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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Albert Collins knew the water, knew the bass and knew what he wanted. Those three elements clinched a berth in the 2013 Bassmaster Classic as he consistently brought in big bags — and big bass — during the Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Weekend Series National Championship, operated by American Bass Anglers, on Sam Rayburn Reservoir near Jasper, Texas, Nov. 7-10.   

 

To secure the win, Collins brought in 86.56 pounds of bass during four days of competition, including two fish that weighed more than 6 pounds each. He prevailed, despite high winds each day of competition.  

“I battled rough water the whole time,” Collins said. “Truthfully, I think it helped me. I was fishing the main lake on dropoffs and points. Some of the other guys fishing farther south on the lake were not protected from the wind at all. They couldn’t fish their spots effectively.” 

Second-place angler David Curtis of Trinity, Texas, who finished with a four-day weight of 71.05, was fishing the same area with Collins. 

Collins caught most of his fish on a deep-diving crankbait by 6th Sense Lures in a threadfin shad pattern. “It made a different sound and had a different action than what the other anglers were throwing,” he added. He alternated that lure with a Zoom Ol’ Monster worm and an E2 Bait Co. 10-inch Big Tail Worm.

The victory on Rayburn earned Collins $100,000, as well as the chance to compete for the $500,000 first prize in the world championship title on Grand Lake o’ the Cherokees, Okla. The Weekend Series champ plans to be a top contender. 

“I’m going to spend two weeks, possibly three, prefishing after Thanksgiving,” said Collins.  

 

 Courtesy of BASS Communications.


 
Posted By The Bass Hog

Final Results PDF

 

ATHENS, Ala. – With the largest bag on the final day, Clifford Albert Collins sealed his victory in the 2012 Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Weekend Series National Championship tournament, operated by American Bass Anglers, and earned the right to compete in the Bassmaster Classic.

“I quit fishing for nine years and started back fishing about five years ago,” Collins said. Collins finished the tournament with a perfect four-day limit of 20 bass weighing 86.56 pounds including a 6.20-pound kicker for a 4.33-pound average. On Day 1, Collins held second with 19.96 pounds, before taking the lead with the largest single-day bag in the event at 24.53 pounds on Day 2.

“Most of my fish came out of eight to 12 feet of water,” the champ revealed. “I was fishing a ledge and a channel drop. I fished hard spots where the sand and the clay came together. I also fished some points in 16 to 20 feet of water. I was cranking a 6th Sense 300DD crankbait in Tennessee shad crankbait and throwing an E2 worm in redbug or plum apple.”

Locking down second place among the 175 boaters, David Curtis of Trinity, Texas, also brought in four consecutive five-bass daily tournament limits to finish with 71.05 pounds. On Day 1, Curtis held third with 19.01 pounds for third place. On Day 2, he caught 20.13 pounds and followed that with a 14.98-pound effort. On the final day, Curtis found five keepers for 16.93 pounds.

In third for the boaters, Stephen Johnston of Hemphill, Texas, finished with 19 bass and 68.53 pounds. On Day 1, he held eighth place with 17.19 pounds, then added 18.88 pounds on Day 2. On Day 3, Johnson brought in 14.63 pounds with a 6.21-pound kicker. He wrapped up the tournament with 17.83 pounds, which included the second largest bass of the tournament, a 10.20-pounder.

John Hutchins of Warrenton, Va., finished fourth with 20 bass and 60.07 pounds topped by a 7.08-pound kicker. On Day 1, he brought in 18.14 pounds and followed with 11.18 pounds on Day 2. On Day 3, Hutchins moved up from eighth place to fifth place among the boaters with a 14.26-pound catch. On the final day, he jumped one place with a 16.49-pound bag.

In the Co-Angler Division, Richard Michalski of West Port, Ky., won the championship with a four-day total of 11 bass weighing 33.05 pounds. On Day 1, Michalski brought in 10.85 pounds. He held second on Day 2 after catching 5.30 pounds and moved into the lead on Day 3 by landing 6.47 pounds while fishing with Collins. Again fishing with Collins on Day 4, Michalski ended with 10.43 pounds.

“Everything I caught in four days came on deep-running crankbaits – DD-22s – and big worms fished right on the river ledge,” Michalski said. “Getting to fish for two days with Albert was a joy. He earned his trip to the Classic. He was a real gentleman. After he got his limit, he turned the boat, told me where the fish were and let me start culling. If it wasn’t for him, I wouldn’t be here.”
As the champion co-angler, Michalski took home a check for $50,000.

Michael M. Smith of Laurel Hill, Fla., placed second among the co-anglers with a perfect four-day limit of 12 bass weighing 29.61 pounds. He caught 6.63 pounds on Day 1 and 5.86 pounds on Day 2. On Day 3, he moved from 21st place into fourth with an 8.30-pound bag.

Courtesy of American Bass Anglers/David Hagood


 
Posted By The Bass Hog

 

ATHENS, Ala. – With another solid bag, Clifford Albert Collins extended his hold on the top spot during the 2012 Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Weekend Series National Championship tournament, operated by American Bass Anglers and held Nov. 7-10 on Lake Sam Rayburn near Jasper, Texas.

The 48-year-old angler from Nacogdoches, Texas, caught 11 keepers on Day 3 to bring in 19.70 pounds, increasing his lead to more than 10 pounds. In three days of intense competition, Collins caught 15 bass weighing 64.19 pounds including a 6.20-pound kicker. After catching the largest single-day bag so far at 24.53 pounds, he held the lead on Day 2 with 44.49 pounds. On Day 1, Collins held second with 19.96 pounds.

