Davenport wins second in a row in Ohio
ATHENS, Ala. – Fresh off his victory at Rocky Fork on April 13, Dave M. Davenport scored his second victory in as many events this season.
On May 4, 2013, the Boater Division rookie won his second Toyota Bassmaster Weekend Series, operated by American Bass Anglers Ohio Division 20 event of the season. For his second win in less than a month, the Milford, Ohio, angler ran out of New Galena Landing in Galena, Ohio, to fish the 3,387-acre Alum Creek.
Davenport, who earned the Angler of the Year title on the co-angler side for the past two years, caught a tournament limit of five bass weighing 9.14 pounds. He topped that with a 3.87-pounder that won the tournament big bass title. For his second Boater Division victory in a row, Davenport earned a check for $1,859 plus an extra $175 for the lunker.
“I found a spot in practice and hit it for several hours,” Davenport explained. “Then, we went to another area and got another fish. After that, I came back to my first spot and caught another 3-pounder. Later in the day, I fished a drop shot by a bridge and caught a smallmouth. I caught most of my fish by flipping a Berkley Power Bait Crazy Legs Chigger Craw in two to five feet of water, but I caught some on a 3/8-ounce Lucky Craft spinnerbait. I caught the biggest bass on my second cast of the day on the Chigger Craw. The wind was rough. I was running the trolling motor for about five hours at high speed, but without Odyssey batteries I probably would have had to come in earlier.”
In second for the boaters, Ron Nutter Jr. of Newark, Ohio, brought in four keepers for 8.79 pounds. Ryan Stumpf of Johnstown, Ohio, caught the only other five-bass tournament limit to finish third with 5.88 pounds including a 1.54-pound kicker. Michael D. McCoy of Mentor, Ohio, found three keepers for 4.53 pounds with a 1.86-pounder. Mike Lockhart of Mineral Wells, W. Va., wrapped up the top five boaters with three bass going 3.38 pounds.
In the Co-Angler Division, Brian G. Kich of Berea, Ohio, brought in the only three-bass division limit for a total weight of 3.48 pounds. He anchored his bag with a 1.62-pounder to seal the victory. The division points leader went home with a check for $928.
“I only fished this lake three times, all in BWS events,” Kich said. “I knew we were going for smallmouth, so I set up for that. We started deeper and caught nothing. Around noon, we moved in shallow to about three to five feet deep and I caught my three fish. I caught fish on a Yumdinger, a swimbait and a drop shot. I caught three keepers and about 10 throwbacks.”
Taking second for the co-anglers, Dennis N. Murphy of Berea, Ohio, landed in second place with two bass and 2.91 pounds with a 1.61-pound kicker. Andrew P. Balser of Rudolph, Ohio, placed third among the co-anglers with two bass for 1.96 pounds. Joe D. Kinchen of New Albany, Ohio, placed fourth among the co-anglers with two bass for 1.83 pounds.
William J. Killilea of Chillicothe, Ohio, only landed one keeper on the day, but took fifth place with 1.66 pounds. His bass also earned him a check for topping the co-angler lunker list.
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.
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