Haggard sweeps Oklahoma Event 4
ATHENS, Ala. – Brent Haggard wrapped up the regular season with a big win during the Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Weekend Series, operated by American Bass Anglers, Oklahoma Division 14 tournament, held June 16, 2012, on Lake Fort Gibson.
Running out of Taylor’s Ferry North Landing near Wagoner on a breezy day, the 39-year-old angler from Gans caught five bass weighing 18.49 pounds. He anchored his catch with a 5.06-pound kicker to win the tournament big bass competition. For the Boater Division victory, Haggard took home a check for $2,958.95 with an extra $358.33 for the big bass.
“I fished a channel swing that I’ve fished for years,” Haggard said. “The fish move in and out of the channel. I stayed there about seven hours. I caught two fish by 8 a.m. and four by 10 a.m., but didn’t get another fish until 1 p.m. I caught two on a Wobblehead with a Berkley Havoc trailer. I caught one on a Carolina rig with an 8-inch lizard. I caught another on a 10-inch worm and another on a Hawg Hunter jig with a Berkley trailer. I caught six fish and culled once.”
In second for the 76 boaters, Brett Brumnett, 38, of Wagoner landed a five-bass tournament limit weighing 18.17 pounds. He anchored his bag with a 4.06-pound kicker to take home a check for $1,479.
“The shad had to be on a point to catch fish,” Brumnett said. “I started with a black Spook on top. When the sun got up, I switched to flipping laydowns with a white spinnerbait and a black and brown jig with a Biffle Bug. I caught about 30 fish. I broke off a big fish and had about a 3.5-pounder jump off.”
Jason D. Danel, 30, of Edmond took third place with five bass going 17.53 pounds. His biggest bass weighed 4.35 pounds. For the effort, Danel pocketed $986.64.
“We fished some banks, docks and main lake points,” Danel revealed. “I did a little bit of everything, watermelon red jigs and worms. I didn’t really have a pattern. The key was slowing down the bait. I lost one really good fish, about a 4- to 5-pounder, but he got hung up.”
Eric S. Poindexter of Eufaula landed in fourth place with five bass at 15.51 pounds with a 4.23-pound kicker. Lee L. Sanders of Stillwater took fifth place for the boaters with a five-bass limit for 14.88 pounds including a 4.39-pounder.
In the Co-Angler Division, Daniel M. Thomas, a 28-year-old Marine from Oceanside, Calif., who lives in Elgin, brought in two bass for 9.35 pounds. Fishing his first BWS event, he sealed his victory with a 5.01-pounder that won the division lunker title. For the win, Thomas collected $1,484.14 with an extra $184.17 for the big fish.
“I only caught two fish, but they were both good sized,” Thomas explained. “I lost a few fish. We stayed pretty close to the docks, working points in water about 15 to 18 feet deep. We dragged soft plastics across the bottom. I caught one on a Texas-rigged pumpkinseed tube. The big one hit a 12-inch watermelon red ringtail worm.”
Josh L. Wages of Mooreland placed second among the co-anglers. He landed a three-bass division limit weighing 8.76 pounds
In third for the co-anglers, Jim R. Eckhart of Bartlesville brought in three bass for 8.36 pounds, followed by Chase Guest of Shady Point with three bass going 8.31 pounds. Brian Rickman of Eufaula rounded out the top five co-anglers with three bass and 7.81 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.