Baumgardner Holds Early Lead in Championship Event
Day One PDF Results
By John N. Felsher
ATHENS, Ala. -- Chris D. Baumgardner jumped off to a hot start to lead the first day of action at the 2021 Ray Scott Championship, which runs from April 14-17 at Lake Chickamauga on the Tennessee River near Dayton, Tenn.
The Gastonia, N.C. angler dropped a solid five-fish daily tournament limit on the scales as the only person so far to break the 20-pound mark. His Day 1 catch weighed 22.18 pounds, putting him in the lead among the 148 anglers fishing in the Boater Division by more than 2.6 pounds. Baumgardner’s catch averaged 4.44 pounds.
“We had a very good first day for the Ray Scott Championship,” commented Christopher Wayand, tournament manager. “It was relatively warm all day long, but the cloud cover prevailed in the afternoon with some light scattered showers around 3 p.m.”
Daniel W. Crockett from Old Hickory, Tenn., follows behind Baumgardner in second place among the boaters. On the first day, Crockett landed a five-bass limit going 19.52 pounds. That puts him more than 1.6 pounds ahead of third place.
Holding third with 17.83 pounds, Bobby A. Tadlock of Clinton, Tenn., brought in a five-fish daily limit, but one of his bass really stood out. He anchored his bag with an 8.05-pounder, one of only three bass to exceed eight pounds in this tournament so far on a lake known for producing giant lunkers.
In fourth place among the boaters after one day of intense competition, Mickey L. Beck from Lebanon, Tenn., found five fish to weigh 17.72 pounds. Rounding out the Top Five for Day 1, Richard “Rick” J. Bradford of Hoffman, N.C. landed five bass for 17.55 pounds.
“Most of the anglers caught good fish,” Wayand recalled. “One angler, Kenny Carroll, landed one that broke into double digits. He caught it early in the morning. We also had a couple eight-of eight-pounders on the scales. Other anglers caught good keepers in the afternoon.”
Kenny M. Carroll of Opelika, Ala., only landed three fish, but one of them weighed 10.21 pounds, the largest bass brought to the scales so far in the tournament. He currently holds 18th place with 15.07 pounds. Trent Menees from Justin, Texas, caught a five-bass limit for 17.47 pounds, but he anchored it with an 8.48-pounder, the second largest lunker of the day. He holds seventh place after one day of competition.
In the Co-Angler Division, four anglers placed more than 10 pounds of bass on the scales with only three fish each. Phillip J. Johnson from Griffin, Ga., leads the 140 co-anglers with a three-bass division daily tournament limit going 10.68 pounds for a 3.56-pound average.
In second place for the co-anglers, Justin T. Moffat of White Plains, Md., also landed a three-fish limit to put himself just behind Johnson with 10.60 pounds.
Geoffrey Wells of Patterson, La., holds third place in the division with three bass and 10.16 pounds. The only other co-angler with a double-digit bag, R. J. Mitchell, Jr. from Appling, Ga., landed three keepers for 10.11 pounds. He capped his catch with a 4.56-pound bass, one of nine bass in the division to exceed four pounds.
Holding fifth place among the co-anglers, Jose Gallardo of Belle Glade, Fla., found three good bass going 9.92 pounds. He anchored his sack with a 4.69-pounder.
Jason E. Prestridge of Paradise, Texas, scored the best daily average on the first day. He only caught one bass, but he made it count. His 7.74-pounder leads the lunker race in his division. That one fish also put Prestridge into 13th place among the co-anglers.
“Hopefully, we will get some cooperation from Mother Nature throughout the rest of the week,” Wayand said. “Sunshine for the rest of the week would definitely help as most fish are spawning now and on beds. I expect the weights to stay consistent and possibly increase a little.”
The action continues each day until April 17 at the Dayton Boat Ramp, located at 175 Lakeshore Street in Dayton, Tenn. The weigh-in begins at 2:30 p.m. every day except the last day. On the final day, the weigh-in begins at 2 p.m. The public is invited to each of the weigh-ins.
The entire field fishes for the first two days of the tournament. On the third day, only the top 50 percent of boaters and co-anglers will compete. For the final day, only the top 25 boaters and co-anglers fish for the big prizes and annual bragging rights.
The champion boater will receive $50,000 in cash plus a new fully-equipped Triton 21TRX bass boat powered by a Mercury outboard, a trailer, a T-H Marine Hot Foot and a certificate worth $1,000 toward the purchase of Garmin Electronics. The entire package retails for about $65,000.
The winning co-angler will receive $25,000 in cash plus a new fully-equipped Triton 19TRX bass boat with a Mercury outboard, a trailer, a T-H Marine Hot Foot and a certificate worth $1,000 toward the purchase of Garmin Electronics. The co-angler boat package retails for about $45,000.
The top 20 percent of the boaters and co-anglers will also each receive cash prizes, depending upon how high they placed in the standings. Anglers in both divisions could possibly win bonus money and prizes from ABA sponsors.
American Bass Anglers commitment is to provide low cost, close to home tournaments for the weekend angler and at the same time offer each competitor an upward path for individual angler progression. For more information about American Bass Anglers visit www.americanbassanglers.com or call (256) 232-0406.
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