Harcourt tallies tight win on Harris Chain
ATHENS, Ala. – Dean R. Harcourt edged out the competition by three one-hundredths of a pound to win the American Bass Anglers Weekend Bass Series Florida Division 6 tournament, held March 8, 2014, on the Harris Chain of Lakes in central Florida.
Running out of Hickory Point Recreational Facility in Tavares, Fla., the Sebastian, Fla., angler caught five bass weighing 18.50 pounds including a 5.01-pound kicker. For the Boater Division victory, Harcourt took home a check for $2,580.
“I started on Big Harris until after 11 a.m.,” Harcourt revealed. “We mostly fished pads. I caught fish on a couple different baits including a junebug trick worm and a black senko. I caught a couple bass on a chatterbait as well. I lost one fish.”
In second for the boaters, Kent Smart of Tavares, Fla., landed a five-bass tournament limit going 18.47 pounds. He anchored his bag with an 8.72-pound bucketmouth to win the tournament big bass title. Smart pocketed a check worth $1,246 for second place and an extra $157 for the big bass.
“I fished Lake Dora,” Smart said. “I flipped the grass with a junebug blue plastic craw. The bite was better later in the day. I caught the big fish at about 11 a.m. I missed one good fish.”
Keith J. Carson of DeBary, Fla., took third for the boaters with five bass going 17.29 pounds. He earned $876 for the effort.
“I mostly flipped buggy whips in Lake Dora,” Carson explained. “I targeted spawning fish. I’d catch a buck bass and then flip back in there and catch a big one. I mostly flipped a Speed Craw and a black and blue beaver on a 3/8-ounce weight. I lost one about three pounds that might have won it for me.”
Finishing fourth, Fred Rigdon of Belleview, Fla., landed a five-bass limit for 16.40 pounds. Cody Detweiler of Orlando, Fla., rounded out the top five boaters with four bass going 15.35 pounds.
In the Co-Angler Division, Kyle Jones won his first tournament victory. The 16-year-old angler from Leesburg, Fla., landed three bass going 18.06 pounds for a 6.02-pound average. He upped his average and sealed his victory with a 7.58-pound kicker that won the division big bass title. For the victory, Kyle earned $1,295 with another $76 for the big bass.
“I caught my fish on a silver and blue Rat-L-Trip,” Jones advised. “We fished on Lake Griffin. I didn’t lose any fish.”
Taking second for the co-anglers, Billy A. Brokaw of Haines City, Fla., brought in a three-bass division limit for 16.83 pounds including a 7.05-pound kicker. He collected $636 for the effort.
“We fished Lake Harris,” Brokaw said. “I caught my fish on a 10-inch redbug worm. I caught two other fish on a Rat-L-Trap. I had four bites and caught four fish.”
Sawyer W. Dukes of Ocala, Fla., placed third among the co-anglers with three bass going 9.15 pounds. He earned $424.
“We started on Lake Griffin throwing flukes,” Dukes said. “My boater was on fish, but I wasn’t catching anything. By 11 a.m., I finally caught my third fish. At about 1 p.m., we went to Lake Eustis and I caught two better fish on a chrome Rat-L-Trap. That’s all I caught all day, five fish.”
In fourth place among the co-anglers, Steven C. Jones of Ocala, Fla., brought in three bass for 7.98 pounds including a 3.37-pound kicker. August M. Carnahan of Celebration, Fla., finished in fifth place with three bass at 7.39 pounds.
Slated for April 5, 2014, the next divisional tournament will be held on Lake Tohopekaliga out of Lakefront Park near Kissimmee, Fla. 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 Billy Benedetti, tournament manager, at 256-230-5632 or 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.