Siggers Wins With A Big Margin In Virginia
ATHENS, Ala. – Siggers blows them away for the win at the Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Weekend Series, operated by American Bass Anglers, Virginia Division 19 Season Championship, held Sept 29-30, 2012, on Kerr Lake.
Running out of North Bend Park, Dennis Siggers of Danville, VA, had it all on day one with almost a two pound lead with 15.56 pounds. On day two he couldn’t be caught with an 18.84 pound bag including the big fish for the tournament, a 5.19 pound lunker. He finished the tournament with a massive lead of 12.64 pounds over second place for a payday of $1,800.
“I’ve been fishing this lake for about 25 years and it’s getting tough because the grass is starting to grow. I didn’t practice for this tournament but I did fish here a few weeks ago. On Saturday when I saw it was cloudy and windy I decided to throw a little top-water but it was too windy so I changed over to a spinnerbait; A Hawg Caller triple blade, it’s a really good spinnerbait on this particular lake. On Sunday I went out and was throwing the same top-water bait but I didn’t get a bite so I went to a little more subtle presentation on my top-water bait, something that didn’t make as much noise and I started catching some fish. The last fish I caught today was the big fish. I want to thank my two partners, Bill Burton and Steve “Tony” Woodruff.”
Third in the division point standing, Bo Grosvenor of Forest, VA, pulled off a close call to come back and take second place of the boaters by .28 pounds. He was in fifth place on Saturday with 10.44 pounds and added 11.32 pounds to secure his finish with 21.76 pounds for 498 points.
In third, Tim Staton of Appomattox, NC, had a close finish behind second with 13.14 pounds on Saturday and 7.84 pounds on Sunday for a total of 21.48 pounds and a second place finish in the divisional points.
Joel Eberts of Powhatan, VA, finished fifth with 17.46 pounds including a 4.94 pound kicker but he is crowned the Boater Point’s Champion in the Virginia Division.
In the Co-Angler Division, William “Bill” Burton of Vemon Hill, VA, wins with a three pound lead over second place with 15.47 pounds including a 3.72 pounder. He had the lead on Saturday with 8.67 pounds for three fish and added three more on Sunday for 6.80 pounds for $863.
“I fish this lake a lot, more than I fish anywhere else. I drew a good guy on Saturday, Dennis, the boater who won. We caught them on spinnerbait and we were pushing fish up shallow and they were biting well. I drew Elvin Jennings on Sunday and he did a good job. It was tougher today so we ended up catching them all on worms.”
In second is the Point’s Champion, Kevin Hensley of Clarksville, VA, with five fish for a total weight of 12.46 pounds. On day one he had 8.57 pounds including a 3.76 pound kicker and added 3.89 pounds on day two.
In third of the co-anglers, Tyler Purcell of Townsville, NC, caught five fish for 10.97 pounds. He claims the big fish title for his 4.49 pound lunker.
Rounding out the top four, Barbara Gaskins of Suffolk, VA, had a .05 pound deficit with 10.92 pounds including a 3.16 pounder. She had 5.97 pounds on Saturday and added 4.95 pounds on Sunday to secure her fifth place finish in the divisional points.
For more information, 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.