Sloan takes the win on Lake Tyler
ATHENS, Ala. – Drew Sloan came out on top during the American Bass Anglers Weekend Bass Series East Texas Division 11 tournament, held March 15, 2014, on Lake Tyler.
Running out of Lake Tyler Marina in Whitehouse, Texas, on a stormy day, the Scurry, Texas, angler won the Boater Division. He caught five bass weighing 13.81 pounds.
In second for the boaters, Jay Kendrick of Nacogdoches, Texas, landed a five-bass tournament limit going 13.15 pounds. The 21-year-old college student collected $1,025 for the effort.
“In practice, I found some really big fish, but they moved,” Kendrick explained. “I was catching them on flats at the north end of the lake, but they moved up to the bank. I was fishing super shallow with a Reaction Innovations Skinny Dipper on a Santone swim jig in baby bass. My last fish of the day was my biggest one. I caught it at 3:09 p.m. on an umbrella rig off a boat dock. I didn’t start throwing it until the last 30 minutes of the day. I caught about 30 keepers.”
Harold J. Bredemeir of Rockwall, Texas, took third for the boaters with five bass going 12.85 pounds. Finishing fourth, Brad Whatley of Bivens, Texas, landed a five-bass limit for 12.81 pounds. Brandon McDonald of Longview, Texas, rounded out the top five boaters with five bass at 12.72 pounds.
Eric Leuschner of Henderson, Texas, only caught one bass, but made it count. His 9.91-pounder took the tournament lunker title.
In the Co-Angler Division, Thomas Helsley of Duncanville, Texas, won with three bass going 10.85 pounds. He sealed his victory with a 5.48-pound kicker that won the division big bass contest. For the win, Helsley collected a check worth $1,030, plus $54 for the bucketmouth.
“I caught most of my fish early in the morning,” Helsley said. “I caught my two biggest bass back to back within 10 minutes of each other. I caught my fish in four to six feet of water with a shaky head tipped with a Berkley Power Worm. I retrieved it really slowly and just twitched it a bit. I caught seven fish including one spotted bass and didn’t lose any.”
Taking second for the co-anglers, Robert “Lynn” L. Roller of Fort Worth, Texas, brought in a three-bass division limit for 10.32 pounds including a 3.68-pound kicker. Joey Mason of Palestine, Texas, placed third with three bass going 9.87 pounds. In fourth place, Homer E. Doherty of Ennis, Texas, brought in three bass for 8.34 pounds including a 4.34-pound kicker. Bennie Anderson of Grand Prairie, Texas, finished fifth with three bass at 8.31 pounds topped by a 4.91-pound kicker.
Slated for May 17, 2014, the next divisional tournament will be held on Lake Richland Chambers out of Oak Cove Marina near Corsicana, Texas. 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 Porter Trimble, tournament manager, at 318-201-3474 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.