Jackie Flack and Craig Daniel Win Alabama Bass Trail Pickwick Lake
Charlie Cummings and Greg Pugh Claim North Division AOY
by Dan O’Sullivan
September 22, 2018 – Florence, Ala. – It is a rare occurrence for the Alabama Bass Trail to conclude its season this late in the year. However, thanks to a bevy of storm fronts that pummeled Alabama in February, the season opening event – scheduled for Pickwick Lake at Florence’s McFarland Park – was postponed to September. That event was held yesterday, and the drama was high.
Along with the individual event, there was the matter of the Anglers of the Year race to be decided; which separated first and second place by a mere three points. With Pickwick Lake having been in a state of flux, thanks to rising and falling water levels, as well as hot, summerlike conditions, things were going to be dicey.
For the individual event portion, Jackie Flack and Craig Daniels; winners of the inaugural ABT Championship in 2014, they bested the field with a total weigh of 19.89 pounds to earn the $10,000 winners’ purse, but they also earned a slew of contingency bonuses from Phoenix Boats, Garmin and others that will push their total take to over $17,000. To top it all off, they earned the automatic bid to the Championship at Neely Henry Lake in October; something they would not have done based on points.
They said it was a great day. “We really knew we had to perform – in fact – we really needed to win to make the Championship,” they said. “We threw topwater baits around grass near the Natchez Trace Bridge, and culled three times to get our weight. We didn’t think we had enough, but we sure are glad we did.” They reported throwing buzzbaits and Super Spooks all day to get their bites.
The team of Duane and Brandon Edel finished with 19.43 pounds to finish second. They said fished the same general area of the lake, but instead of focusing on the topwater approach, they turned to Punching in the grass. “We flipped a 3/4-ounce, green pumpkin Strike King jig and Rage Craw into the grass and got a bite or two every hour to get to our limit,” they said. “We only caught seven or eight keepers, but are really happy with the way things turned out.” They earned $5,000 for the day.
The Grandfather / Grandson team of Nathan and Hunter Brewer caught the Mountain Dew Big Bass of the day; a 7.04-pound largemouth, that earned them the $500 cash bonus award. The fish anchored their 16.89-pound limit that earned them a ninth place finish.
The day began with Charlie Cummings and Greg Pugh holding a three-point lead in the North Division standings over Bill Mayo and Walt Roberts. Cummings and Pugh finished the event in 13th place, and when Mayo and Roberts struggled, the AOY leaders prevailed. “This is a truly big honor and an accomplishment we will never forget,” they said. “This is very tough field, and to be standing here after this season as the top team is amazing, we are so happy with, and proud of this outcome.”
The rest of the Top 10 Standings are below, for complete standings visit: https://www.alabamabasstrail.org/tournament-series/pl-results/
|1||Craig Daniel / Jackie Flack||19.89||$10,000|
|2||Duane Edel / Brandon Edel||19.43||$5,000|
|3||Wesley Sams / Jordan Wiggins||18.87||$4,000|
|4||Brian Ingersoll / Michael Restifo||18.58||1.00||6.32||$3,000|
|5||Cody Nichols / Koby Newman||18.19||$2,000|
|6||Bradley Jones / Andy Kilgore||17.7||$1,500|
|7||Brad Shelton / Eric White||17.09||$1,100|
|8||Brett Coggins / Adam Christen||16.95||5.82||$1,100|
|9||Nathan Brewer / Hunter Brewer||16.89||1.00||7.04||$1,100|
|10||Shawn Dalrymple / Ryan Salzman||16.76||1.00||$1,100|
Northern Division Top 10 Anglers of the Year Standings – foe complete standings, visit: https://www.alabamabasstrail.org/tournament-series/north-division-standings/
|1||Charlie Cummings/Greg Pugh||1007|
|2||Bradley Jones /Andy Kilgore||990|
|3||Grant Hopson/Wes Ward||987|
|4||Cody Nichols/Koby Newman||976|
|5||Wesley Sams/Jordan Wiggins||971|
|6||Brett Coggins/Adam Christen||952|
|7||Paul Davis/Josh Chapple||939|
|8||Hunter Penney/Chris Hopper||929|
|9||Lanny Guthrie/Lee Hurley||926|
The sponsors of the 2018 Alabama Bass Trail include; Phoenix Bass Boats, Bill Penney Toyota, Garmin, Academy Sports & Outdoors, America’s First Federal Credit Union, Wind Creek Hospitality – Wetumpka, Wind Creek Hospitality – Montgomery, Alabama Tourism Department, T-H Marine Supplies, Wedowee Marine, Buffalo Rock, Jack’s, Fish Neely Henry Lake.com, Alabama Power Company, Trapper Tackle, Lew’s Fishing, AFTCO, YETI, and E3 Apparel.
For information about Alabama Bass Trail and for complete tournament standings visit www.alabamabasstrail.org.