Davidson wins first event in Indiana Division
ATHENS, Ala. – Calvin M. Davidson set the standard by winning the first Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Weekend Series, operated by American Bass Anglers, event held in the new Indiana Division 7. Running out of Newton-Stewart South Marina on Lake Patoka near Birdseye on March 31, 2012, the Plainfield angler caught five bass weighing 19.98 pounds. He anchored his bag with a 4.91-pound kicker.
“I fished a green tube slowly against the weeds and stumps,” Davidson explained. “I fished anything that stuck out a little bit. The better fish were in about five to six feet of water, but some fish were up spawning in the shallows. I started culling at 9:30 a.m. and had nine keepers by 11 a.m. I broke off a couple good fish.”
In second for the boaters, Michael P. Elsea of Mooresville brought in a five-bass tournament limit weighing 19.50 pounds. He capped his catch with a 5.05-pound kicker.
“Everything is in transition,” Elsea said. “I caught all my fish on the beds in five feet of water or less. I could see most of them. I threw a brown jig with a little orange in it and a pink senko. The three biggest bass I caught were on the jig.”
Brad Moser of New Albany placed third among the boaters with four bass going 13.65 pounds. His biggest fish weighed 4.86 pounds.
“I just got lucky and pulled up on the right grass bed within sight of the landing,” Moser explained. “My bait of choice was a white Splash-It. We caught all of our fish really shallow.”
Tom Forrester of Bloomington placed fourth among the boaters with four bass at 12.87 pounds with a 5.23-pound kicker. Lee E. Mills of Columbus, Ind., rounded out the top five boaters with three bass going 12.67 pounds, but he anchored his bag with a 6.80-pounder that took the tournament big bass title.
In the Co-Angler Division, Nathaniel C. Hester of Indianapolis won with two bass weighing 9.70 pounds. One of his fish weighed 5.35 pounds, sealing his victory.
Rod Yoder of West Lafayette took second for the co-anglers with a three-bass division limit going 8.44 pounds.
“I culled my first fish the hard way, losing it halfway back to the boat,” Yoder lamented. “That’s a rough way to start the day! After losing that first fish, I was lucky to finish with a limit. I caught two fish on a Speed Craw. One hit a centipede fished on a Carolina rig. We fished shallow, targeting the backs of pockets with little ditches running into them.”
Brad Bonwell of Cambridge City began in a good way, catching three keepers for 6.78 pounds. He collected $231 for the effort.
“I caught the first two keepers in the first 15 minutes on a square-billed crawfish-colored crankbait,” Bonwell said. “I caught the last keeper at about 2 p.m. on the same bait. I fished in about 2.5 feet of water all day long.”
Clayton A. Vanosdol of Butlerville only landed one bass, but his 5.54-pounder gave him fourth place and the division lunker title. James “Tony” A. Wilson of Cincinnati, Ohio, rounded out the top five co-anglers by catching two bass going 4.38 pounds.
For more information on this tournament, call Randy Sullivan at (256) 230-5633 or ABA at (888) 203-6222. On line, see www.americanbassanglers.com.
-- John N. Felsher
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