Jason Kyser and Kevin Carpenter win Alabama Bass Trail Alabama River – Miller’s Ferry
AOY Leaders Canada and Hunter Runner’s Up
Camden, Ala. May 15, 2016 – There are days in life when everything looks bleak, and then there are days that seem to bring a little light into a person’s life. For the Alabama Bass Trail Southern Division team of Kevin Carpenter and Jason Kyser, the Miller’s Ferry event was one of those days.
Carpenter and Kyser managed to produce a strong limit of Alabama River largemouth bass to earn the victory, the top prize and an automatic berth into the 2016 Alabama Bass Trail Championship at Lake Eufaula in October.
All of their success came despite the fact that the pair had very limited practice time due to Kyser’s son having surgery. “We only were able to get a little time on the water because of the surgery,” they said. “We came here to fish and enjoy the day, but it worked out better than we could have ever hoped.”
The team used a combination of spinnerbaits and Flipping baits to post 19.13 pounds to earn the victory and the $10,000 winner’s purse. “We caught several fish in the morning on a white and chartreuse spinnerbait, then turned to Flippin’,” they reported. “We used black and blue jigs and Punch Hubs to flip the grass and culled a few times in the afternoon. In light of everything, it feels really good to be standing here at the end of the day knowing we won; we didn’t expect to have a day like this.”
Canada and Hunter continued the yearlong roll that has them in the Angler of the Year driver’s seat with only one event remaining on the schedule. Altogether, they have not finished worse than 13th for the season and they now have a 54 point lead in the Southern Division points standings.
The pair finished in second place at Miller’s Ferry with 18.19 pounds to earn second place for the day as well as the $5,000 prize for the position. “We never really got more than a couple miles from the takeoff here at Roland Cooper State Park,” they reported. “We went to our first and second stops and there were already boats in them so we moved to our third spot, and found them biting a swim jig in a shad spawn; we did that all day, and culled a couple of times; we’re pretty happy with the result.”
The third place team of Cory Ingram and Kenneth Moore produced 17.35 pounds of bass to earn the $4,000 prize and Kyle Welcher and Chris Haynes caught the Mountain Dew Big Bass of the tournament, a 6.27-pound bruiser that anchored their fifth place weight of 16.86 pounds; they earned $2,000 plus the $500 bonus for the Mountain Dew Big Bass.
The final event of the 2016 ABT Southern Division schedule is set for Lake Jordan in Wetumpka on June 4.
The top 10 in the standings are below – the complete standings can be found at: http://www.alabamabasstrail.org/tournament-series/ar-results/
|1||Jason Kyser/Kevin Carpenter||19.13||5.63||$10,000|
|2||Jon Canada/Bo Hunter||18.19||$5,000|
|3||Cory Ingram/Kenneth Moore||17.35||4.45||$4,000|
|4||Steven Morris/Matt Vanzant||17.07||$3,000|
|5||Kyle Welcher/Chris Haynes||16.86||6.27||$2,000|
|6||Nicholas Turner/Joe Lay||15.88||6.18||$1,000|
|7||Rex Chambers/Brent Crow||15.56||$900|
|8||Ryan Ingram/Jay Grogan||15.46||3.8||$800|
|9||Scott Luster/Jerry Cook||14.97||$700|
|10||Keith Dees/Tommy Walley||14.72||$600|
Next on the slate for the Southern Division is Neely Henry Lake in Gadsden, Ala. on May 21, 2016.
The sponsors of the 2016 Alabama Bass Trail include; Bill Penney Toyota, Phoenix Bass Boats, Garmin, Academy Sports & Outdoors, Wind Creek Hospitality – Wetumpka, Wind Creek Hospitality – Montgomery, Alabama Tourism Department, SCA Performance, Mt. Dew, Boat US, T-H Marine Supplies, AllState, TVA, Alabama Power, Fish Neely Henry Lake.com, Lew’s Fishing, Frogg Toggs, Crossed Industries, Alabama Foundation Specialist, Costa, YETI, Leer, E3 Apparel.
For information about Alabama Bass Trail and for complete tournament standings visit www.alabamabasstrail.org.