Weaver Wins Bass Fishing League Tournament on Pickwick LakeWeaver Wins Bass Fishing League Tournament on Pickwick Lake Austin Weaver won the FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Mississippi Division tournament on Pickwick Lake
IUKA, Miss. (April 10, 2017) – Boater Austin Weaver of Sheffield, Alabama, weighed a five-bass limit totaling 20 pounds, 5 ounces, Saturday to win the FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Mississippi Division tournament on Pickwick Lake. Weaver took home $5,197 for his victory.
“We had a nearly two-hour fog delay that almost messed everything up for me,” said Weaver, who earned his first career victory in FLW competition. “I had an area up river that was a long run – 78 miles round trip. I knew that it was going to take me an hour and a half to get up there and back, so with the added fog delay I was only going to have 3 to 4 hours of fishing time.
“I have a lot of trust in my Triton boat and Mercury outboard and I knew that getting there and back in time wasn’t going to be the gamble, but whether or not the fish were still there,” Weaver continued. “I had found this spot last weekend and my best five weighed more than 26 pounds. I didn’t want anyone else to find it, so I didn’t practice all week because I didn’t want anyone to see me there. I knew that if they were still there and biting, I would win. They were.”
Weaver described his area as a big flat that had a ditch running through it. On top of the flat it was 5 to 6 feet deep, but it dropped to 8 to 9 feet in the ditch. Weaver said that he focused on the ditch and caught his winning limit with a green-pumpkin-colored Johnson Lures shaky-head rig with both a Zoom Trick Worm and a Zoom Finesse Worm.
“I put seven keepers in the boat,” Weaver said. “It was fun to do well on my home lake.”
The top 10 boaters finished the tournament in:
1st: Austin Weaver, Sheffield, Ala., five bass, 20-5, $5,197
2nd: James Byrd, Florence, Ala., five bass, 19-1, $2,598
3rd: Heath Gilmore, Meridian, Miss., five bass, 17-12, $1,933
4th: Christopher Whitehead, Tupelo, Miss., five bass, 15-11, $1,313
5th: Mitch Crane, Columbus, Miss., five bass, 14-7, $1,039
6th: Teddy Cranford, Seminary, Miss., five bass, 14-3, $953
7th: John Bailey, Terry, Miss., five bass, 13-14, $866
8th: Brandon Perkins, Counce, Tenn., five bass, 13-9, $780
9th: Chris Quaintance, Muscle Shoals, Ala., five bass, 13-8, $693
10th: Jade Keeton, Florence, Ala., five bass, 13-3, $606
Jason Hannah of Forest, Mississippi, caught a 7-pound, 12-ounce bass, which was the heaviest of the tournament in the Boater Division. The catch earned him the day’s Boater Big Bass award of $810. Marty Wray of New Albany, Mississippi, weighed in five bass totaling 14 pounds, 1 ounce Saturday to win the Co-angler Division and the top prize of $2,528.
The top 10 co-anglers were:
1st: Marty Wray, New Albany, Miss., five bass, 14-1, $2,528
2nd: Daniel Corkern, Florence, Miss., five bass, 13-12, $1,264
3rd: Weston Smedley, Birmingham, Ala., five bass, 12-14, $845
4th: Ryan Lecompte, Picayune, Miss., four bass, 12-10, $1,180
5th: Curtis Powell, Brandon, Miss., five bass, 12-3, $506
6th: Jeff Carter, Pontotoc, Miss., four bass, 11-14, $464
7th: Benny Brown, Corinth, Miss., five bass, 11-11, $471
8th: Brian Dodd, Florence, Ala., five bass, 11-10, $379
9th: Jason Mitchell, Hamilton, Miss., five bass, 11-8, $337
10th: Daniel Stover, Hernando, Miss., five bass, 11-5, $295
Lecompte weighed a 5-pound, 6-ounce bass which earned him the day’s Co-angler Big Bass award and $390.
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