Diffee stays shallow for Grand Lake win
ATHENS, Ala. – Wayne Diffee uses his home lake knowledge to win the Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Weekend Series, operated by American Bass Anglers, Oklahoma Division 14 tournament, held April 21, 2012, on Grand Lake of the Cherokees.
Running out of Martin’s Landing at Monkey Island on a crisp spring morning, the Oakhurst, angler caught five bass weighing 18.37 pounds. Catching a total of 25 keepers, he went home with a check for $3,089.27 for the Boater Division win.
“I’ve fished this lake for 25 years,” Diffee said. “They lake has fallen really low, but it still has a lot of bass. I just ran the points. With the cold front, I was afraid the shallow fish would leave, but I caught a limit in the first two hours of the morning. I stayed shallow all day long. I caught my fish on a green pumpkin brush hog and some on a black neon brush hog in less than a foot of water.”
Kyle H. Kitts of Joplin, Mo., did very well fishing his first BWS event. He landed a five-bass tournament limit weighing 17.83 pounds and collected $1,544.15 for his second-place finish.
“I caught all my fish shallow on a Strike King KVD 1.5 crankbait on 10-pound test line,” Kitts revealed. “I fished one of my favorite rocky spots that I go to year after year. I let it hit the rocks right on the bank. The fish were in less than a foot of water. I caught about 10 fish with six keepers.”
In third for the 81 boaters, Kayse Potter of Stratford put 16.88 pounds in his livewell. He caught 20 fish, but only landed five keepers. That was enough for third place and a check for $1,030.09.
“When the cold front came in, I expected fish to move out to deeper water,” Potter said. “I sat in about 25 to 30 feet of water casting up into more shallow water and bringing it back. I caught a few on flukes, but most of my fish came off 3/16-ounce shaky heads with a worm trailer. The fish would move up to feed and then move back out. The key was working the bait slowly.”
Don L. Turner of Wagoner landed in fourth place among the boaters with five bass going 16.84 pounds with a 4.21-pound kicker. Right behind, Allen Rude of Wynnewood placed fifth with five bass and 16.64 pounds. Jason Horton of Eucha set the tournament lunker standard with a 6.11-pounder.
In the Co-Angler Division, Melvin D. Camp of Talihina brought three keepers to the scales for 10.89 pounds. After catching 15 bass, including 12 keepers, he anchored his bag with a 4.08-pounder to win $1504.14.
“Lately, we had been catching fish on crankbaits off windy points,” Camp said. “The wind wasn’t blowing so much today, so that killed that bite. I threw a Strike King KVD 2.5 square-bill crankbait in sexy shad and a splatterback. We fished water less than eight feet deep, so I was frequently bumping bottom with that crankbait bill. I also caught some fish on a football head jig. I lost about a 4-pounder.”
Lane Kindle of Stilwell placed second among the co-anglers with a three-bass division limit weighing 9.76 pounds. Tony L. Lawson of Sapulpa followed closely with three bass and 9.63 pounds including a 3.27-pounder.
James Marion of Tulsa took fourth place in the Co-Angler Division with three bass at 8.90 pounds. Steven P. Beard of Edmond rounded out the top five co-anglers with three bass for 8.55 pounds including a 3.31-pound kicker. Terry Jelinek of Claremore brought in the division big bass, a 4.11-pounder.
For more information on this tournament, call Porter Trimble at (318) 201-3474 or ABA at (888) 203-6222. On line, seewww.americanbassanglers.com.