Dylan Wright – James Thomas Claim 150 Series Title
ATHENS, Ala. – The Bass Pro Shops 150 Series National Championship presented by Tracker Boats was held at the beautiful Table Rock Lake just outside Branson, MO this past weekend. Teams of anglers from across the country qualified to fish this event by taking part in a single tournament closer to home this season.
This is team format and is limited to 150 horsepower or less. The winning team of this event took home 2 Bass Pro Shops Tracker Pro Team 195 XTE Tournament Edition with 150hp Mercury Marine four-stroke outboard. In total this tournament was 100% payback with an optional big bass pot which put the total prize purse over $60,000.00!
Table Rock is a maze of creek channels, fingers, points, and very steep ledges with depths reaching up tp 180 feet deep in some places. With over 800 miles of shoreline, there are numerous places that anglers can find fish waiting to be caught. Teams took to the lake early, some of them staying more than a week before the tournament started to try and lock down their chance at taking home not 1, but 2 identical boats for the first place win at the end of the week.
Day 1 found 80% of the field locked into a 3 lb variance to the top of the leaderboard. Fishing had been great all week but seemed to slow down a bit when the tournament started. Of course, it did right? With the weights so close after the scales closed on the first day, there were multiple teams that were after that one good bite that would make all the difference. The team of Dylan Wright of Murfeesboro, TN, and James Thomas of GallatinTN led the event with a weight of 15.71 lbs.
When the scales closed at the Missouri State Park and Marina on Sunday, the team of Wright and Thomas had done it again, besting their weight from the previous day by 1 ounce with a 2 day total of 31.55 lbs, and huge smiles on their faces knowing they had just won the Tracker Boats.
“In practice, we were catching them on topwater, probably about 16 lbs a day so we had a good feeling coming into the tournament thinking we were going to crush them. We were throwing a whopper plopper. Of course, the first day of the tournament comes around and we went into panic mode. 1:30 in the afternoon came upon us and we only had one fish in the live well, so we had to make a change. We spun out hitting everything we could on points, docks, brush piles, and scrambled to get a limit. We actually caught our 5th keeper on the first day at 3:01 and had to be in at 3:10. Today the topwater bite turned back on but we still fished other patterns. We caught some again on docks, flipping a jig, cranking, and actually caught most of our fish today on crankbaits. When the sun is shining on us it shines. We’re super stoked right now.” Said the team of Wright and Thomas.
Coming in 2nd place was the team of Don Sprinkle of Lexington, NC and his partner Edward Skipworth of Greensboro, NC with a 2 day total for 28.00 lbs even.
“We found 4 patterns that worked during practice. Finding pockets that were loaded with baitfish. We were catching those bass on buzz baits, whopper ploppers, and 1/4 oz rattle traps. Pattern 2 was fishing creek channel bends with Texas-rigged Zoom trick worms with 3/16 and 1/8 oz weights. Pattern 3 was fishing bluff banks with 1/4 oz shakey heads rigged with magnum trick worms, and the last one was deep points with the same 1/4 oz shakey heads rigged with magnum trick worms. All of our fish were caught on patterns 3 and 4 around 20 feet deep. That’s where the better quality fish were found. More numbers of fish were caught on the first 2 patterns but were mostly smaller.” Said Don and Ed.
Finishing in 3rd place were Andrew Harvey and Anthony Guffie with a 2 day total of 27.23 lbs.
“We got here Tuesday afternoon and fished for a little while. We found out real quick that we could catch some fish off main lake points throwing a jig and a shaky head so Wednesday and Thursday we went looking for new water and a topwater bite. We were able to find some fish we could find on a drop-shot and more main lake points that were holding fish. We had good bites on topwater each day so we thought we had something figured out, but go figure, the tournament starts and no luck. Friday we caught all of our fish on the shaky head and jig. We were using a V&M craw in green pumpkin purple haze. The jig was a homemade jig. On Saturday we couldn’t get them to bite the jig, so with 1 fish in the live well at 10:30, we tried a custom poured worm and caught 2 on back to back casts. We ran back to some of the points we had fished and threw the worm some more, catching our limit and culling a couple of times. With little time to spare, we made the run back toward the weigh-in site and down to the spillway to try and catch a kicker. We caught the only largemouth we weighed in at 2:43, culled with it, and ran to the weigh in before 3 PM. It was a great week and a lot of fun!” Stated Andrew and Anthony.
Rounding out the top 5; in 4th place was the Father and Son duo of Don and Shane Williams of Keithville, LA with a 2 day total of 27.14 lbs. In 5th place was the team of Mickey Beck and Mike Williams, both from Lebanon, Tennessee with a 2 day total of 26.73 lbs.
Big bass of the event also went to the team of Don Sprinkle and Edward Skipworth for their 4.73 lb largemouth.
For more information and full results on this tournament please visit www.americanbassanglers.com/150
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