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PELL City, Ala., — Thunder, lightning and a deluge of rain last night muddied Logan Martin Lake’s already stained water. The water level rose at least two feet and turned the tributaries feeding the lake into coffee-colored torrents. The drastic change in conditions sent most of the pros that qualified for the Top 12 finale scrambling to find new water and fishing patterns. The anglers who claimed the Top 2 spots were able to catch bass using the same tactics that produced for them prior to Friday night’s monsoon. David Kilgore of Jasper, Ala., sacked four solid bass today that brought his total to 46 pounds, 8 ounces. It was enough to snatch victory from Bassmaster Elite Series pro Greg Vinson of Alabama who finished second with 40 pounds, 15 ounces. Kilgore’s winning lure was a white 1/2-ounce Strike King Pure Poison chattering jig dressed with a white Strike King Rage Tail Craw. “I fished docks over 10 to 15 feet of water where the shad were spawning,” Kilgore said. All but one of the bass that Kilgore brought to the scales during the three-day tournament were fat Coosa River spots. He caught 12 to 14 keepers a day the first two days. In Saturday’s final round, only one area of the lake was clear enough for his pattern to hold up. The win earned Kilgore $10,000, a Nitro Z-9 powered by a Mercury 225 Pro XS outboard and a berth in the 2014 Bassmaster Classic at Lake Guntersville. Kilgore knows Guntersville well and is ready to compete in the world championship of bass fishing. Vinson keyed on spawning bluegills in shallow water around flooded shoreline grass. The bream beds were too deep to see, but he caught largemouth bass wherever bluegills nipped at his Texas rigged NetBait Mini Kickin’ B craw matched with a 1/4- ounce tungsten bullet weight. This bait and a Lobina Rico popper produced all of Vinson’s bass. “I fished different areas every day,” Vinson said. “Today I was lucky enough to find a place that didn’t get extremely muddy.” Tennessee Elite Series pro David Walker started the day in third place, which is where he ended up with a total of 40 pounds, 11 ounces. He struggled Saturday to bag a 9-pound, 12-ounce total, due to the challenging water conditions. “Several people asked me if the water came up today,” Walker said. “It was like a Biblical flood out there.” Walker caught largemouth and spotted bass over the course of the tournament. His primary lures included a Koppers Frog, a Z-Man ChatterBait and a spinnerbait. As the highest finishing owner of a Toyota truck, Walker pocketed a $1,500 bonus. Grayson Smith of Clarksville, Tenn., won the co-angler division, finishing with a three-bass limit that went 10 pounds, 3 ounces. His 24-pound, 1-ounce total allowed him to walk away with a certificate for a Triton 17 Pro bass boat with a Mercury 115 Pro XS motor. Remarkably, Smith has qualified for the final 12 in each of the three Bassmaster Southern Opens this year. The odds are good that Smith will fish the Bassmaster Southern Opens next year as a pro. For more coverage of the tournament, visit Bassmaster.com. Winner of the Carhartt Big Bass award of $500 on the pro side was Chris Lane for his 5-8 bass. Earning the Carhartt Big Bass award of $500 on the co-angler side was Eulon Lee Jr. for his 4- 11. Other bonuses awarded at the event for pros included: · The Livingston Lures Leader Award of $250 to the angler in the lead on Day 2: David Kilgore · The Luck-E-Strike Heavyweight Award: $250 to Chris Lane for his Day 1 bag of 18-10. Other bonuses awarded at the event for co-anglers included: · The Livingston Lures Leader Award for the angler in the lead on Day 2: $250 in product to Bryan Talmadge · The Luck-E-Strike Heavyweight Award: $250 to James Harrison for his Day 1 bag of 11-3. Courtesy of BASS Communications.

