Gwinn wins Arkansas opener on Lake Degray
ATHENS, Ala. – Danny Gwinn opened up the new Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Weekend Series, operated by American Bass Anglers, Arkansas Division 12 season with a victory on Feb. 4, 2012.
Running out of the Spillway Boat Ramp Marina near Arkadelphia to fish the 13,400-acre Lake Degray on the Caddo River, the Mount Ida angler landed five bass weighing 18.29 pounds. He started the year off right by pocketing $2,253 for the Boater Division victory.
“I fished the umbrella, or Alabama, rig in one creek all day long,” Gwinn explained. “On the rig, I had 6-inch Kalin’s Magumbo grubs. I slowed the bait down. We caught about 40 fish between the two of us. The rain helped us. It stirred up the baitfish. When the sun came out, the fish quit biting.”
In second for the boaters, Kevin R. Brown also landed a five-bass tournament limit to bring in 17.50 pounds. The Malvern angler anchored his bag with a 4.73-pounder and collected $1,126.
“I fished channel swings in deep water,” Brown said. “I caught all my fish on a 1-ounce Spindarella rig with 3.5-inch shad-colored swimbaits in 35 to 45 feet of water. The later in the day, the more active the fish became. I didn’t get a bite until about noon. I caught about 15 bass.”
Brian Liles of Texarkana took third among the boaters with five bass going 13.70 pounds. His biggest weighed 3.41 pounds. Liles took home a check for $751.
“Earlier in the week, I found two creeks with the water temperatures about a degree warmer,” Liles said. “They were holding a lot of shad. I just alternated between the two creeks. I caught about 30 fish and culled three times. The warmer weather put the fish in shallower water. I was using an Alabama rig with 3-inch golden shiner swimbaits.”
Erik Adland of Benton landed in fourth place with four bass going 13.39 pounds including a 4.47-pound kicker. Ray A. Cates of Texarkana brought in a five-bass limit for 12.88 pounds for fifth place among the boaters. David G. Summers of Mount Ida only landed one bass, but his 5.70-pounder took division lunker honors.
In the Co-Angler Division, Tabitha Lancaster of Arkadelphia showed the boys how to do it. She landed a three-bass division limit weighing 8.25 pounds to earn $1,080.
“I used one bait and stayed in the same spot all day,” Lancaster said. “I threw an Alabama rig all day with smoking shad swimming flukes on it. I threw it on 80-pound PowerPro and just slow-rolled it. I caught four fish and lost one about 9 pounds. It came off right at the boat.”
In second, Nathaniel “Nate” W. Hall of Sheridan brought in three bass for 7.69 pounds with a 2.73-pound kicker. Robert J. Bartoszek of Conway followed with a three-bass limit going 7.26 pounds.
In fourth for the co-anglers, Lane B. Peeples of Texarkana landed two keepers weighing 7.08 pounds with one of them tipping the scales at 4.33 pounds. Donnie Deaton of Gurdon rounded out the top five co-anglers with three bass and 7.07 pounds. Justin T. Padgett of Atkins brought in the big bass of the day, a 6.03-pounder.
For more information on this tournament, call Porter Trimble at (318) 201-3474 or ABA at (888) 203-6222. On line, see www.americanbassanglers.com.
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