Mosley takes title on Eufaula, Okla.
ATHENS, Ala. – Brandon Mosley jumped out in front early to win the Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Weekend Series, operated by American Bass Anglers, Oklahoma Division 14 tournament, held May 19, 2012, on Lake Eufaula.
Running out of Eufaula Cove landing near the town of Eufaula, Okla., the angler from Choctaw caught five bass weighing 17.47 pounds on a gusty day. For the Boater Division victory, Mosley took home a check for $2,825.40, plus a $500 bonus.
“Things started clicking pretty quickly this morning,” Mosley said. “I mostly stayed in one general area. I fished flats in four to eight feet of water with a creek channel or ledge nearby. The fish were up on the flats. I caught most of my fish on a 3/4-ounce football jig. I used several different colors, but color really didn’t seem to matter.”
In second for the 71 boaters, Lee L. Sanders, 54, of Stillwater, brought in a five-bass tournament limit weighing 15.52 pounds. He anchored his bag with a 3.68-pound kicker. Sanders when home with $1,412.75 for second place and an extra $500 in Triton Gold money.
“I was flipping a green pumpkin or a black and blue chigger craw,” Sanders said. “I fished laydowns and structure. I caught about 30 fish with half of them keepers. The bigger fish were in six to eight inches of water.”
Chris L. Jones, 36, of Pocola finished third with five bass going 15.40 pounds. He collected $942.16.
“I fish here often,” Jones said. “I just went to some old reliable spots. The bigger fish were shallow, but on deep banks with really big rocks. I caught everything on a square-billed Strike King 2.5 chartreuse and black crankbait, a black and blue or chartreuse and white chatterbait and 3/4-ounce football jig. The wind really helped me, but it did make some banks more muddy. I caught about 50 fish.”
Robert Joslin of Fort Smith, Ark., landed five keepers to finish fourth with 14.52 pounds. He anchored his catch with a 5.22-pounder. In fifth for the boaters, John L. Soukup of Agra caught five bass for 14.39 pounds. Floyd Drannon of Stratford set the boater lunker standard with a 5.53-pounder.
In the Co-Angler Division, Wade J. Dalton, 43, of Cameron won it all. He caught three bass going 10.41 pounds to win and anchored that bag with a 5.88-pounder that took the tournament big bass title. For the victory, Dalton earned $1,433.75 with another $169.17 for the bucketmouth.
“I caught the big fish by flipping docks with a homemade jig,” Dalton revealed. “I also caught some fish on a Strike King KVD 1.5 square-billed crankbait around riprap points and banks. I caught six fish and culled twice.”
Kenny Blackwood of Rogers, Ark., finished in second among the co-anglers. He landed a three-bass division limit weighing 8.69 pounds and capped the catch with a 4.87-pound kicker.
In third for the co-anglers, Terry Humphrey of Muskogee brought in three keepers for 8.60 pounds, followed by Michael B. Myers of Oklahoma City with three bass going 8.50 pounds. Chad J. Warren of Sand Springs wrapped up the top five co-anglers with three bass and 8.05 pounds.
For more information on this tournament, call Porter Trimble at (318) 201-3474 or ABA at (888) 203-6222. On line, see www.americanbassanglers.com.