For Immediate Release
Jonathon Canada and Bo Hunter Win Alabama Bass Trail Logan Martin Event
Last Minute Cull Helps Pair Earn $10,000 Prize
PELL CITY, Ala. – May 9, 2015 – After fishing for a complete day of competition, many anglers tend to lose focus at the last minute. However, winning anglers know that every cast matters and even the last minute ones can make worlds of difference.
Such was the case for Jonathon Canada and Bo Hunter, the winning team at the fourth stop on the Alabama Bass Trail’s 2015 schedule at Logan Martin Lake in Pell City, Ala. Having spent their entire fishing day more than twenty minutes from the takeoff site, the pair decided the day was over, and while Canada was stowing rods for the rough ride back, Hunter caught one final fish that added a pound a half to their total weight; the result was an 18.61-pound limit that was good for a $10,000payday.
“We had thirty to forty rods on the deck between us fishing the current,” said Canada. “We kept rotating between crankbaits, swimbaits, jigs and Shaky Heads in order to make the fish bite. You kind of have to wait them out and then capitalize when they start biting; and it just worked for us today.”
The pair said that they were able to get enough bites to maximize what they had been catching during practice. “This is certainly better than we had been averaging during practice,” they said. “We had been averaging 15 to 16 pounds a day, and to catch what we did today is making the best of our opportunities; it feels really good to win like this.”
Second place anglers Michael Stevens Jr. and Paul Arnold also maximized what they had located in practice. “We caught one four-pound fish for our whole practice,” they reported. “We decided to go into one area and stay in there and try to make it work.”
That they did, the reported using two lures to produce their 16.62-pound limit. “We caught them on a jig early,” said Stevens and Arnold. “But we culled all of them out with a Shaky Head as the day wore on. We didn’t expect to have this kind of day, so this is a real win in our books.” The pair earned $5,000 for their finish.
The team of Eddie Jewell and Bobby Simmons earned $4,000 for third place with a 16.38-pound-limit and the Diet Mountain Dew Big Bass of the tournament was a 6.13-pound largemouth caught by Billy Sharp and Kevin Stubblefield; the fish anchored their 13.40-pound limit and earned them an additional $500 on top of their 25th place finish payday.
The top 10 in the standings were as follows below. For complete standings visit the results page at http://www.alabamabasstrail.org/tournament-series/lml-results/
The sponsors of the 2015 Alabama Bass Trail include: Bill Penney Toyota, the Alabama Tourism Department, Phoenix Bass Boats, Inc., Garmin, Academy Sports & Outdoors, T-H Marine Supplies, Inc., Hydrowave, Alabama Power Company, Buffalo Rock, Inc., Jet-Pep, Inc., Tennessee Valley Authority, and Frogg Toggs, Inc., HydroWaveTM, Alabama Foundation Specialist, Boat U.S., LEER, Vicious Fishing, E3 Sports, Inc., Costa Del Mar, Frogg Toggs, Inc., Power-Pole, Window World and Yeti Coolers.
|1||Jonathan Canada/Bo Hunter||5/0||18.61||0.00||0.00||225||10000|
|2||Michael Stevens Jr/Paul Arnold||5/0||16.62||0.00||0.00||224||5000|
|3||Eddie Jewell/Bobby Simmons||5/0||16.38||0.00||3.91||223||4000|
|4||Josh Butler/Jeb Tate||5/0||16.33||0.00||0.00||222||3000|
|5||Jarrid Traylor/Jon-Caleb Wright||5/0||16.14||0.00||0.00||221||2000|
|6||Jimmy Mason/Lance Walker||5/0||15.88||0.00||0.00||220||1000|
|7||Clay Madison/Kyle Patterson||5/0||15.85||0.00||0.00||219||900|
|8||Mike Dutton/Lee Humphrey||5/0||15.79||0.00||3.69||218||800|
|9||Benjie Seaborn/Johnathon Seaborn||5/0||15.64||0.00||0.00||217||700|
|10||Greg Tucker/Dillon Tucker||5/1||15.63||1.00||0.00||216||600|