Brannon takes top honors at Logan Martin
ATHENS, Ala. – Phillip W. Brannon capped the regular season with a win during the Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Weekend Series, operated by American Bass Anglers, Alabama South Division 2 tournament, held June 16, 2012, on Lake Logan Martin.
Running out of Lakeside Park Landing near Pell City, the Sylacauga, Ala., angler caught five bass weighing 12.28 pounds with a 3.66-pound kicker. For the Boater Division victory, Brannon took home a check for $2,698.
“We caught fish on shaky heads, jigs, topwaters and one on a spinnerbait,” Brannon revealed. “We caught some on piers, some on brush and some on ledges. We just went from one place to another looking for fish. We didn’t really have a good pattern. I just got lucky.”
In second for the boaters, Kyle Dorsett of Odenville, Ala., brought in a five-bass tournament limit weighing 11.97 pounds. For the effort, Dorsett collected $1,349.
“I flipped piers on the lower end of the lake with a brown and orange jig,” Dorsett said. “I caught about 15 fish.”
Tim Windsor of Prattville, Ala., took third among the boaters with five bass and 11.95 pounds. He went home with a check for $899.
“We fished downriver over rocky ledges in 10 to 15 feet of water,” Windsor explained. “I caught most of my fish on a jighead and some on an 8-inch U-tail worm.”
Josh Stracner of Vandiver, Ala., landed in fourth place with five bass at 11.35 pounds including a 3.43-pound kicker. Rounding out the top five boaters, Jeff Cannon of Douglasville, Ga., caught five keepers for 11.24 pounds with one 3.17-pounder. Wayne Voss of Riverside, Ala., took the boater big fish title with a 4.57-pounder to earn $318.
“I caught the big one on a Carolina rig with a trick worm,” Voss said. “I was fishing in deep brush about 14 feet deep. The bass hit at about 1 p.m.”
In the Co-Angler Division, Danny B. Moss of Glencoe, Ala., won with three bass going 9.83 pounds. He anchored his bag with a 3.74-pound kicker to take home $1,349.
“I caught two bass on a Pop-R and one on a baby brush hog,” Moss said. “We fished docks around the middle part of the lake. I lost a good one that pulled me under a piling.”
Rodney D. Lanier of Opelika, Ala., took second among the co-anglers with a three-bass division limit weighing 9.21 pounds. He anchored his catch with a 3.58-pound kicker to win $674.
“We fished the lower end of the lake,” Lanier revealed. “My biggest fish came on a crankbait, but most of my fish came on a shaky head. We caught a lot of fish early. In the middle of the day, it slacked off, but picked up again later in the afternoon. I lost about a 4-pounder.”
In third, Chad K. Boutwell of Enterprise, Ala., brought in three keepers for 8.19 pounds. He capped his catch with a 3.70-pound kicker to pocket $450.
“We didn’t leave the creek,” Boutwell admitted. “I was skipping watermelon junebug shaky heads under the docks.”
Landing in fourth place, Barry D. Jones of Clanton, Ala., caught three bass for 7.86 pounds. He anchored his catch with a 4.80-pounder to win the tournament lunker competition. Michael M. Smith of Laurel Hill, Fla., completed the top five co-anglers with three bass going 7.77 pounds including a 4.02-pounder.
“The big one hit at about 10:30 a.m. way up on a short point way up the river,” Jones said. “It hit a shaky head and nearly jerked the rod out of my hand.”
For more information on this tournament, call Billy Benedetti at (256) 230-5632 or call ABA at (888) 203-6222. On line, see www.americanbassanglers.com.