Giddens Leads Championship Tournament On Hartwell

Giddens Leads Championship Tournament On Hartwell Lake Hartwell that he was almost ready to throw in the towel before the tournament on Lake Hartwell began.
 

ANDERSON, S.C. — Marty Giddens was so frustrated with his bad luck after practice fishing on Lake Hartwell that he was almost ready to throw in the towel before the tournament on Lake Hartwell began.
 
“I would have gone home if I could have found a way,” he said. “I tried everything, but nothing worked.”
 
Of course, that was a lighthearted comment. The Wiregrass Bassmasters member is a finalist in the B.A.S.S. Nation Championship. He leads the tournament after the first day of competition with a five-bass limit that weighed 17 pounds, 9 ounces. The catch included the heaviest bass of the day, a 5-1 largemouth. Giddens was understandably secretive about details of his lures and tactics. Where he lives in central Alabama offers a clue about why he leads the tournament. The plumbing and home contractor is from Eclectic, a small town located near Lake Martin. That fishery and Lake Hartwell are similar in many ways. 
 
“It looks and fishes a lot like Hartwell,” he admitted. “I’m trying to make some things that work there do well here.”
 
Both lakes feature a mixed population of spotted and largemouth bass. Annual flood-control procedures lower both lakes during fall and winter. Spotted bass gang up on shoals and points during fall to feed on schools of baitfish. All those scenarios line up with his skill set. Giddens only caught seven bass worth bringing to the scales during four days of practice. That dry streak explains his frustration. Today, he enjoyed a flurry of action after catching his three best bass within an hour.
 
“I kept going back to the same pattern and never gave up,” he explained. “I pulled up on the right spot, and my guess is the fish moved up into shallower water.”
 
Can he duplicate the effort tomorrow?
 
“It should work because today it was just a totally different lake than it was in practice,” he said.
 
Taking second place with 14-3 was Tray Huddleston, a 32-year-old construction worker from Arkansas. He experienced the same bad luck as Giddens during practice, but a key midday adjustment turned things around for him Thursday.
 
“I was able to quickly capitalize on how I changed by running a lot of water,” said Huddleston, a member of the Natural State Bass Club.
 
A topwater lure proved key for Huddleston, who hopes to expand on his turnaround Friday. Running more water is the plan. Oklahoman Matt Pangrac caught 13-6 to take third place. He succeeded at his goal of catching just enough bass to stay in contention for all three days of the tournament.
 
“I’m running a lot of water, burned a full tank of fuel running from one end to the other of the lake,” said Pangrac, a member of the North Oklahoma City Bassmasters.
 
“After practice, I decided it would take 12 pounds each day to make the Top 3, and that is my goal.”
 
Pangrac, fishing his second consecutive Nation Championship, knows well what is on the line at this tournament. Winning the championship is only one goal. The Top 3 anglers advance to the 2018 Bassmaster Classic. Coincidentally, the world championship of bass fishing is also on Lake Hartwell, March 16-18, 2018. After the first day, the Classic qualifiers would be Giddens, Huddleston and Pangrac.
 
Unseasonably warm weather slowed the typical fall migration of the bass from the main lake into the shallower creek arms of the lake. Normally, bass concentrate in schools and feed on baitfish prior to winter. Those factors make bass easier to find and catch. But the balmy fall has made things tougher.
  
A plumber, U.S. Marine, farmer and nurse anesthetist represent a snapshot of what the contestants do for a living outside of bass fishing. The anglers belong to bass clubs affiliated with the B.A.S.S. Nation. The global program encompasses the United States and nine foreign nations. Joining anglers from 47 states are those from five continents. Mexico, Japan, Australia, Portugal, Italy, Zimbabwe, Namibia, the province of Ontario and the Republic of South Africa are the foreign nations represented in the championship.
 
Boater and nonboater anglers from each state or nation qualified for the championship. So did Jeff Thompson, the national champion of the Paralyzed Veterans of America Bass Tour. On the nonboater side, Mike Powell of Utah took the lead with 14 pounds, 6 ounces.
 
“Being able to fish deeper water helped me improve on my pattern,” he said. Powell was paired with boater Larry Triplett of Colorado who is currently in 26th.
 
Green Pond Landing and Event Center is the venue for the morning launch and afternoon weigh-in events. The tournament begins at 7:30 a.m. ET with weigh-ins beginning at 3:45 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.
 

