Kinsey goes deep for Lake Ouachita victory
ATHENS, Ala. – Von Kinsey changed tactics enough to win the Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Weekend Series, operated by American Bass Anglers, Arkansas Division 12 tournament, held March 3, 2012, on Lake Ouachita.
Running out of Mountain Harbor Resort near Mount Ida to fish the 40,100-acre impoundment on the Ouachita River, the 45-year-old Clarksville angler caught five bass weighing 16.90 pounds to seal the Boater Division win. On a frosty morning, he caught 15 bass and anchored his bag with a 4.74-pounder, the biggest landed in the Boater Division.
“I thought the fish were going to move up shallow, but couldn’t find anything so I went deep,” Kinsey said. “I found a couple windy points in practice and caught some quality fish. The fish were coming up on the bait from 40 feet of water, but wouldn’t stay up on top. They kept going back down. I threw the Alabama rig with 3.5-inch swimbaits in blue, silver and white with 1/8-ounce jigheads. I counted it down to the strike zone and slow-rolled it back to the boat.” For the win, Kinsey took home $2,726.
In second for the 56 boaters, Adam J. Wright, 39, of Benton brought in a five-bass tournament limit going 15.73 pounds. He topped his catch with a 3.75-pounder to take home $1,228.
“I located some pre-spawn fish in staging areas around grassy points,” Wright said. “I threw a Spinderella, an Alabama-rig type bait with four spinnerbait blades. I had swimming flukes on it. I caught about 20 bass and lost a couple fish.”
Don J. Brown, 58, of Malvern landed in third place with five bass going 15.47 pounds with a 4.18-pound kicker. He pocketed $819.
“The fish were really scattered and deep, about 25 to 40 feet deep,” Brown said. “Once I got on them, they were pretty easy to catch. I found some deep drops with grass on the edges about 18 to 20 feet deep. I only caught six, but they were solid chunks. I used a homemade umbrella rig that I call the chicken rig. I used four swimbaits with two teaser baits fished about 15 to 20 feet deep, depending upon the grass.”
Matt Mize of Ben Lomond placed fourth with five bass at 15.15 pounds. Kevin Fant of Kirby rounded out the top five boaters with five bass going 14.56 pounds with a 4.07-pound kicker.
In the Co-Angler Division, Evan L. Barnes, 21, of Casa won it all. He caught three keepers weighing 12.13 pounds. He anchored his bag with a 6.34-pound lunker that won tournament big bass honors. For the victory, Barnes earned $1,150 plus a $123 bonus for the big bass.
“We pulled up to our first point and I caught the 6-pounder on the third cast,” Barnes said. “They just kept biting from there. I culled once and knew I probably had enough to win. I sat down and let my boater catch his limit. I only fished about three hours. I was throwing a custom-made Alabama rig with spinners and rolling it across the brush tops. I caught about 13 fish.”
Justin V. Mounce took second among the co-anglers with a three-bass division limit weighing 11.36 pounds. The Springdale angler capped his catch with a 5.04-pounder.
In third for the co-anglers, Skipper Grise of Hot Springs brought in three keepers for 11.21 pounds followed by Johnny Manning of Arkadelphia with three bass going 10.37 pounds. Mance W. Fowler of Fort Smith placed fifth with three bass at 9.03 pounds.
For more information on this tournament, call Porter Trimble at (318) 201-3474 or call ABA at (888) 203-6222. On line, see www.americanbassanglers.com.
-- John N. Felsher
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