Johnson takes the title on Watts Barr
ATHENS, Ala. – Adam Johnston went home with the win during the American Bass Anglers Weekend Bass Series Tennessee East Division 4 tournament, held March 22, 2014, on Watts Bar Lake.
Postponed from an earlier date, the tournament ran out of Tom Fuller Park in Rockwood, Tenn. The Knoxville, Tenn., angler caught five bass weighing 19.66 pounds for a 3.92-pound average. He anchored his bag with a 4.96-pound kicker.
“I caught fish on a Rat-L-Trap,” Johnston revealed. “I also caught some on a Tennessee rig.”
In second for the boaters, Gerald W. Clingerman of Woollum, Ky., landed a five-bass tournament limit going 18.64 pounds including a 5.50-pound kicker.
“I caught one bass on a jerkbait and more on an Alabama rig tipped with Skinner Dippers,” Clingerman said.
John Justice of Oliver Springs, Tenn., took third for the boaters with five bass going 18.29 pounds. He anchored his catch with a 4.40-pound.
“I used an Alabama rig with white swim baits,” Justice declared.
Finishing fourth, George I. Wells IV of Knoxville, Tenn., landed four bass for 16.70 pounds including a 4.48-pound kicker. Jerry S. Monroe of Athens, Tenn., rounded out the top five boaters with five bass at 16.42 pounds topped by a 3.82-pound kicker. Travis Lawson of Loudon, Tenn., boated the tournament big bass, a 6.51-pounder.
“I caught the big bass on a square-bill crankbait,” Lawson said.
In the Co-Angler Division, Darren Kelly of Wartburg, Tenn., won with three bass going 16.23 pounds for a 5.41-pound average. He sealed his victory with a 5.99-pound kicker that set the division lunker standard.
“I caught all of my fish on an Alabama rig,” Kelly said.
Taking second for the co-anglers, Jared Sullivan of Hixon, Tenn., brought in a three-bass division limit for 12.93 pounds including a 5.17-pound kicker.
“Early, I caught fish on a red Rat-L-Trap up shallow,” Sullivan explained. “When it got warmer, I caught fish on an Alabama rig.”
Don W. Bible II of Knoxville, Tenn., placed third among the co-anglers with two bass going 7.55 pounds. He anchored his catch with a 5.12-pound.
“One of my fish came on a clown-colored jerkbait,” Bible said. “The other fish came on a sexy shad Rat-L-Trap.”
In fourth place among the co-anglers, Jesse Bird of Pikeville, Tenn., brought in two bass for 6.10 pounds including a 3.52-pound kicker. Chris C. Walters of Dayton, Tenn., finished in fifth place with two bass at 5.83 pounds.
Slated for April 12, 2014, the next divisional tournament will be held on Lake Chickamauga out of Dayton Boat Dock near Dayton, Tenn. 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.