Baumgardner Pads His Lead At Ray Scott Championship
By John N. Felsher
ATHENS, Ala. – In the second day of competition, Chris D. Baumgardner increased his lead to almost four pounds over his nearest competitor in the Boater Division of the four-day 2021 Ray Scott Championship, held April 15 on Lake Chickamauga near Dayton, Tenn.
On Day 2 of the championship tournament, the Gastonia, N.C. angler brought in another good sack, five bass weighing 17.84 pounds. That padded his lead to 40.02 pounds with about a four-pound average. On the first day, Baumgardner also caught five bass to take the early lead with 22.18 pounds, the second largest one-day bag yet seen in the tournament.
In second among the 148 boaters, Haden Lamb of Ooltewah, Tenn., jumped four places with a five-fish daily tournament limit weighing 18.66 pounds. His two-day total of 10 bass gave him 36.16 pounds. He held sixth place on Day 1 with 17.50 pounds.
Right behind in third place, Brett Brumnett from Wagoner, Okla. found 10 keepers in two days to tally 36.11 pounds. On the first day, he held 15th place with 15.90 pounds. On Day 2, Brumnett landed the largest one-day sack so far in the tournament at 20.21 pounds to vault up 12 spots.
Local angler Dillon Falardeau of Hixson, Tenn., moved up four notches to hold fourth place with a two-day total of 10 fish weighing 34.07 pounds. On the first day, he landed 17.36 pounds, good enough for eighth place. He put another 16.71 pounds on the board during the second day.
Rounding out the Top Five boaters, Mickey L. Beck from Lebanon, Tenn., weighed two straight five-fish daily tournament limits to put 33.75 pounds on the scales. He held fourth place on Day 1 with 17.72 pounds, but dropped a rung to fifth on the second day with a 16.03-pound catch that included a 5.74-pound kicker.
Kenny M. Carroll of Opelika, Ala., still holds the lunker lead with a 10.21-pound bucketmouth he caught early on the first day. Trent Menees from Justin, Texas, caught an 8.48-pounder, the second largest lunker of the tournament to date. Bobby A. Tadlock of Clinton, Tenn., caught the only other bass to exceed eight pounds in the first two days. His fish weighed 8.05 pounds
In the Co-Angler Division, David L. Marr from Cleveland, Tenn. jumped eight spots to take the lead over 139 other co-anglers with a perfect six-fish two-day division limit weighing 20.58 pounds. The only co-angler to catch more than 20 pounds in two days, Marr’s catch averaged 3.43 pounds.
On the first day, Marr landed three bass for 8.34 pounds to hold ninth place. On Day 2, the new leader brought in 12.24 pounds, the second largest one-day bag in the Co-Angler Division so far in the tournament.
Holding second place among the co-anglers, Jose Gallardo of Belle Glade, Fla. jumped three places with a two-day total of six bass weighing 19.64 pounds. He held fifth place on Day 1 with a three-fish daily division limit for 9.92 pounds. He anchored that sack with a 4.69-pounder. On Day 2, he caught 9.72 pounds.
Eli H. Brumnett of Wagoner, Okla. occupies the third slot among the co-anglers with a two-day total of six fish going 17.68 pounds. Brumnett held eighth place on Day 1 with 8.39 pounds. He upped that catch to 9.29 pounds on the second day to move up five spots.
Day 1 division leader Phillip J. Johnson of Griffin, Ga., fell to fourth place on the second day with a two-day total of six bass at 16.93 pounds. He brought in 10.68 pounds on opening day and another 6.25 pounds on the second day.
Making the current Top 5 co-anglers list, Jake J. Short from Cookeville, Tenn. made probably the most impressive advance in the tournament. On the first day, he landed one 3.08-pound bass to sit in 54th place. On Day 2, he caught the biggest one-day sack so far in his division, three bass going 13.83 pounds. That rocketed him up 49 spots into fifth place with a two-day total of 16.90 pounds. Only eight co-anglers landed one-day bags weighing more than 10 pounds.
Jason E. Prestridge of Paradise, Texas, still leads the division lunker race. On the first day, he landed a 7.74-pounder. He found more fish on Day 2, but not bigger ones. He landed a three-bass daily division limit weighing 7.90 pounds to presently occupy seventh place with 15.64 pounds.
Bill C. Mogan of Mobile, Ala. landed the second largest bass in the division, a 6.41-pounder. Johnny L. Smith, Jr. from Albany, Ga. caught a 6.18-pound bass, the only other co-angler to break the six-pound plateau.
The annual Ray Scott Championship culminates the 2020 season for the Bass Pro Shop Open Series, presented by American Bass Anglers. During the 2020 season, boaters and co-anglers from ABA divisions across the country competed in divisional tournaments and a two-division final event to qualify for the Ray Scott Championship, named for the Father of Competitive Bass fishing and a fishing legend.
The action continues each day through April 17 at the Dayton Boat Ramp, located at 175 Lakeshore Street in Dayton, Tenn. On the third day, only the top 50 percent of boaters and co-anglers compete.
For the final day, only the top 25 boaters and co-anglers will battle for big prizes and bragging rights. The weigh-in begins at 2:30 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. Saturday. The public is invited to each of the weigh-ins.
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 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 weekend anglers 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.
American Bass Anglers is sponsored by Bass Pro Shops, Triton Boats, Mercury Motors, Motor Guide, Berkley, Abu Garcia, T-H Marine, Power Pole, Garmin, Monster Energy, Lucas Oil, Engel Coolers, OPTIMA Batteries, REKS Sunglasses, and HotelPlanner.com.
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