Jackson stays on top as tourney enters final day
ATHENS, Ala. – Mike Jackson brought in another 20-pound sack to maintain his lead after three days of intense competition during the 2011 Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Weekend Series National Championship, operated by American Bass Anglers.
All anglers fished the first three days, which ended Nov. 11. Only the top 25 boaters and top 25 co-anglers will compete on Nov. 12, the final day. Launching out of John C Land III Landing near Summerton, S.C., the anglers could fish anywhere in the 171,000-acre Santee-Cooper lakes. The final free public weigh-in begins at 3 p.m. Nov. 12.
Jackson of San Mateo, Fla., landed his third consecutive five-bass daily tournament limit for a total of 15 bass going 58.69 pounds. Holding fourth on Day 1 with 17.88 pounds, he took the Boater Division lead on Day 2 with a 20.55-pound effort for 38.43 pounds. On the third day, he brought in the second largest bag at 20.26 pounds and anchored it with a 7.65-pound kicker.
Allan Glasgow of Ashville, Ala., moved up one spot into second place among the 176 boaters with a three-day total of 15 bass weighing 55.75 pounds capped by a 5.73-pounder. After catching 13.90 pounds on Day 1, he landed the biggest bag on Day 2, 20.70 pounds to hold third with 34.60 pounds. On Day 3, the landed 21.15 pounds, the largest single-day bag of the championship tournament.
Dropping one spot, Wade Grooms of Bonneau, S.C., holds third with 15 bass at 49.74 pounds. He caught 15.59 pounds on Day 1, but added 19.10 pounds on Day 2 to move into second place with 34.69 pounds. On the third day, he landed 15.05 pounds.
After dropping to eighth place on Day 2, Kenneth W. Heckel of Lamar, Ind., moved back into the top four with 15 bass weighing 47.05 pounds. He opened in the lead with 20.01 pounds and added 10.87 pounds for 30.88 pounds on Day 2. On Day 3, he caught 16.17 pounds.
Trenton L. Whitehouse of Bristow, Okla., stayed in the fifth place position with 15 bass going 45.89 pounds anchored by a 6.60-pounder. He caught 17.05 pounds on Day 1, followed by 14.80 pounds for a two-day total of 31.85 pounds. On the third day, he brought in 14.04 pounds. With a fish he caught on Day 1, Dan Fry of Marysville, Ohio, stayed atop the lunker pyramid with an 8.76-pounder.
In the Co-Angler Division, Ronny Webb of Dyersburg, Tenn., continued his three-day lead, catching nine bass totaling 27.79 pounds with a 4.90-pound kicker. He caught 12.71 pounds on Day 1, 10.16 pounds on Day 2 and 4.92 pounds on Day 3.
“It’s too tight for me,” Webb admitted. “I only caught three keepers on Day 3 and all three came on Carolina rigs. I had a green pumpkin or watermelon trick worm on the end of it. I fished points in Lake Marion and stayed shallow, two to five feet deep. I’m hoping I can get back to my Rat-L-Trap and crankbait bite.”
After placing third on Day 1 with a three-bass daily division limit going 11.64 pounds, Chad Schroeder of Dallas, N.C. dropped to eighth place with 13.70 pounds on Day 2. Catching 13.52 pounds on Day 3, the largest single-day bag by any co-angler, he jumped to second place with seven bass at 27.22 pounds.
Michael M. Smith of Laurel Hill, Fla., kept a lock on third place with nine bass weighing 26.69 pounds. After catching 8.77 pounds for 11th place on Day 1, he caught 9.86 pounds on Day 2 to move into third place with 18.63 pounds. On Day 3, he landed 8.06 pounds.
James R. Harrison Jr. of Anniston, Ala., dropped to fourth place with seven bass at 24.10 pounds including a 6.48-pound kicker. On Day 1, he held 10th place with 8.96 pounds, but caught 13.23 pounds on Day 2, the second largest single-day bag caught by a co-angler in the first two days of the tournament, to move into second place with 22.19 pounds. He brought in 1.91 pounds on Day 3.
Rounding out the top five co-anglers, Matt G. Ellis of Nashville, Tenn., landed seven bass for 21.77 pounds with one 4.11-pounder. On Day 1, he held fourth place with 10.64 pounds, but only caught 1.77 pounds on Day 2. On Day 3, he brought in 9.36 pounds.
Christian M. Thomas of Leesburg, Va., took the division big bass lead on Day 3 with a 7.53-pounder. He holds eighth place overall with 19.97 pounds.
The top boater will receive $100,000 and could win up to $205,000 including potential bonuses from Triton Boats, Mercury Marine and MotorGuide. The champion co-angler will take home $50,000 and could grab an additional $52,500 in bonus money. In addition, the winning boater will earn a chance to compete in the 2012 Bassmaster Classic, slated for Feb. 24-26 on the Red River in Shreveport, La.
For more information on this tournament, call ABA at (888) 203-6222. On line, see www.americanbassanglers.com.
About American Bass Anglers: The Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Weekend Series provides weekend anglers a professionally operated competitive tour with a path the world championship of bass fishing the Bassmaster Classic. American Bass Anglers commitment is to provide 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 and the American Fishing Tour, The Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Weekend Series or the American Couples Series, visit www.americanbassanglers.com.