Partin wins big in delayed Ohio tournament
ATHENS, Ala. – After a two-hour fog delay, Tim E. Partin won the Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Weekend Series, operated by American Bass Anglers, Ohio Division 20 tournament, held May 5, 2012, on Indian Lake.
Running out of Moundwood Ramp at Indian Lake State Park near Bellefontaine, the Springboro angler caught five bass weighing 11.84 pounds. He anchored his bag with a 4.50-pound kicker that took the tournament lunker title. For the Boater Division victory, he took home a check for $2,093 with a $218 bonus for the big bass. On March 31, 2012, Partin came in second at Rocky Fork Lake with five bass weighing 10.61 pounds including a 3.43-pounder.
“I spent the last three weekends fishing this lake,” said Partin of his Indian Lake victory. “I found some fish in practice, but by the time the tournament started some things changed. I caught one on a jig and switched to a crankbait for that reaction bite. I caught seven keepers. My fifth bass was my big one. It hit at 1:40 p.m. The big one hit a bluegill-colored crankbait off the end of a dock near some pads. I culled one small one after that.”
In second for the boaters, Mike Lockhart of Mineral Wells, W. Va., brought in a tournament limit of five bass weighing 10.74 pounds. He anchored his bag with a 4.03-pounder.
Nick J. Prvonozac of Warren finished third with five bass going 9.63 pounds. Dan Chaffin of Delaware, Ohio, caught a five-bass limit for 9.28 pounds with a 3.83-pound kicker. William P. Redmond of Sciotoville rounded out the top five boaters with five bass and 9.18 pounds.
In the Co-Angler Division, Frederick “Spencer” Requarth, 24, of Dayton led the pack from the back with three bass going 6.56 pounds. He anchored his bag with a 2.72-pounder that won division big bass honors. For the victory, Requarth collected $1,021 plus an extra $102 for the bucketmouth.
“I didn’t have a chance to pre-fish, but came up with a game plan of what I wanted to do,” Requarth explained. “The plan held up. I caught my first fish, the big bass, about an hour into the tournament. About 10 minutes before weigh-in time, I caught my last two fish. Most of the fish were right on the bank. The big fish was in the pads and hit a green pumpkin and blue tube on a 1/4-ounce weight. The last fish was on a bed. I tried to catch it four times and it finally hit a senko.”
Dave M. Davenport of Milford landed in second among the co-anglers. He brought in a three-bass division limit for 6.38 pounds with a 2.48-pound kicker.
In third for the co-anglers, Daniel K. Jenkins of Columbus caught three keepers for 6.31 pounds, followed by Troy Holsinger of Portsmouth with three bass and 6.27 pounds including a 2.52-pound kicker. Dennis N. Murphy of Berea rounded out the top five co-anglers with three bass for 6.03 pounds including a 1.96-pounder.
For more information on this tournament, call Gary Conner at (256) 230-5627 or ABA at (888) 203-6222. On line, see www.americanbassanglers.com.