Author Archives: Dennis Sherer

Thornton, Ross Win Mobile-Tensaw River Delta Event

BAY MINETTE, AL — Matt Thornton and Adam Ross rode a rollercoaster of emotion Saturday en route to victory in the inaugural tournament for the Alabama Bass Trail Tournament Series’ South Division. The tournament was held out of the newly … Continue reading

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2014 Lewis Smith Lake Championship Tournament Recap

Daniel and Flack win Inaugural Alabama Bass Trail Championship by Dan O’Sullivan Jasper, Ala. – October 11, 2014 – A little more than a year ago, when the Alabama Bass Trail Tournament Series was announced, anglers from Alabama and the … Continue reading

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2014 Lewis Smith Lake Championship Tournament Feature Story

ABT Championship Preview by Dan O’Sullivan We’re less than a month away from the first Alabama Bass Trail Championship event on Lewis Smith Lake, outside Jasper and Cullman, Ala.  Smith Lake as it is known locally, is a unique fishery … Continue reading

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2014 Lay Lake Tournament Recap

Carden, Rutland win Lay Lake tournament COLUMBIANA — When Coby Carden and Chris Rutland’s fishing plans turned to lemons Saturday, June 7, they made lemonade as they won the Alabama Bass Trail South Division Tournament on Lay Lake. Carden of … Continue reading

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2014 Lay Lake Tournament Feature Story

Anglers expecting big bags at Lay Lake Wayne Miller and teammate Rick Haynie know they will have to swing for the fences at Lay Lake if they want to hold onto their anglers of the year points lead. Miller said … Continue reading

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2014 Alabama River Tournament Recap

Baltzell, Mann win on Alabama River CAMDEN, Ala. — Winning a bass tournament is always a thrill, especially when its one of the largest in the state and on your home lake, like the one Jeremy Baltzell and Joey Mann … Continue reading

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2014 Lake Jordan Tournament Recap

Wallace, Smith win on Lake Jordan No one would blame Mark Wallace and Aaron Smith if they do a little bragging to their fishing buddies and at tackle shops around Lake Jordan. Wallace and Smith won the Alabama Bass Trail Tournament Series South Division tournament … Continue reading

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2014 Lake Jordan Tournament Feature Story

Lake Jordan weights could be impressive Ben Weldon and other anglers fishing in the Alabama Bass Trail Tournament Series South Division Tournament on Lake Jordan are big fans of April showers. “Jordan is best when there’s a lot of current,” … Continue reading

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2014 Lake Eufaula Tournament Recap

Caylor, Hayes in Lake Eufaula tournament EUFAULA, Ala — David Caylor and Allen Hayes can think of at least 10,000 reasons to use jigs made by Hayes the next time they go fishing. Caylor and Hayes earned $10,000 Saturday for winning the Alabama Bass Trail Tournament Series South Division event on Lake Eufaula with five bass that weighed 25.19 pounds.Among the baits they used to catch their fish were black and blue jigs Hayes made at home. Their catch was anchored by a 6.12 pounds largemouth. Caylor is from New Brockton and Hayes is from Pell City. The father and son team of Paul and Jeff Aul finished second with 24.58 pounds. Luke Kyle and Arch Cornett were third with 24.58 pounds. Caylor said he and Hayes fished in deeper water than other anglers who fished the area where they caught their fish. “There were a lot of people fishing around us, but their boats were one top of the fish,” Caylor said. “When these bass in Eufaula start getting a lot of pressure, they will pull out into deeper water. They will still bite, but you have to fish a little deeper to catch them.” Hayes said he and Caylor were not the only anglers throwing homemade jigs. “One of the fish we caught, had another homemade jig in its mouth. Someone else had hooked it, but it broke them off,” Hayes said. He declined to reveal specifics about the jigs he makes, but did say they have helped him win at least 15 tournaments. Jeff Aul said he and his father caught most of their fish using white StrikeKing spinnerbaits around wooden cover. “We fished blowdowns and some brush piles,” Jeff Aul said. “They were all holding right up next to the wood..” Kyle said most of the bass he and Cornett caught came from offshore staging areas. “We started out shallow and caught mostly smaller fish, then moved out a little deeper and started catching bigger fish that were staged away from the shore getting ready to move up on the bank to spawn,” Kyle said. “We ended up culling all the fish we had caught shallow except one.” Ronnie Ray and Alton Stillwell finished in fourth place with 24.16 pounds. Ray said they caught their fish in water 8 feet to 12 feet deep on the south end of the lake. Scott Montgomery and Lester Bratcher finished fifth with 23.46 pounds. Rounding out the top 10 were Ralph Moseley and Terry Stevens with 23.39 pounds, Jonathan Perritt and Jason Krasnosky with 21.74 pounds, Ronnie Mask and Jimmy Harrison with 21.43 pounds and Shaye Baker and Ben Weldon with 20.33 pounds. Bill Pool and Zach Ranew had big fish, an 8.43 pounds largemouth. The next tournament for the South Division is April 19 on Lake Jordan in Wetumpka. The next tournament for the North Division is March 22 on Pickwick Lake in Florence.

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2014 Lake Eufaula Tournament Feature Story

Anglers competing in the Alabama Bass Trail Tournament Series’ South Division are keeping a close watch on weather forecasts for Eufaula, looking for signs of an early spring. The team tournament series visits Lake Eufaula March 15. The purse is … Continue reading

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