Weisenburger lands on top in Ohio
ATHENS, Ala. – Kyle E. Weisenburger won the Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Weekend Series, operated by American Bass Anglers, Ohio Division 20 tournament, held June 23, 2012, on Mosquito Lake.
Running out of Mosquito Lake State Park Landing near Warren, the Findlay, Ohio, school teacher caught five bass weighing 10.56 pounds.
“I fish this lake twice a year,” Weisenburger explained. “I focused mainly on isolated rock piles and grass. I mainly fished Texas-rigged soft plastics, a brush hog and a 7.5-inch Culprit ribbon tail worm. I caught about 15 fish with nine keepers. I had everything I weighed by 10 a.m.”
In second for the boaters, Nick J. Prvonozac of Warren, Ohio, brought in a five-bass tournament limit for 9.84 pounds. Keith Baker of Uniontown, Ohio, followed in third with five bass and 9.55 pounds. Dirk Davenport of Delaware, Ohio, brought in five keepers for 8.89 pounds with a 3.03-pound kicker. Rounding out the top five boaters, Michael J. Pastor of Pittsburgh, Pa., caught five bass weighing 8.11 pounds with a 2.46-pounder.
Edward “Eddie” S. Shockley of Canal Fulton, Ohio, took seventh place among the boaters with a five-bass limit weighing an even 8 pounds. He anchored his bag with a 3.21-pounder to win the Boater Division lunker competition.
In the Co-Angler Division, Delmon Smith of Castalia, Ohio, beat the pack from the back with three bass and 7.47 pounds. Fishing with Shockley, he capped his catch with a 3.25-pound kicker. For the effort, he picked up a check for $947.
“I fish this lake once a year,” Smith said. “The first three fish I caught were my keeper fish. I caught a few more throughout the day, but nothing bigger than the first three. My first bass was my biggest. I caught it on a Rico popper. Then, I caught another on it. Later, I caught a bass on a buzzbait.”
Destin DeMarion of Grove City, Pa., landed in second with a three-bass division limit going 6.28 pounds. He anchored his catch with a 3.27-pound bucketmouth that won tournament big bass honors.
Aaron S. Counts of London, Ohio, brought in a three-bass limit for 6.01 pounds and third place. His biggest bass weighed three pounds. Brad W. McMullen of Pittsburgh, Pa., finished fourth with three bass going 5.59 pounds including a 3.07-pound kicker. William “Will” B. Woods of Kent, Ohio, completed the top five co-anglers with three bass and 5.39 pounds.
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.