Catching the heaviest one-day bag so far in the championship tournament, Gale L. Brown jumped up from Number 15 into second place with five bass weighing 15.25 pounds on Day 2. The biggest bass tipped the scales at 5.27 pounds. After catching five bass going 10.10 pounds on Day 1, Brown’s two-day total weighs 25.35 pounds.
Holding third among the 219 competitors, the AFT Angler of the Year tournament winner Jeff Dobson brought in two daily limits for 23.95 pounds. He caught 12.22 pounds on Day 1 for sixth place and added 11.73 pounds on Day 2.
Close behind in fourth place, Harold W. Troutt also brought in two consecutive five-bass daily limits for 23.63 pounds with a 3.36-pound kicker. Troutt caught 8.89 pounds on Day 1, but vaulted up from 21st place with a 14.74-pound effort on a blustery Day 2.
Terrance Knueppel dropped one place, now holding fifth with nine bass at 21.79 pounds, but still holds the edge in the big bass competition with a 6.14-pounder he caught on Day 1. He landed 12.76 pounds on Day 1 for fourth place and added 9.03 pounds on Day 2.
The Day 1 leader, Terry Cooper of Hamburg, Iowa, came to the scales with 6.24 pounds on Day 2 to drop to eighth place with a two-day total of eight bass weighing 20.22 pounds. On Day 1, he caught 13.98 pounds including a 4.73-pound kicker.
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 concludes on 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.
Running out of Tera Miranda Harbor on Monkey Island near Grove, Okla., the anglers could fish anywhere on the 46,500-acre lake in the Ozark Mountains of northeastern Oklahoma. Grand Lake stretches about 64 miles along the Grand River, also called the Neosho River, offering anglers more than 1,300 miles of shoreline.
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
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1 Paul A. Smith 26.39
2 Gale L. Brown 25.35
3 Jeff Dobson 23.95
4 Harold W. Troutt 23.63
5 Terrance Knueppel 21.79
6 George Salov 21.59
7 Paul Tony A. Tidwell 21.10
8 Terry Cooper 20.22
9 James "Randy" McLean 20.13
10 Bryan Klinger 19.89
11 George "John" Simonof 19.35
12 Kyle Metzger 18.97
13 Jamey P. Black 17.71
14 Lanny B. Johnson 17.70
15 Robert P. Eckle 17.13
16 Brandon W. Caldwell 17.02
17 Tom O`Bryant 16.99
18 Richard Bates 16.95
19 Bryan Jackson 16.80
20 Joe M. Lybrand 16.32
Big Bass Day 2: Gale Brown - 5.27
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