Dowling, Stanley tie in Tennessee
ATHENS, Ala. – Craig Dowling and Matt R. Stanley tied for victory during the American Bass Anglers Weekend Bass Series Tennessee Central Division 3 tournament, held March 29, 2014, on Kentucky Lake near Paris, Tenn.
Running out of Paris Landing State Park in Buchanan, Tenn., Dowling of Franklin, Tenn., and Stanley of Alexandria, Tenn., each landed a five-bass tournament limit weighing 29.08 pounds for a 5.82-pound average. Stanley capped his catch with a 7.33-pound kicker. Dowling’s biggest bass weighed 6.09 pounds. For sharing the Boater Division title, each angler took home a check worth $1,744.
Brent Anderson of Kingston Springs, Tenn., took the undisputed third place for the boaters with five bass going 25.82 pounds. He anchored his catch with a 6.54-pound kicker.
“I caught my fish on an umbrella rig with Strike King Swim’n Caffeine Shads in 10 feet of water close to the Paris area,” Anderson said.
Finishing fourth, David Gnewikow of Mount Juliet, Tenn., landed a five-bass limit for 24.70 pounds including a 7.79-pound kicker. Josh B. Tramel of Smithville, Tenn., rounded out the top five boaters with five bass at 24.05 pounds. James D. Barlow of Walling, Tenn., landed the tournament lunker, an 8.68-pounder.
“I caught the big one on an Alabama rig in eight feet of water,” Barlow said.
In the Co-Angler Division, Byran D. Cochran of Cookeville, Tenn., won with three bass going 14.47 pounds for a 4.82-pound average. He sealed his victory with a 5.82-pound kicker to pocket a check for $1,165.
“I caught my fish on an Alabama rig in deep water,” Cochran said.
Taking second for the co-anglers, Preston Villers of Murfreesboro, Tenn., brought in a three-bass division limit for 13.88 pounds including a 6.42-pound kicker that took division big bass honors. He collected $580 for the effort and an extra $134 for the lunker.
“I caught my fish on a white spinnerbait,” Villers said.
Elmus A. Johnson of Smithville, Tenn., placed third among the co-anglers with three bass going 13.54 pounds. He anchored his catch with a 6.01-pound kicker to earn $398.
“I used an Alabama rig,” Johnson said.
In fourth place among the co-anglers, Buyrl W. Shirley of Sparta, Tenn., brought in three bass for 12.24 pounds including a 4.36-pound kicker. David G. Welcher of Burns, Tenn., finished in fifth place with three bass at 11.76 pounds topped by a 5.17-pound kicker.
Slated for April 12, 2014, the next divisional tournament will be held on Old Hickory Lake out of Sanders Ferry near Hendersonville, 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 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.