Sykora wins Missouri opener on Table Rock
ATHENS, Ala. – Marcus Sykora opened the divisional season by winning the American Bass Anglers Weekend Bass Series Missouri Division 16 tournament, held March 8, 2014, on Table Rock Lake.
Running out of Table Rock State Park near Branson, Mo., the Osage Beach, Mo., angler caught five bass weighing 12.74 pounds. He anchored his bag with a 3.16-pound kicker. For the Boater Division victory, Sykora took home a check for $1,282.
“I caught my fish on an Alabama rig with swimming flukes, Chompers grubs and a Chompers shad head,” Sykora said.
In second for the boaters, Doug Henzlik of Overland Park, Kan., landed a five-bass tournament limit going 12.19 pounds with a 2.78-pound kicker. He collected $634 for the effort.
“I caught my fish on an Alabama rig around main lake points with trees on them,” Henzlik revealed.
David E. Ryan of Levasy, Mo., took third for the boaters with four bass going 8.21 pounds. He anchored his catch with a 2.30-pound kicker to earn $418.
“I caught my fish on an Alabama rig,” Ryan explained. “The boat was sitting in 40 to 70 feet of water over sunken trees that topped out about 10 to 20 feet from the surface.”
Finishing fourth, Charles J. Edgar of Warsaw, Mo., landed three bass weighing 6.48 pounds including a 2.31-pound kicker. Terry J. Nold of Jefferson City, Mo., rounded out the top five boaters with five bass at 6.02 pounds.
Roger Springs of Osage Beach, Mo., finished seventh with two bass going 4.81 pounds, but his largest weighed 3.27-pounds. That fish won the tournament big bass title.
“I fished an Alabama rig around chunk rock,” Springs advised.
In the Co-Angler Division, Brian T. Gibler of Baldwin City, Kan., won with two bass going 3.45 pounds.
“I was swimming a grub in about 30 feet of water,” Gibler said.
Taking second for the co-anglers, Rod S. Bowersox of Versailles, Mo., brought in one bass weighing 3.23 pounds. The fish put Bowersox in second place and also earned the division lunker honors. He caught his bass on a tube bait up shallow.
Jeremy C. Johnson of Kansas City, Kan., brought in one keeper going 2.75 pounds to place third among the co-anglers. He collected a check worth $209.
“I caught the fish on an Alabama rig with smoke-colored grubs,” Johnson said.
In fourth place among the co-anglers, Charles Capehart of Olathe, Kan., brought in a 2.32-pounder. Pat Lesicko of Staunton, Ill., finished in fifth place with a 2.07-pound bass.
Slated for April 26, 2014, the next divisional tournament will be held on Lake of the Ozarks out of PB Landing #2 near Osage Beach, Mo. At the end of the season, the best WBS anglers from across the nation will fish the 2014 Ray Scott Championship, slated for Wheeler Lake in Decatur, Ala., from Nov. 15-18. The champion boater will receive $100,000 and possibly up to $50,000 in Triton Gold Bonus money. The co-angler champion will win $50,000 and possibly up to $25,000 in Triton Gold Bonus money.
As a special Ray Scott Championship bonus, the Boater Division and Co-Angler Division champions will each receive entry fees and sponsorship into the one of two professional bass fishing series of the angler’s choice. The sponsorship includes entry fees into three professional events and sponsorship support. This sponsorship will put the champion within striking distance of one of two professional bass fishing championships.
At WBS events throughout the season, boater and co-angler competitors may also win hefty bonuses from such sponsors as Triton Boats, Mercury Outboards, Royal Purple, MotorGuide and T-H Marine. See the manufacturer web sites for specific details on how to qualify for these bonuses.
For more information on this tournament, call Kristin Malott, tournament manager, at 256-771-3709 or call ABA at 256-232-0406. On line, see www.americanbassanglers.com.
About American Bass Anglers: American Bass Anglers is committed to providing low cost, close to home tournaments for the weekend angler and at the same time offer each competitor an upward path for individual angler progression. For more information about American Bass Anglers, the Weekend Bass Series, the American Fishing Tour or the American Couples Series, visit www.americanbassanglers.com.