Yelverton Takes the Win on Guntersville
ATHENS, Ala. – Will Yelverton takes the win for the Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Weekend Series, operated by American Bass Anglers, Alabama North Division 1 championship tournament, held Aug 25-26, 2012, on Lake Guntersville.
Running out of Bucky Howe City Park, Yelverton of Hazel Green, AL, had a two-day total weight of 38.03 pounds. He anchored his bag with a 6.32 pound kicker. 16.16 pounds at the end of Day 1 had Yelverton in forth but Day 2 was much better with 21.87 pounds to bring home the win and a payday of $3,681.
“I changed it up on day 2 because I knew what I was catching yesterday just wasn’t going to win. I went back to the same place this morning and I caught a fish and turned and told my co-angler “we got to go, this isn’t going to win here.” We took off and I hit the edge of the grass with a swim jig. Believe it or not about 11am I was about ready to throw the towel in. We weren’t getting any bites, I had a couple of fish but I knew I needed bigger fish to win. We took back off and I hit one stretch of bank and there they were.”
In second, Marshall Deakins of Dunlop, TN, had two strong days of fishing with 17.71 the first day and 18.70 for the second day making his two-day total 36.41 pounds and $1,842 in his pocket.
“I fished the same place both days. I was about 10 ft. deep and used a 10” worm. I caught 25-30 Saturday and probably 15 today on Redbud worm.”
In third of 61 boaters, Rick Armstrong of Owens Cross Roads, AL, landed 33.44 pounds. First place on Day 1 with 20.28 pounds, he added 13.16 pounds on Day 2 putting him in third place and bringing home a check for $1,227.
“I started off throwing buzzbait each morning and caught some fish and then I went out deep fishing with spoons. Today the current didn’t come up until a lot later.”
Will Beutjer of Athens, AL wins the big fish title for his 7.28 pound lunker.
In the Co-Angler Division, Billy Mitchell of Atmore, AL, had a two-day total of 21.01 pounds with a 6.14-pound kicker that also earned him the big fish title. On Day 1, he had the biggest bag with 10.94 pounds. He added 10.07 pounds to hold on for the win.
In second, Stan Reynolds of Leesburg, AL, caught four bass for 15.74 pounds.
In third of 61 co-anglers, Chris Cotton of Weaver, AL, had a total weight of 14.13 pounds.
For more information on this tournament, call Randy Sullivan, tournament manager, at (256) 230-5633 or ABA at (256) 232-0406. On line, 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.