Holding second among the 219 competitors, Paul A. Smith brought in five bass for 13.36 pounds. Close behind, Bryan Klinger pulled into third place with a five-bass bag for 13.03 pounds.
Anchoring his first day effort with a 6.14-pounder, the largest bass landed on Day 1, Terrance Knueppel holds fourth place. He brought in four keepers for a total of 12.76 pounds on the first day, followed by Toby L. Lillard with five bass and 12.68 pounds.
These competitors represent some of the best amateur bass anglers from 41 states. They earned the right to compete in the AFT national championship tournament by accruing points in various events held by 80 AFT divisions across the country.
The three days of action continues through Oct 26 when one angler will take home a new fully rigged Triton bass boat powered by a Mercury outboard and a MotorGuide trolling motor, a package that retails for more than $60,000.
One of the top bass lakes in the United States, Grand Lake spreads through 46,500 acres of the Ozark Mountains of northeastern Oklahoma. It stretches about 64 miles along Grand River, also called the Neosho River. With numerous coves and points, the deep, rocky lake offers anglers varied cover along its 1,300-mile shoreline. Several feeder streams enter the system.
Home of the largest multiple arch dam in the world, Grand Lake contains great largemouth and spotted bass populations plus a few smallmouth bass. It produced largemouth bass approaching 11 pounds and smallmouth bass topping 5 pounds in the past. The lake record spotted bass weighed 3.2 pounds.
The 2012 National Championship is presented by American Bass Anglers and sponsored by the Grand Lake Association, Tera Miranda Resort, Triton Boats, Mercury Marine, Royal Purple, Early Times Kentucky Whisky, Busch Beer, Carlisle Tire & Wheel, Odyssey Batteries, Anglers’ Advantage Insurance, Keep Alive, ProBass Networks, Rejuvenade, US Reel, and Simms Outdoors.
The American Fishing Tour offers low cost, close to home bass tournaments that are designed for the weekend angler.
For more information about the Grand Lake area, call 866-LUV-GRAND or visit www.grandlakefun.com. For more information on this tournament, call ABA at (888) 203-6222 or see www.americanbassanglers.com.
About American Bass Anglers
American Bass Anglers is the largest tournament organization for the weekend angler. American Bass Anglers operates the American Fishing Tour, The Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Weekend Series and the American Couples Series. Each tour is designed specifically for the weekend angler offering low cost and close to home events so the anglers can qualify for larger championships. For more information on American Bass Anglers visit www.americanbassanglers.com.
1 Terry Cooper 13.98
2 Paul A. Smith 13.36
3 Bryan Klinger 13.03
4 Terrance Knueppel 12.76
5 Toby L. Lillard 12.68
6 Jeff Dobson 12.22
7 Paul Tony A. Tidwell 12.11
8 Kyle Metzger 11.71
9 Justin Curnutte 11.28
10 Jamey P. Black 10.53
11 Lee L. Sanders 10.50
12 Joe M. Lybrand 10.38
- Ken Szostek Jr 10.38
14 James "Randy" R. McLean 10.15
15 Gale L. Brown 10.10
16 Dale R. Murphy 9.70
17 Jeff Owenby 9.65
18 Richard Bates 9.64
19 Bob W. Clark 9.47
20 Mike L. Ketcher 8.92
Big Bass Day 1 Terrance Knueppel 6.14
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