Wes Endicott Victory at Table Rock Lake
Kimberling City, MO. – April 4, 2009 - Hosting the second Missouri tournament, the Northeast crew greeted 123 anglers in the Ozark Room of the Kimberling City Inn. The buzz at registration was that it would take 24 pounds to win this tournament. As launch time approached, the national anthem rang thru the hillsides and the anglers were ready to descend onto Table Rock Lake.
Weigh in began at 3 PM and 709 pounds later Wes Endicott of Joplin Missouri had run away with the victory, eclipsing the field by more than a 7 pound margin of victory. Wes had a total of 24.16 lbs, and anchored his catch with big bass of the tournament at 7.27 pounds. Wes has been fishing bass tournaments since 1996. Wes came to Table Rock Thursday to do some pre-fishing. He spent most of the morning fishing the deeper water off of points. In the afternoon he changed tactics and went shallower because he was not getting the bite he thought he should be getting in the deeper water. He started throwing a football style jig to structure in 3 to 5 feet of water, revisiting some of the points that he had fished earlier in the morning, and was able to get some quality bites. He decided that was the pattern he would use tournament morning. At launch, Wes went to a cove close by and started hitting points. At the second point he came upon he caught 3 fish in a row. He went across the mouth of the bay to another point and put another fish in the boat. He decided to make a little bit of a run to another cove that he knew of and threw that jig close to a boat dock. That is when he stuck the big bass of the tournament. His bait of choice was a hand tied Jewel football jig.
Wes is from Joplin, Missouri where he has lived his whole life. He is married and credits his wife Kim who totally supports his fishing. Congratulations, as well as $5330 in prize money go to Wes on a job well done. His new Mercury and MotorGuide motors will earn him an additional $1500 in sponsor bonuses. For the second event in a row, a $1,000 Triton Gold bonus will go to David McCormick of Lees Summit, Missouri, for being the highest finishing Triton Gold angler in the event.
Second place went to Matt Jones from Spokane Missouri with 16.55 lbs.
Weights on the co-angler side were equally impressive with Tim McDaniels from Willow Springs, Missouri catching a three fish limit that weighed in at 13.62 lbs. Ronald England of Springdale, Ark., took second place and big bass honors with a weight of 10.75 anchored by the big fish at 5.43 lbs.
Special thanks go to the town of Kimberling City, the Kimberling City Inn and the Port of Kimberling for hosting the tournament. Midwest hospitality was very evident everywhere we went. From the Northeast crew: Gary, Joe, and Marlene, and Darrell, our National Tournament Director, it was a pleasure to visit Missouri and meet all the anglers. The next event for the Missouri division will be May 16th at Stockton Lake.