Box beats the rest at Lake Pickwick
ATHENS, Ala. – Anthony Box bested the rest to win the American Bass Anglers Weekend Bass Series Mississippi Division 17 tournament, held March 15, 2014, on Pickwick Lake.
Running out of J.P. Coleman State Park near Iuka, Miss., the Mantachie, Miss., angler caught five bass weighing 20.14 pounds for a 4.03-pound average. He anchored his bag with a 6.35-pound kicker. For the Boater Division victory, Box took home a check for $1,764.
“I threw an Alabama rig all day,” Box explained. “I had silver and black swimbaits on it.”
In second for the boaters, Thomas A. Cook III of Booneville, Miss., landed a five-bass tournament limit going 17.72 pounds with a 5.32-pound kicker. He collected $848 for the effort.
“I caught my fish on an Alabama rig and a Carolina rig,” Cook said.
Koby Newman of Kennedy, Ala., took third for the boaters with five bass going 16.79 pounds. He anchored his catch with a 7.60-pound kicker that won the tournament lunker honors. For third place, Newman earned $580 with a bonus for the big bass.
“I caught my fish on a sexy shad Rat-L-Trap and a swimbait,” Newman said.
Finishing fourth, Will Dupler of Columbus, Miss., landed a five-bass limit for 16.67 pounds. Michael Swider of Oxford, Miss., rounded out the top five boaters with five bass going 16.11 pounds.
In the Co-Angler Division, T. J. Graham of Baldwin, Miss., won with three bass going 14.13 pounds for a 4.71-pound average. He sealed his victory with a 5.81-pound kicker to pocket a check for $877.
“I used an Alabama rig down deep,” Graham revealed.
Taking second for the co-anglers, Jason McPhail of Savannah, Tenn., brought in a three-bass division limit for 13.15 pounds including a 5.53-pound kicker. He collected $424 for the effort.
“I caught my fish on a homemade Alabama rig,” McPhail explained. “I had four different colored lures on it. I fished it in about seven feet of water.”
Ben Crump of Jackson, Miss., placed third among the co-anglers with three bass going 11.24 pounds. He anchored his catch with a 6.55-pound kicker that took the division big bass title. Crump earned $290 for third place and an extra $38 for the big bass.
“The big fish hit on the second cast of the morning,” Crump recalled. “It almost took the rod out of my hands. On the next cast, I lost my Alabama rig.”
In fourth place among the co-anglers, Clint Frederick of Hodges, Ala., brought in three bass for 11.23 pounds. Mark Willins of Bartlett, Tenn., finished in fifth place with three bass at 11 pounds topped by a 4.51-pound kicker.
Slated for May 3, 2014, the next divisional tournament will also be held on Lake Pickwick out of J.P. Coleman State Park. 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.