Grooms Holds On for the Victory on Lake Wylie
ATHENS, Ala. – Wade Grooms put in two consistent days to hold on for the victory for the Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Weekend Series, operated by American Bass Anglers, South Carolina Division 9 championship tournament, held Aug. 18-19, 2012, on Lake Wylie.
Running out of Buster Boyd, the Bonneau, SC, angler brought in 10 bass for 22.90 pounds. On Day 1, he landed 11.58 pounds and a few ounces less on Day 2 with 11.32 pounds bringing home $2525.
“I caught all my fish on a jig off the docks and I don’t think that’s any real secret it’s just something that’s a real strong pattern here that works almost year around. Typically this time of year you think fish will be out deeper which I’m sure there’s some but they are so hard to find. I only practiced a day and a half. But let me just say this, everything I do every day before I do anything, when I wake up in the morning I put everything I do before the Lord and I pray about it.”
In second, Brian Huskins of Mount Holly, NC, caught 10 bass for 22.75 pounds. Leading the boaters on Day 1 with 13.01 pounds, he finished Day 2 with 9.74 pounds.
Parks Jones of York, SC, finished only .02 pounds behind second with a two-day total weighing 22.73 pounds. Daniel Grassi of Pooler, GA, may have finished eleventh place but he brought home the boater big bass trophy for his 4.98-pounder.
In the Co-Angler Division, Samuel Freeman of Irmo, SC, won with a nice lead over second with two consecutive bags with 5.55 and 5.53 for a total 11.58 pound to guarantee his payday for $1,220.
“Yesterday I caught all my fish on a shaggy head fishing the docks and today I caught them on a jigging spoon deep. I caught about 20 fish during the 2 days.”
Among the co-anglers, Bryan New of Belmont, NC, caught five bass for 9.49 pounds. He was tied for second on Day 1 with 6.09 and added 3.40 pounds to hold his second place finish.
“Yesterday I had a great boater, I got to do what I like to do; shallow water power fishing and I caught them all on Kustom Kicker jig – dock monkey, buzzbait and Charlie’s worm. I got to thank the Lord for letting me do this, letting me fish the tour this year and bless me the way he has and thanks to all my sponsors.”
Finishing in third, Montae Gregg of Lynchburg, SC, had four bass weighing 9.25 pounds. On Day 1 he took the lead with 6.74 pounds but Day 2 wouldn’t produce the same results.
Finishing half-way down the list in sixteenth place, Russell “RG” Gardner of Senaca, SC, brought home the title for big bass with his only catch, a 3.91-kicker. “I caught it early in the morning about the second hour on a frog.”
For more information on this tournament, call Billy Benedetti at (256) 230-5632 or call ABA at (256) 232-0406. Online, see www.americanbassanglers.com.
About American Bass Anglers: The Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Weekend Series provides weekend anglers a professionally operated competitive tour with a path the world championship of bass fishing the Bassmaster Classic. American Bass Anglers commitment is to provide low cost, close to home tournaments for the weekend angler and at the same time offer each competitor an upward path for individual angler progression. For more information about American Bass Anglers and the American Fishing Tour, The Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Weekend Series or the American Couples Series, visit www.americanbassanglers.com.