Crain wins squeaker on Weiss Lake
ATHENS, Ala. – By just one-tenth of a pound, George E. Crain won the Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Weekend Series, operated by American Bass Anglers, Alabama North Division 1 tournament, held April 14, 2012, on Weiss Lake.
Running out of Little River Marina near Cedar Bluff, the Cropwell, Ala., angler barely beat the Boater Division competition with five bass going 19.81 pounds. He helped his total with a 4.67-pound kicker to collect $3,301. Less than a pound separated the top four boaters.
“I targeted deep fish on the main river,” Crain explained. “Somebody was already on the spot I wanted to fish. The bite was pretty slow. I had four fish by noon and finished with 10 keepers. I started with a chatterbait and a black and blue jig. When the sun came out, I switched to a brown jig.”
In second for the 91 boaters, Lance J. Wiseman of Cedar Bluff, Ala., landed a five-bass tournament limit weighing 19.71 pounds. He went home with a check for $1,650.
“I fished boat-dragging shallow all day,” Wiseman remarked. “My best bait was a green lizard fished around hard cover like trees and boat docks.”
Bradley Jones of Aragon, Ga., took third among the boaters with five bass weighing 19.44 pounds. He earned $1,100.
“I went to the canal and fished an Alabama rig all day,” Jones revealed. “It had 4.5-inch shad-pattern swimbaits on it. I found the fish on the graph and threw at them.”
Greg O’Neal of Winchester, Tenn., finished with five bass and 19.09 pounds. Rounding out the top five boaters, Paul Tony A. Tidwell of Horton, Ala., caught five bass going 18.62 pounds with a 5.67-pound kicker. Mark McCaig of Oxford, Ala., took eighth place with five bass at 17.27 pounds, but set the tournament lunker standard with a 6.53-pounder.
In the Co-Angler Division, John D. Reeves of Hokes Bluff, Ala., brought in three bass for 10.61 pounds for his first ABA win. Fishing his second BWS season, Reeves anchored his catch with a 4.61-pounder to take home a check for $1,612.
“I started with a spinnerbait and had a limit by 6:30 a.m.,” Reeves said. “After I broke off the spinnerbait, I started throwing a swim jig and caught my biggest fish. I culled two bass. I fished points in the back of coves.”
Stan Reynolds of Leesburg, Ala., finished second with a three-bass division limit weighing 10.16 pounds. He pocketed $806 for the effort.
“We caught fish off rocks and wood, but the better bass came off woody cover,” Reynolds revealed. “I threw a green pumpkin jig.”
In third among the co-anglers, Makenzie Henson of Rogersville, Ala., landed three keepers for 9.90 pounds to win $537. Stephen “Craig” C. Young of Attalla, Ala., took fourth with three bass and 9.77 pounds. He anchored his catch with a 5.90-pounder that win the division big bass race. Douglas “Scott” S. Myers of Owens Cross Roads, Ala., rounded out the top five co-anglers with three bass and 9.34 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.