Dorsett notches close victory on Lay Lake
ATHENS, Ala. – By less than four ounces, Kyle Dorsett won the Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Weekend Series, operated by American Bass Anglers, Alabama South Division 2 tournament, held March 10, 2012, on Lay Lake.
Running out of Beeswax Creek Landing near Columbiana, the Odenville angler caught five bass weighing 21.39 pounds to win the Boater Division. Beating his nearest competitor by less than four ounces, he returned home with a check for $3,353.
“I fished from mid-lake to the lower end,” Dorsett admitted. “I caught three fish, including my biggest bass, off beds and two flipping grass. On the beds, I used a creature bait. I caught about 30 bass.”
In second for the 90 boaters, Justin H. Hamner of Northport landed a five-bass tournament limit weighing 21.17 pounds. He pocketed $1,676.
“I mainly fished shallow flats upriver with a Rat-L-Trap and a Davis jig,” Hamner said.
Justin K. Seagle of Alabaster took third with five bass and 20.41 pounds. He anchored his catch with a 4.76-pounder, winning $1,118.
“We caught most of our fish in Beeswax Creek on Rat-L-Traps,” Seagle said. “Early in the morning, I caught a few by pitching a creature bait. We also ran upriver to fish a creek and culled some fish. We caught two fish right before we weighed in including one right around the corner from the marina. It also hit a Rat-L-Trap.”
Coby Carden of Calera landed in fourth place with a five-fish limit weighing 18.93 pounds to earn $782. He anchored his bag with a 7.52-pounder that took the tournament big bass title and earned him another $440. Tommy C. Pegues III of Montgomery followed close behind with five bass and 18.55 pounds including a 6.27-pound kicker.
In the Co-Angler Division, Jason “Ryan” R. Davis of Vincent won with three bass going 12.67 pounds. He anchored his bag with 4.81-pound kicker to take home $1,676.
“We caught fish by flipping a beaver into matted grass,” Davis said. “I caught one fish upriver and two others downriver. Downriver, the water was muddy. We had to find thick mats of grass. I caught one of my big ones at about 10:30 a.m. and another big one at 2:30 a.m.”
Ethan A. Isbell of Columbiana took second for the co-anglers. He caught a three-bass daily division limit weighing 9.99 pounds to win $838.
“I did a little cranking, but caught most of my fish on spinnerbaits,” Isbell said. “It was steady throughout the whole day. My partner and I probably caught about 40 fish.”
In third, Ron Hadden of Valley Grand landed a limit going 9.94 pounds. He anchored his bag with a 5.57-pound bucketmouth that won division lunker honors. For the bag, Hadden collected $559 with an additional $220 for the big one.
“We fished the upper end of the lake and caught fish on several baits including chatterbaits and Zara Spooks,” Hadden said. “I caught the big fish at 2:30 p.m. on a chatterbait.”
Dwight Warren of Tallassee finished in fourth for the co-anglers with three bass and 9.73 pounds. Rounding out the top five co-anglers, Donald “Donny” H. Davis of Spruce Pine brought in three bass weighing 9.55 pounds.
For more information on this tournament, call Billy Benedetti at (256) 230-5632 or call ABA at (888) 203-6222. On line, see www.americanbassanglers.com.
-- John N. Felsher
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