Glasgow earns trip to Bassmaster Classic
ATHENS, Ala. – Allan Glasgow came from behind to win the 2011 Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Weekend Series National Championship tournament, operated by American Bass Anglers, held Nov. 9-12 on the Santee-Cooper lakes out of John C Land III Landing near Summerton, S.C.
The Ashville, Ala., champ held second place in the Boater Division after Day 3 with 55.75 pounds, including a 5.73-pounder. On the fourth and final day, Glasgow caught four bass weighing 9.35 pounds, but took the championship with a four-day total of 19 bass weighing 65.10 pounds.
Glasgow moved steadily up the ladder throughout the contest. On Day 1, he caught 13.90 pounds to hold 27th place. On Day 2, he brought in 20.70 pounds, the biggest bag of the day, to move into third place with 34.60 pounds. On Day 3, he landed 21.15 pounds, the largest single-day bag of the tournament, to advance to second place.
As the Boater Division champion, Glasgow took home $100,000 in prize money. He will also represent ABA in the 2012 Bassmaster Classic, which will be held Feb. 24-26 on the Red River in Shreveport, La.
Only the top 25 boaters and top 25 co-anglers fished on the final day. Taking second for the boaters, Wade Grooms of Bonneau, S.C., brought in four consecutive five-bass daily tournament limits for 64.37 pounds. Placing 17th on Day 1, he caught 15.59 pounds. He 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 to maintain his hold on third with 49.74 pounds. On the final day, he landed 14.63 pounds.
Kenneth W. Heckel of Lamar, Ind., finished third with 20 bass weighing 64.32 pounds. He opened the tournament in first place with 20.01 pounds. On Day 2, he caught 10.87 pounds to drop into eighth place. On Day 3, he caught 16.17 pounds to jump to fourth place. On Day 4, he landed 17.27 pounds, the biggest bag caught on the final day.
After leading on Day 2 and Day 3, Mike Jackson of San Mateo, Fla., blanked on the final day to finish fourth with 15 bass going 58.69 pounds. On Day 1, he also held fourth place with 17.88 pounds. Jackson brought in 20.55 pounds on Day 2 and 20.26 pounds on Day 3 with a 7.65-pound kicker.
Trenton L. Whitehouse of Bristow, Okla., rounded out the top five boaters with a four-day catch of 19 bass weighing 58.54 pounds with one 6.60-pounder. He caught 17.05 pounds on Day 1 to hold sixth place. On Day 2, he moved up to fifth place with a catch of 14.80 pounds for a two-day total of 31.85 pounds. On Day 3, he stayed in fifth place, catching 14.04 pounds for a total of 45.89 pounds. On the final day, he landed 12.65 pounds. Setting the tournament lunker standard on Day 1, Dan Fry of Marysville, Ohio, brought in an 8.76-pounder.
In the Co-Angler Division, Michael M. Smith of Laurel Hill, Fla., won $50,000 by catching four consecutive three-bass daily division limits for 35.92 pounds. On Day 1, he brought in 8.77 pounds for 11th place. On Day 2, he moved into third place with 18.63 pounds after catching 9.86 pounds. He maintained third on Day 3 with an 8.06-pound sack for a total of 26.69 pounds. On the last day, he took the lead with a 9.23-pound catch.
Finishing second for the co-anglers, Chad Schroeder of Dallas, N.C. brought in a four-day total of nine bass for 29.99 pounds with a 6.11-pound kicker. He held third on Day 1 with 11.64 pounds, but dropped to eighth place on Day 2 after catching 2.06 pounds for a two-day total of 13.70 pounds. On Day 3, Schroeder came in with 13.52 pounds to vault to second place with 27.22 pounds. On the final day, he caught 2.77 pounds.
Ronny Webb of Dyersburg, Tenn., led for three days, but fell to third place with 10 bass going 29.75 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. On Day 4, he brought in 1.96 pounds.
In fourth for the co-anglers, James R. Harrison Jr. of Anniston, Ala., finished with 10 bass for 29.72 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, to move into second place with 22.19 pounds. On Day 3, he caught 1.91 pounds, dropping to fourth place with 24.10 pounds. He wrapped up the tournament with 5.62 pounds.
Anchored by his 7.53-pounder that took the division big bass title, Christian M. Thomas of Leesburg, Va., finished fifth among the co-anglers with six bass at 28.75 pounds. He held second place on Day 1 with 12.44 pounds. Blanking on Day 2, he dropped to 18th place, but came back on Day 3 with his 7.53-pounder to move into eighth place with 19.97 pounds. On the final day, he caught 8.78 pounds.
The competitors could fish anywhere in the 171,000-acre Santee-Cooper chain of lakes. Lake Marion on the Santee River covers about 110,600 acres and connects to the 60,400-acre Lake Moultrie on the Cooper River through a 6.5-mile diversion canal.
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.