Whittington Ends Season With A Ross Barnett Win
JACKSON, Miss. – Terry T. Whittington won the Boater Division in the American Bass Anglers Open Series, Presented by Caymas Boats, Mississippi Division 12 regular season finale, held May 28, 2022, at Ross Barnett Reservoir on Pearl River near Jackson.
Launching at Tommy’s Trading Post ramp in Brandon, Miss., the angler from Laurel brought in a 5-bass tournament limit for 13.94 pounds with a 3.99-pound kicker for the tight victory. That gave him a 2.79-pound average.. Barely more than a half-pound separated the top four boaters.
“I had a limit by 10 a.m.,” Whittington reported. “I didn’t really get on fish until later. The water temperature was in the 80s. It was a tough bite today. I watched a lot of fish moving around on my LiveScope. The boat traffic helped me a little bit. All those waves crashing got the fish to school. I caught all my key fish a shaky head.”
In second, Dave Woodfin from Kosciusko also landed his 5-bass limit. He finished about eight ounces behind the leader with 13.40 pounds. He capped his catch with a 4.22 pounder.
“I struggled at first and didn’t have a limit until about 11 a.m.,” Woodfin stated. “I only had two fish in the first three hours. I had one spurt around 12:30 p.m. and culled three fish. I caught my biggest bass on a buzzbait. Besides that, I caught some fish on a shaky head and a monster worm fished in five to eight feet of water. I did a lot of running from above the bridge to the dam.”
One one-hundredth of a pound behind Woodfin, Eddie H. Borne of Canton caught five bass for 13.39 pounds. However, he placed a 4.92-pounder on the scales to take tournament lunker honors.
Webb Collums from nearby Jackson placed fourth with five bass going 13.33 pounds including a 3.40-pound kicker. In fifth for the boaters, Allen Shoemaker of Seminary found a 5-bass limit for 12.22 pounds.
In the Co-Angler Division, Lance Jackson of Starkville landed a 3-bass division limit for 6.49 pounds with a 2.36-pound kicker.
“I caught four keepers, all on a shaky head and culled once,” Jackson revealed. “I had my limit by noon. I was fishing in about 10 feet of water. I had a very good boater.”
Joe L. Schonhoff from down the Pearl River at Slidell, La. found two keepers for 4.56 pounds and second place.
Mike T. Whitty from Jackson landed two keepers for 3.04 pounds. He finished third for the co-anglers.
“I caught one fish at about 10:30 a.m. on a Carolina rig and one about 1 p.m. on a Pop-R,” Whitty said.
Bill J. Goldman from Tylertown only landed one keeper weighing 2.46 pounds. That one fish put him in fourth place for the co-anglers and earned Goldman the division lunker title.
Bob G. Burgess came down from Millington, Tenn. He caught one bass weighing 2.16 pounds for fifth place in the Co-Angler Division.
The division finishes with a 2-day championship set for Oct. 29-30, 2022, at Pickwick Lake on the Tennessee River in northern Mississippi. To register for this event, CLICK HERE.
Each ABA Open Series division offers four one-day qualifying events in a boater/co-angler format. Boaters pay an entry fee of $210 for each event while co-anglers pay $105. The top 20 percent of registered anglers in each tournament receive cash payouts based on the total number of entries. If at least 60 boaters enter the tournament, the Boater Division winner will receive a minimum of $5,000.
In addition, anglers may qualify for bonus money offered by such tournament sponsors as Caymas Boats, Mercury Marine, the T-H Marine Atlas Awards program, MotorGuide, and Power Pole. Anyone who qualifies for Caymas Cash rewards could receive up to $7,000 for winning any ABA Open Series event. If the winning boat carries a Mercury motor, the angler could receive an extra $1,000 in cash from Mercury Marine. If that boat comes with a MotorGuide Trolling Motor, the angler could win an additional $500.
See each manufacturer’s website for details, rules, and qualifications for more information on their contingency programs.
The top anglers could also earn invitations to fish area championship tournaments with a guaranteed $6,000 to the winning boater for a field of at least 60 boats. If 100 or more boaters participate, the winning boater in a championship event will take home a guaranteed minimum of $10,000.
For more information about this tournament, call Tournament Director Chris Wayand at (256) 230-5627. For more information about any American Bass Anglers tournament series, visit www.americanbassanglers.com or call (256) 232-0406.
American Bass Anglers is sponsored by Caymas Boats, Mercury Marine, T-H Marine, Garmin Electronics, Power Pole, Lucas Oil, RT Outdoors, Sportsman Card, Optima Batteries, Hotel Planner.com, and LurePartsOnline.com.
About American Bass Anglers: American Bass Anglers is committed to providing low-cost, close-to-home tournaments for the weekend angler and, at the same time, offering each competitor an upward path for individual angler progression.
For more information about American Bass Anglers, the Open Series, the American Fishing Tour, the American Couples Series, the annual Military Team Bass Tournament, and the Top 150 Solo Tour, all presented by Caymas Boats, visit www.americanbassanglers.com or call (256) 232-0406
This story was written by ABA staff writer John N. Felsher. To submit articles of interest email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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