 

2017 B.A.S.S. Nation Championship
10/19-10/21 
Lake Hartwell, Anderson  SC.
(BOATER) Standings Day 1
   Angler                   Hometown              No./lbs-oz  Pts   Total $$$
1.  Marty Giddens          Eclectic, AL             5  17-09    0
  Day 1: 5   17-09   
2.  Tray Huddleston        Russellville, AR         5  14-03    0
  Day 1: 5   14-03   
3.  Matt Pangrac           Norman , OK              5  13-06    0
  Day 1: 5   13-06   
4.  Mike Lavallee          Sandy, UT                5  13-02    0
  Day 1: 5   13-02   
5.  Rick Svoboda           Cockeysville , MD        5  12-15    0
  Day 1: 5   12-15   
6.  Kalib Lund             Glendale, AZ             5  12-08    0
  Day 1: 5   12-08   
7.  James Van Rooyen       Lidwigsdorf Windhoek NA  5  12-03    0
  Day 1: 5   12-03   
8.  Jared Thompson         Marvell, AR              5  11-07    0
  Day 1: 5   11-07   
9.  Caleb Sumrall          New Iberia, LA           5  11-05    0
  Day 1: 5   11-05   
10. Rick Hamer             Charleston, WV           5  10-10    0
  Day 1: 5   10-10   
11. Soshi Kataoka          Ohtsu-Shi Shiga-Ken Jap  5  09-14    0
  Day 1: 5   09-14   
12. Tadd Johnson           Lakeview, MN             5  09-11    0
  Day 1: 5   09-11   
13. Kyle Fox               Lakeland, FL             5  09-05    0
  Day 1: 5   09-05   
13. Justy Varkevisser      Johannesburg SOUTH AFRI  5  09-05    0
  Day 1: 5   09-05   
15. Keith Webb             Virginia Beach, VA       5  09-02    0
  Day 1: 5   09-02   
16. Ken Golubjatnikov      Pittsford, NY            5  09-01    0
  Day 1: 5   09-01   
17. Ed Berndt III          Grandon, WI              5  08-14    0
  Day 1: 5   08-14   
17. Luke Gritter           Otsego, MI               5  08-14    0
  Day 1: 5   08-14   
19. Wyatt Smith            Stroud, OK               5  08-11    0
  Day 1: 5   08-11   
20. Dean Silvester         Boonah Queensland AUSTR  5  08-06    0
  Day 1: 5   08-06   
21. David Collyer          Harare ZIMBABWE          5  08-01    0
  Day 1: 5   08-01   
21. Mike Seal              Richmond, IN             5  08-01    0
  Day 1: 5   08-01   
23. Tim Carini             Marietta, GA             5  08-00    0
  Day 1: 5   08-00   
24. Jamie Laiche           Gonzales, LA             5  07-15    0
  Day 1: 5   07-15   
24. Bryson Mort            Post Falls, ID           5  07-15    0
  Day 1: 5   07-15   
26. Michael McAdams        Cincinnati, OH           5  07-14    0
  Day 1: 5   07-14   
26. Larry Triplett         Castle Rock, CO          5  07-14    0
  Day 1: 5   07-14   
28. Beau Govreau           Cedar Hill, MO           5  07-13    0
  Day 1: 5   07-13   
29. Nicholas Papotto       Meriden , CT             5  07-11    0
  Day 1: 5   07-11   
30. Ben Bilott             Larimer, PA              5  07-07    0
  Day 1: 5   07-07   
31. Tony Lind              Auburn , WA              5  07-03    0
  Day 1: 5   07-03   
32. Richard Hladky         Yankton, SD              5  07-02    0
  Day 1: 5   07-02   
33. Tim Hartman            Effingham, IL            5  06-12    0
  Day 1: 5   06-12   
34. Mark Williams          Taylorsville, NC         3  06-11    0
  Day 1: 3   06-11   
35. Ty Faber               Pagosa Springs, CO       5  06-07    0
  Day 1: 5   06-07   
36. Chris Carnes           York, SC                 5  06-00    0
  Day 1: 5   06-00   
37. Ryan Lavigne           Gonzales, LA             5  05-14    0
  Day 1: 5   05-14   
38. Mark Lodge             Alfred, ME               3  05-14    0
  Day 1: 3   05-14   
39. Craig Torkleson        Sand Springs, OK         5  05-12    0
  Day 1: 5   05-12   
40. Jay Hotzak             Auroro Ontario CANADA    4  05-12    0
  Day 1: 4   05-12   
41. Michael Sentore        Gloucester City, NJ      5  05-10    0
  Day 1: 5   05-10   
