Wagner wins $2300 on Center Hill
ATHENS, Ala. – Adam Wagner of Scottsboro, AL won the Bass Pro Shops Open Series Central Tennessee tournament, held March 23rd on Center Hill. Running out of Ragland Bottom, Wagner caught five bass weighing 17.61-pounds. For the Boater Division victory, he took home a check for $2300.
“I caught all my fish down lake today. I caught 2 on a Carolina Rig and 3 on a DT 10. I fished in about 10 to 12 foot of water,” said Wagner.
In second for the boaters, Matt Stanley of Alexandria, TN landed a five-bass tournament limit going 15.92-pounds.
“I caught my fish up the river. I was fishing in about 4 to 15 foot. I caught them on a jig, jerkbait and a swimbait,” Stanley said.
Ryan Haykal of Mount Juliet, TN took third for the boaters with five bass going 15.71-pounds.
“I caught them all down lake, in about the first 30 minutes of the morning. I used a football jig of different sizes and colors. I fished in 8 to 16 feet of water,” Haykal said.
The biggest bass for the boaters was caught by Dusty Rice of McMinnville, TN that weighed 4.42-pounds and he pocketed $380 for that catch
Rice stated, “I caught my big bass on a Swimbait in about 10 foot of water.”
In the Co-Angler Division, Robert Henze of LaVergne, TN won with two bass going 7.32-pounds that included a 3.65-pound big bass. He pocketed a check for $750 for his win and an additional $140 for the big bass.
Taking second for the co-anglers, Dan “Dipper” Basham of Taylorsville, KY brought in a three-bass division limit weighing 5.82-pounds.
“I caught them in less than 10 feet of water on a shakey head,” Basham said.
Devin Bargatze of Nashville, TN placed third among the co-anglers with three bass weighing 4.93-pounds.
“I fished up in shallows in about 10 foot of water. Caught my fish on a Spinnerbait and a main mouth jig with trailers and rods today,” Bargatze said.
Slated for March 31st, the next tournament will be held on the Percy Priest Lake out of Fate Sanders in Mt. Juliet, TN. At the end of the season, the best anglers from across the nation advance the 2020 Ray Scott Championship to be held at Lake Hartwell in April, 2020.
For more information on this tournament, call Shelby McElyea, tournament manager, at 256-230-5633 or ABA at 256-232-0406.On line, see www.americanbassanglers.com
About American Bass Anglers: American Bass Anglers is committed to providing low cost, close to home tournaments for the weekend angler while offering an upward path for individual angler progression. For more information about American Bass Anglers and their bass tournament trails visit www.americanbassanglers.com.
American Bass Anglers is sponsored by Bass Pro Shops, Triton Boats, Mercury Marine, Nitro Boats, Tracker Boats, Motorguide, Garmin, T-H Marine, Abu Garcia, Berkley, Engel Coolers, Four Roses Bourbon, Lucas Oil, Maui Jim, Power Pole and Optima Batteries. Mailing address: American Bass Anglers, Inc. PO box 475 Athens, AL. 35612. Phone (256) 232-0406.
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