Angler Spotlight: Josh Tramel
By: Evan Boutwell
Every once in a while an angler does something in an event that really stands out. Josh Tramel did just that in a Tennessee Central event of the Weekend Bass Series on April 12, 2014. Josh walked across the stage at Old Hickory Lake that afternoon with 26.92 pounds of smallmouth! Yes, I said almost 27 pounds of smallmouth at Old Hickory. Talk about an awesome catch.
Before I tell you all about the awesome day that he had at Old Hickory, let me give you a little background on Josh Tramel. Josh has fished American Bass Anglers events since 2009. In, 2009 he won a Tennessee Central event at Center Hill Lake. Josh has racked up $15,451 in cash winnings along with 12 top 10 finishes. He is having a phenomenal year in 2014 so far, finishing in the top five in all three Tennessee Central events. Of course, with three top five finishes in one season so far, Josh is currently the points leader in the Tennessee Central division.
On April 12, Josh was on an incredible school of smallmouth at Old Hickory. He fishes Old Hickory quite often and located this school of monster smallies in an offshore current break on the lower end of the lake.
Josh was throwing a Tennessee legal umbrella rig that he built himself. The umbrella rig consisted of five wires, with only three hooks, and four willow leaf blades. Josh was using pearl colored Zoom Swimming Fluke Jr. swimbaits with his umbrella rig.
By 10 a.m. the smallmouth bite had died down, but Josh had already caught at least 12 keeper smallies and culled four that weighed between four and five pounds. Josh sealed his final limit with one cast in which he had a double. This wasn’t just any double up, this double consisted of a five pounder and a 6.58 pound smallie that won Big Bass honors for the day.
I, along with everyone at ABA, would like to congratulate Josh Tramel on one heck of a catch at Old Hickory Lake.