42. Greg Alexander         Hebron, MD               5  05-09    0
  Day 1: 5   05-09   
42. James Gildea           Weston, MA               5  05-09    0
  Day 1: 5   05-09   
44. Jordan Bellendier      Cedar Rapids, IA         3  05-08    0
  Day 1: 3   05-08   
45. Gary Bonnet            Borden, IN               3  05-03    0
  Day 1: 3   05-03   
46. Jason Hooper           Salem, OR                4  05-02    0
  Day 1: 4   05-02   
47. Tom Jessop             Dalhart, TX              3  04-13    0
  Day 1: 3   04-13   
48. Jeff Thompson          Camby, IN                5  04-12    0
  Day 1: 5   04-12   
49. Brian Croteau          Blackstone, MA           4  04-11    0
  Day 1: 4   04-11   
50. Alfredo Kury           San Luis Potosi MEXICO   3  03-11    0
  Day 1: 3   03-11   
51. Steve Vann             Goldsboro, NC            2  03-08    0
  Day 1: 2   03-08   
52. Tim Johnston           Kalispell , MT           2  03-05    0
  Day 1: 2   03-05   
53. Johnny Johnson         Farmington, NM           3  03-03    0
  Day 1: 3   03-03   
54. Russell Phillips       Guilford, VT             3  03-01    0
  Day 1: 3   03-01   
55. Nick Wood              Yreka, CA                3  02-12    0
  Day 1: 3   02-12   
56. Justin Spraske         Ashuelot, NH             1  02-01    0
  Day 1: 1   02-01   
57. Chris Barnett          Russellville, TN         1  01-14    0
  Day 1: 1   01-14   
58. Kevin Wiggins          Las Vegas, NV            1  01-09    0
  Day 1: 1   01-09   
59. Luigi Papa             6132 ITALY               1  01-03    0
  Day 1: 1   01-03   
60. Kent Priel             No Platte, NE            1  01-00    0
  Day 1: 1   01-00   
61. Ramon Menezes          Fernao Ferro PORTUGAL    0  00-00    0
  Day 1: 0   00-00   
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Totals
Day   #Limits    #Fish      Weight
 1        41       253       436-09
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          41       253       436-09
2017 B.A.S.S. Nation Championship
10/19-10/21
Lake Hartwell, Anderson  SC.
(NON_BOATER) Standings Day 1
   Angler                   Hometown              No./lbs-oz  Pts   Total $$$
1.  Mike Powell            Midway, UT               5  14-06    0
  Day 1: 5   14-06   
2.  Mike Spurlock          Ripley, WV               5  09-05    0
  Day 1: 5   09-05   
3.  Garrett McCrackin      Jennings, OK             5  09-04    0
  Day 1: 5   09-04   
4.  Brandon Rickman        Marietta, GA             5  09-01    0
  Day 1: 5   09-01   
5.  Michael Restifo        Hoover, AL               4  08-11    0
  Day 1: 4   08-11   
6.  Andre Fidalgo          Parreira PORTUGAL        5  08-07    0
  Day 1: 5   08-07   
7.  Eddie Charlton         Alma, IL                 3  08-07    0
  Day 1: 3   08-07   
8.  Dylan Fryer            Hervey Bay Queensland A  5  08-01    0
  Day 1: 5   08-01   
8.  Chris Simons           Cromwell, CT             5  08-01    0
  Day 1: 5   08-01   
10. Steve Sage             Brownville, TN           5  07-15    0
  Day 1: 5   07-15   
11. Brian Velasquez        Yuma, AZ                 5  07-14    0
  Day 1: 5   07-14   
12. John Ryan              Troy, MI                 4  07-13    0
  Day 1: 4   07-13   
13. Allan Ross-Watt        Cape Town SOUTH AFRICA   4  07-09    0
  Day 1: 4   07-09   
14. Damien McMahon         Pilot, VA                5  06-15    0
  Day 1: 5   06-15   
15. Gavin Fraser           Bulawayo ZIMBABWE        5  06-11    0
  Day 1: 5   06-11   
16. Jody Adkins            Navarre, OH              5  06-08    0
  Day 1: 5   06-08   
17. Stewart Weber          Louisville, KY           5  06-07    0
  Day 1: 5   06-07   
18. Steven Congdon         North Stonington, CT     4  06-00    0
  Day 1: 4   06-00   
19. Michael Liska          Espanola, NM             4  05-14    0