Remaining in second among the 175 boaters, David Curtis of Trinity, Texas, landed his third consecutive five bass daily tournament limit for 14.98 pounds on Day 3. In three days, he brought in 15 bass for 54.12 pounds. On Day 1, he caught 19.01 pounds for third place. On Day 2, he caught 20.13 pounds.

Stephen Johnston of Hemphill, Texas, stayed in third place with a three-day effort resulting in 15 bass weighing 50.70 pounds. On Day 1, he held eighth place with 17.19 pounds. He added 18.88 pounds on Day 2. On Day 3, Johnson brought in 14.63 pounds with a 6.21-pound kicker.

Remaining in fourth place, Jeffry L. Wade of Cabot, Ark., landed his third consecutive five-bass daily limit for a total of 45.91 pounds including a 3.83-pound kicker. He caught 16.33 pounds on Day 1 to hold 10th place and added 16.03 pounds on Day 2. On Day 3, he landed 13.55 pounds.

On the third day, John Hutchins of Warrenton, Va., moved up from eighth place to fifth place among the boaters with a 14.26-pound bag. After three days, he landed 15 bass at 43.58 pounds topped by a 7.08-pound kicker. On Day 1, he brought in 18.14 pounds and followed with 11.18 pounds on Day 2.

In the Co-Angler Division, Richard Michalski of West Port, Ky., moved into the lead with a 6.47-pound bag on Day 3. In three days, he caught eight bass weighing 22.62 pounds. On Day 1, Michalski brought in 10.85 pounds. He held second on Day 2 after catching 5.30 pounds.

With the largest single-day catch from any co-angler, Sidney Weaver of Cherryville, N.C., vaulted from 74th place into second on the strength of a 13.52-pound Day 3 bag. In three days, he caught seven keepers for 21.25 pounds with a 6.70-pound kicker. On Day 1, he brought in 2.47 pounds and followed that with 5.26 pounds on Day 2.

Joe Dorcy of Smithville, Mo., also made a major leap on Day 3, jumping from 12th place to third with a three-day total of nine bass for 20.94 pounds including a 4.25-pound kicker. He caught 8.05 pounds on Day 1, 5.40 pounds on Day 2 and 7.49 pounds on Day 3.

The event concludes Nov. 10. On the final day, only the top 25 boaters and co-anglers compete. The champion boater will receive $100,000 and could win up to $105,000 with bonuses from Triton Boats, Mercury Marine and MotorGuide. In addition, the winning boater will earn a chance to compete in the 2013 Bassmaster Classic, slated for Feb. 22-24 on Grand Lake of the Cherokees near Grove, Okla. The champion co-angler will take home $50,000 and could grab up to $52,500 including sponsor bonus money.

 

Couretsy of American Bass Anglers/David Hagood.


 
Posted By The Bass Hog

 

ATHENS, Ala. – One angler will win the chance of a lifetime, an opportunity to compete in the 2013 Bassmaster Classic, by winning the 2012 Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Weekend Series National Championship tournament.

Operated by American Bass Anglers, the 2012 national championship event will be held Nov. 7-10 on Lake Sam Rayburn. The tournament will run out of Umphrey Pavilion Marina north of Jasper, Texas. The event features the best weekend anglers from about 25 states across the country.

“Everything is shaping up for an excellent national championship tournament,” said Porter Trimble, the tournament director. “The anglers qualify through divisional events in their states and one two-day divisional championship. The top 40 points leaders from each BWS division compete in one of four regional championship events. Then, the top 50 boaters and 50 co-anglers from each of the four regional events may compete in the BWS national championship for a chance to win a portion of about $250,000.”

“The big bass will probably be in the 8- to 9-pound range,” predicted Scott Dean of Terrell, Texas, who fishes with the BWS East Texas Division 11. “Anglers will need to catch at least 15 to 18 pounds a day to stay competitive.”

During an October 2012 FLW event, Phil Marks of Dallas won the four-day tournament with 82 pounds. On the final day of competition, he brought in five bass weighing 32 pounds, 12 ounces for a 6.55-pound average. He needed two weigh-in bags to bring his fish to the scales. On the final day, Marks caught his bass on a prototype 10XD Strike King deep-running crankbait.

Marks fished deep structure. Numerous creek channels flow through the system, creating humps and drops. Many anglers also fish abundant grass beds. Hydrilla, coontail and pondweed create excellent bass habitat. Anglers may also find some standing timber in coves. In addition, timber, brush and fallen trees create shoreline bass cover.

A couple years ago, the area suffered from a severe drought, which dropped the lake level nearly 10 feet below normal. During the extended drought, many exposed shorelines grew up with terrestrial vegetation. When rains returned in the spring of 2012, the water level rose, inundating many acres of new bass cover.

“Rayburn is a flat lake,” Dean advised. “When the water came up, the fish had so much cover they could go anywhere. In recent tournaments, anglers could catch fish in 30 feet of water or one foot of water. Anglers are going to be able to catch some fish doing whatever technique they like to do best.”

Many anglers probably plan to drag Carolina rigs around creek channels or humps. Others may fish football jigs over humps or look to the grass beds ripe for flipping soft plastics. Anglers might also spot schooling fish where major creek channels hit the main lake.

“The fish are starting to move into the shallows, but anglers will still catch big ones out in deeper waters,” Dean recommended. “It will probably be won in the 10- to 12-foot range. In the shallows, anglers will catch plenty bass on crankbaits, topwaters and rattle baits. In deeper waters, I recommend throwing football jigs or Carolina rigs.”

For more information, call Trimble at (318) 201-3474 or ABA at (888) 203-6222. On line, see www.americanbassanglers.com.
 

Courtesy of American Bass Anglers/David Hagood