Cooke Wins Big on Lake Erie
ATHENS, Ala. – Scott Cooke wins the Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Weekend Series, operated by American Bass Anglers, Ohio Division 20 championship tournament, held Aug 25-26, 2012, on Lake Erie.
Running out of Shelby Street Landing in Sandusky, Scott Cooke of Marengo, OH, had a total weight of 32.22 pounds. He had a large lead from Day 1 with his catch weighing 19.45 and finished the second day with 12.77. He anchored his bag with a 4.94-pounder which secured the big fish title. He pockets 2 checks for a total of $2,751.
“I usually fish Lake Erie about ten times a year. I practiced two days and all the areas I fished in the tournament I found in practice. I checked all the stuff I know well, quite well and knew I could catch three to three and a half pounders but I also knew I had to get four to five pounders to win the tournament.”
In second, Ron Nutter Jr. of Newark, OH, landed two repeated five bass daily limits for a total of 25.63 pounds and biggest bag on Day 2 with 13.92 pounds. He tied for third last month at Alum Creek and a top ten finish at Mosquito. His second place finish today brings home a check for $1,272.
In third for the boaters, David Dudley of Dublin, OH, weighed in nine bass with a total 23.95 pounds. After Day 1 he was sitting in eighth place with 12.11 pounds but came back on Day 2 with another good bag for 11.84 pounds making his payday $848. Ron Terlop of Cleveland, OH, receives the honors for big fish with his 5.13-pounder.
In the Co-Angler Division, Brian Kich of Berea, OH, caught a two-day total weight of 18.79 pounds. In seventh place on Day 1 with 8.19 pounds he came back with the largest bag for Day 2 weighing 10.60 pounds, bringing home the big fish trophy for his 4.30-pounder for the co-anglers and a check worth $1,272 for his win.
In second, William Gross of Olmsted, OH, was five for five with a total 17.02 pounds with Day 1 being the better for 11.60 pounds and Day 2 for 5.42 pounds bringing home $636.
In a close third, William Killilea of Chillicothe, OH had two good days for 8.29 and 8.50 pound bags for a total of 16.79 pounds and $425 in his pocket.
For more information on this tournament, call Gary Conner, tournament manager, at (256) 230-5627 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.