Alabama North division prepares for Guntersville
ATHENS, Ala. – The Alabama North Division 1 of the Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Weekend Series, operated by American Bass Anglers, will hold its first tournament of the season on March 9, 2013, on Lake Guntersville.
The competitors will launch at Bucky Howe City Park, located at 4641 Wyeth Drive in the town of Guntersville, Ala. Anglers may begin fishing at safe light. Registration begins at 4 p.m. March 8 at the Guntersville Recreation Center, located at 1500 Sunset Drive in Guntersville, Ala.
Anglers fishing the Boater Division may weigh in up to five bass in any combination of largemouth, smallmouth or Kentucky spotted bass, each at least 15 inches long. Co-anglers may weigh in up to three bass. Competitors in this tournament may not fish in Tennessee waters.
The largest lake in Alabama, Lake Guntersville runs 69,100 acres along the Tennessee River and drops to more than 60 feet deep in places. The northern portion of the reservoir still resembles the original river channel, while the lower lake opens into a typical southern reservoir with several large feeder creeks entering the system. Vast grassy flats along either side of the main river channel and major creeks typically hold good bass populations. Some better bass creeks include North and South Sauty, Siebold Creek, Brown’s Creek and Town Creek.
Considered the third best bass lake in the nation by Bassmaster magazine, the lake can produce some giant bass. Charlie Bertus of Huntsville, Ala., holds the official lake record with a 14.50-pound lunker he caught on Feb. 21, 1990, in the Murphy Hill area near mid-lake.
The lake also holds big smallmouth bass. While fishing the 2010 BWS National Championship tournament, Duanne McQueen of Stockbridge, Ga., landed a 5.85-pound brownie to set a lake record. The fish hit a Texas-rigged V&M pearl-white Pork Shad soft plastic jerkbait fished weightless in 15 to 18 feet of water near the dam.
During the Feb. 18, 2012, BWS tournament on Lake Guntersville, Eric W. Forrester of Geraldine, Ala., won the Boater Division with a five-bass tournament limit weighing 30.80 pounds for a 6.16-pound average. He greatly helped his average by catching a 9.63-pounder that took tournament big bass honors. Forrester caught most of his bass on an Alabama rig worked through 12 to 18 feet of water up the river.
In the Co-Angler Division during that tournament, Richard A. Dalrymple of Emerson, Ga., won with a three-bass division limit going 17.79 pounds for a 5.93-pound average. He anchored his catch with a 7.43-pounder. Dalrymple also caught his fish with an Alabama rig tipped with pearl blue swimbaits fished along river edges. Kirk Lafferty of Columbia, Tenn., won the Co-Angler Division lunker title with a 7.75-pounder.
For area information, contact the Marshall County Convention & Visitors Bureau at 800-582-6282 or see www.marshallcountycvb.com. For Alabama fishing license information, see www.outdooralabama.com/licenses/fwfishlicinfo or call (888) 848-6887. To register for this tournament, see www.americanbassanglers.com/proddetail.php?prod=691.
At the end of the season, one BWS angler will win the opportunity to compete in the 2014 Bassmaster Classic. For more information on this tournament, call Evan Boutwell at 256-230-5633 or call 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.