 
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Thliveros wins co-angler title FLORENCE, Ala. (May 11, 2013) – Rick Taylor of West Olive, Mich., weighed a five-bass limit totaling 21 pounds, 12 ounces Saturday to win the EverStart Series Southeast Division event on Wheeler Lake with a three-day total of 15 bass weighing 57 pounds, 9 ounces. After starting the day in 10th place, Taylor weighed the heaviest sack of the day to claim victory. For his win, Taylor earned $28,958. “That’s a good day of fishing,” Taylor exclaimed after receiving his prize. On a lake that was described as being charged with current, Taylor started and ended the tournament with the current. According to Taylor it was the current that kept moving the fish into his prime fishing area and as the water got lower, the fish got more plentiful. “I was fishing a big brush pocket on the edge of the current that was a spawning area,” Taylor said. “I fished the same area on the first day as I did on the last day. It was probably a five acre area and I just kept going in one big circle. “There were about 10 or 12 boats fishing the area on the first day of competition. But then on the second day of the tournament the wind blew so hard that nobody could fish it.” Taylor said that was the game changer for him. He believes that it was the wind blowing so hard and keeping anglers from getting into the area on the second day prevented the fish from being beaten-up. “On the second day I had to go to my back-up areas,” Taylor continued. “I was still flipping brush but I had to work really hard to get the weight I had. I caught about 25 keepers, but they were all 2 ½- to 3-pounders. This whole tournament has just been incredible. I bet I caught about 25 to 30 big fish each day and by big fish I mean 3-pounders. From where I am from (Michigan) that’s considered a big fish. “I really didn’t think I would be able to overcome a 6- pound deficit, I didn’t think there was a snowballs chance that I would win today. Remarkably I did,” said an overjoyed Taylor. Taylor was flipping Schubert Tubes in black with a ¼ ounce weight. He said it was the lighter weight that really made the difference. He said that his co-anglers started by using heavier weights without much success, after they followed suit and started using lighter weights the bite really turned on. The top 10 pros on Wheeler Lake were: 1st: Rick Taylor, West Olive, Mich., 15 bass, 57-9, $28,958 2nd: Straight Talk pro JT Kenney, Palm Bay, Fla., 15 bass, 54-14, $10,859 3rd: Jeff Fitts, Keystone Heights, Fla., 15 bass, 54-11, $7,240 4th: Jordan Lee, Auburn, Ala., 15 bass, 54-8, $6,516 5th: Koby Kreiger, Okeechobee, Fla., 15 bass, 54-5, $5,792 6th: Chad Aaron, Lawrenceburg, Tenn., 15 bass, 51-10, $5,068 7th: Brian Merriman, Falkville, Ala., 15 bass, 51-7, $4,344 8th: William Davis, Sheffield, Ala., 15 bass, 50- 14, $3,620 9th: Josh Dorr, Pickens, S.C., 15 bass, 48-12, $2,896 10th: Eddie Jewell, Lawrenceburg, Tenn., 15 bass, 48-3, $2,172 Complete results can be found at FLWOutdoors.com. Lee caught the biggest bass of the tournament in the pro division on Friday, a 6-pound, 15-ounce bass that earned him the day’s EverStart Series Big Bass award of $196. Nick Thliveros of St. Augustine, Fla., won the co-angler division and a Ranger Z117 with a 90-horsepower Evinrude or Mercury outboard motor with a three-day total of 15 bass weighing 48 pounds, 12 ounces. Courtesy of FLWOutdoors.com

 
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Improved fishery should produce large weights

 

 
EUFAULA, Ala. (May 3, 2013) – The Walmart FLW Tour on Lake Eufaula presented by Straight Talk Wireless will visit Eufaula, Ala., May 16-19 for the fourth event of its 18th season. Hosted by the Eufaula Barbour Chamber of Commerce, the tournament will feature a full field of the world’s best bass pros and co-anglers casting for top awards up to $125,000 cash in the Pro Division and up to $25,000 cash in the Co-angler Division.
Straight Talk pros Scott Canterbury (left) and J.T. Kenney will be competing against a full field of the best pro anglers in the world at the Walmart FLW Tour at Lake Eufaula.

“This one is going to be a really good tournament,” said Straight Talk Wireless pro Scott Canterbury, who won an EverStart series tournament on Lake Eufaula in 2011. “It’s been tough on Eufaula for the past couple of years, but the lake has really come on. The fishing has been phenomenal this year, and we’re hitting it at the perfect time. The water levels are up and there are going to be a lot of big fish caught. It’s going to be a fun event.”

Canterbury, a Springville, Ala., native, said that anglers will have plenty of water to fish and would be employing a variety of tactics.
 
“It’s a huge, huge lake,” Canterbury said. “There are miles of shoreline grass and cover. The fish have been up in the grass, but the weather leading up to the tournament is really going to be the factor on if those fish start to move out to the ledges.
 
“It’s a great ledge-fishing lake,” Canterbury continued. “The Lowrance electronics that we use are going to be a big deal in this tournament. A lot of the anglers here know a lot of key places, but using our electronics to find those deep ledges and brushpiles is going to be a key.”
 
Canterbury said that anglers will have a few different techniques to employ at the Eufaula event and anglers would be able to play to their strengths.
 
“They’re going to catch them shallow in the grass on buzzbaits, spinnerbaits and swimming jigs,” Canterbury said. “There are going to be guys that catch them out deep cranking big, deep-diving crankbaits, too.”
 
Canterbury said he believes that it will take right around 80 pounds throughout the four-day event to earn the trophy.
 
“A good weight on Eufaula is 18 to 20 pounds,” said Canterbury. “But there are going to be some big stringers. A local tournament last week took 27 pounds to win. I would not be surprised at all to see a few 25-pound stringers cross the stage.”
 
 
 
Courtesy of FLWOutdoors.com