  Day 1: 4   05-14   
20. Austin Johnson         Noxon, MT                3  05-13    0
  Day 1: 3   05-13   
21. Brian Cogburn          Oakdale, CA              4  05-11    0
  Day 1: 4   05-11   
22. Justin Dodd            Kennewick, WA            3  05-11    0
  Day 1: 3   05-11   
23. Mark Faber             Pagosa Springs, CO       5  05-09    0
  Day 1: 5   05-09   
24. John Fisette           Bowdoinham, ME           2  05-06    0
  Day 1: 2   05-06   
25. Brad Jamieson          Bradford Ontario CANADA  5  05-05    0
  Day 1: 5   05-05   
26. Chuck Harrison         Ft Collins, CO           4  05-04    0
  Day 1: 4   05-04   
27. James Topmiller III    Orlando, FL              4  05-02    0
  Day 1: 4   05-02   
28. Kevin Simon            Reserve, LA              3  05-00    0
  Day 1: 3   05-00   
29. Artemio Campos         Nueva Rosita MEXICO      4  04-13    0
  Day 1: 4   04-13   
30. Thinus Williams        Windhoek MEXICO          3  04-13    0
  Day 1: 3   04-13   
31. Mike Rennie            Pioche, NV               5  04-12    0
  Day 1: 5   04-12   
32. Bailey Madere          Madisonville, LA         4  04-12    0
  Day 1: 4   04-12   
33. Frank Mixon            Abilene, TX              4  04-11    0
  Day 1: 4   04-11   
34. Kyle Power             Cape Fair, MO            3  04-11    0
  Day 1: 3   04-11   
35. Rob Tipton III         Williamstown, NJ         5  04-08    0
  Day 1: 5   04-08   
36. Jason Betourney        Bridgeport, VT           3  04-00    0
  Day 1: 3   04-00   
36. Brock Enmeier          Enid, OK                 3  04-00    0
  Day 1: 3   04-00   
38. Will Smith             Moncks Corner, SC        2  04-00    0
  Day 1: 2   04-00   
39. Khris Williams         Mount Holly , NC         3  03-15    0
  Day 1: 3   03-15   
40. Josh Cotier            Clinton, MA              2  03-13    0
  Day 1: 2   03-13   
41. Chad Dorney            Macungie, PA             3  03-10    0
  Day 1: 3   03-10   
42. Francesco Nucciarelli  Perugia ITALY            3  03-06    0
  Day 1: 3   03-06   
43. Logan DeGree           Redmond, OR              3  03-05    0
  Day 1: 3   03-05   
44. Brett Daniel           Lamar, AR                1  03-03    0
  Day 1: 1   03-03   
45. Jim Burrows            Nashua, NH               2  02-15    0
  Day 1: 2   02-15   
46. Liam Blake             Fairport , NY            2  02-13    0
  Day 1: 2   02-13   
47. Nathan Tumelson        Lewiston, ID             2  02-08    0
  Day 1: 2   02-08   
48. Gregory Ruff Jr        Bloomington, MN          2  02-07    0
  Day 1: 2   02-07   
49. Spencer Strope         Orchard, NE              2  02-06    0
  Day 1: 2   02-06   
50. Scott Spencer          Raleigh, NC              2  02-04    0
  Day 1: 2   02-04   
51. Grant Callaway         Bethel, DE               2  01-11    0
  Day 1: 2   01-11   
52. Kevin Mullins          Brooklyn, IN             1  01-06    0
  Day 1: 1   01-06   
53. Luke Koch              Campbellsport, WI        1  01-04    0
  Day 1: 1   01-04   
54. Brian Wilson           Bloomfield, IA           1  01-03    0
  Day 1: 1   01-03   
55. Neal Normand           Gonzales, LA             1  00-13    0
  Day 1: 1   00-13   
56. Charles Capehart       Olathe, KS               1  00-12    0
  Day 1: 1   00-12   
56. Naoyuki Kosa           Tsu Mie JAPAN            1  00-12    0
  Day 1: 1   00-12   
58. Jerry Johnson          Fremont, NE              1  00-10    0
  Day 1: 1   00-10   
59. Mark Pryal             Silver Springs, MD       0  00-00    0
  Day 1: 0   00-00   
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Totals
Day   #Limits    #Fish      Weight
 1        17       193       292-02
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          17       193       292-02

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