Wieteha Wins $6100 in Area 5 Championship
ATHENS, Ala. – Matthew Wieteha won the Bass Pro Shops Open Series Area 5 Championship tournament, held October 2nd & 3rd on Lake Okeechobee. Running out of Roland Martin Marina & Resort in Clewiston, FL the Miami, FL angler caught a two-day total of ten bass weighing 33.84pounds. For the Boater Division victory, Wieteha took home a check for $6100 for his win.
“I caught my fish both days punching mats with a Gambler Burner Craw and a 1-1/2oz weight using a 7’9” Scenko Stix flipping stick. I had about six areas that I rotated through these couple of days.
In second for the boaters, Neil Davis of Minneola, FL landed a two-day total of ten bass weighing 31.78 pounds.
“I mixed it up for this event. I caught some fish on a square-bill crankbait, a speed worm, and flipping a Fitzgerald Texas-jig. I was using Fitzgerald rods, Vursa Braid and Vursa Fluorocarbon line. I stayed around the Harney Pond area of the lake.” Davis said.
Chris McBeath of Bradenton, FL took third for the boaters with a two-day total of ten bass weighing 30.80 pounds.
“I caught my fish on a speed worm all day long both days. I was using a light weight and reeled all day working a 1 ½ mile stretch. “McBeath said.
Finishing fourth, Donald “Durand” Locke of Loxahatchee, FL landed a two-day total of ten bass weighing 29.90 pounds.
Jim Anderson of Wellington, FL rounded out the top five boaters and landed a two-day total of ten bass weighing 29.04 pounds.
Tony Bennett of Tarpon Springs, FL won the big bass award on the boater side for a giant bass that weighed 8.78 pounds. Bennett collected $670 for that fish.
“I caught that big bass flipping a beaver against some buggy whips on my second flip this morning.” Bennett said
In the Co-Angler Division, Adam Sangster of Sanford, FL won with a two-day total of six bass that weighed 20.50 pounds. He pocketed a check for $1950 for his win.
“I caught my fish on day one with a speed worm, but most were smaller fish. I caught a better fish on a Gambler Big EZ and a real good fish on a frog. On day two, I caught my fish on a frog early.” Sangster said.
Taking second for the co-anglers, Kyle Jones of Leesburg, FL a two-day total of six bass that weighed 16.01 pounds.
“I caught my fish on day one pitching a trick worm and on day two, swimming a Gambler Big EZ. “Jones said.
Uby Rosell of Davenport, FL placed third among the co-anglers with a two-day total of six bass that weighed 15.46 pounds.
“I caught my fish on day one using chatter-baits, flipping, and worms. I was using MHX rods and using Trik Fish Pitch Black Braid and Trik Fish Fluorocarbon line We ran north both days around the Harney Pond area.” Rosell said.
In fourth place among the co-anglers, Tim Twisdale of Jacksonville, FL in a two-day total of five bass that weighed 14.48 pounds that included the big bass for the co-anglers that weighed 6.57 pounds Twisdale collected $335 for that big bass.
“I caught that fish on day one using a chatter-bait around 10:30am around buggy whips.” Twisdale said.
Robert “Bobby” Taylor Jr of St Cloud, FL finished in fifth place with a two-day total of six bass that weighed 14.07 pounds.
At the end of the season, the best anglers from across the nation advance the 2022 Ray Scott Championship to be held at Lake Eufaula in Eufaula, AL.
For more information on this tournament, call Billy Benedetti, tournament manager, at 256-230-5632 or ABA at 256-232-0406. On line, see www.americanbassanglers.com
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