McMillin Claims Victory On Ohio River
ATHENS, AL – Gary McMillin claims the win for the last tournament in the Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Weekend Series, operated by American Bass Anglers, Indiana Division 7, held Sept 15-16, 2012, on the Ohio River.
Running out of Rocky Point Marina near Cannelton, McMillin of Freelandville, IN, brought nine bass to the scales for 13.62 pounds. He had less than a half of a pound difference between his two days of fishing. Day one was 7.02 pounds and he wrapped up day two with 6.60 pounds. He also finished seventh place in the points on the boater’s side.
“Day one was all crankbait, shallow-running Wardens; the shallowest runner they had. I ran from the back of the creek by the stumps and they all pulled up right next to stumps. Day two was almost identical, just a little bit of a different area. They moved off a little deeper. I stayed within fifteen minutes of here straight up the creek.”
In second, Luke Foli of Granger, IN, caught nine fish weighing 12.18 pounds. Fishing the same creek both days, he brought in 5.91 pounds on day one and 6.27 pounds on day two. Although he finished second in this tournament, he is the points leader for this division.
“I was catching my fish on a homemade spinnerbait up around super shallow wood on day one and then I also caught two flipping a sweet beaver on Saturday. Today I caught them all on a homemade spinnerbait. I caught both days in the same creek but I caught quite a bit more today than I did yesterday. Today, I caught nine keepers.”
In third place for the boaters, Calvin Davidson of Plainfield, IN, had 10.22 pounds but in that catch was the big fish for this event weighing 2.93 pounds.
In the Co-Angler Division, Nick Pierce of Oakland City, IN, had two consistent days of fishing for 3.77 pounds on day one and 3.33 pounds on Day 2 with a 2.11 pound big fish for the title.
“Both days I caught them on Senko, flipping. Today the only difference was we were out a little bit deeper and yesterday we were shallow. Today, we were actually catching them out in the main river.”
In second, Rod Keel of Bloomington, IN, actually had one more fish than first place but the weight just wasn’t enough for the win with 6.82 pounds.
In third for the co-anglers, Gordon Reilly of Indianapolis, IN, has a close finish behind second place with 6.43 pounds. On day one he weighed in with 2.40 pounds but he made a come-back on day two with 4.03 pounds.
For more information on this tournament, call Randy Sullivan 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.