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Frog Carries Lowery to Victory

David Lowery of Phenix City, Ala., won the April 11 Bama Division event on Lake Martin with a 14-pound, 8-ounce limit which earned him a check for $4,300.

ALEXANDER CITY, Ala. – David Lowery of Phenix City, Alabama, weighed a five-bass limit totaling 14 pounds, 8 ounces Saturday to win the second Walmart Bass Fishing League Bama Division tournament of 2015 on Lake Martin. For his victory, Lowery earned $4,385.

“It feels great to win,” said Lowery. “It was completely unexpected. I figured I could go out there and catch 10 or 11 pounds, but ended up bringing in more.”

Lowery said he primarily targeted fish that were waiting to move into the spawning pockets and eating bream along clay shelves. For bait, he used a Rainforest-colored Spro Poppin’ Frog.

“The fish were cruising up and down those drop offs,” Lowery said. “To get them to eat the frog, they had to be traveling in groups. If it was a single fish, it would come up, look at the bait and leave. It was like they preferred to compete with one another for food.

“After I would hook one, I was able to see where they went,” Lowery continued. “I would follow them another 25 or 30 yards and was able to catch a second one.”

As he worked his way to the back of the pockets, Lowery said that he used the frog as a search bait before switching to a green pumpkin Fighting Frog from Big Bite Baits.

“They would come to the surface, look at it and bite a lot of the time,” said Lowery. “It was a great backup bait.

“I ended up catching around 14 keepers,” Lowery said. “A lot of the guys in the tournament thought the fish had already come up to spawn, and some of them have, but I think the biggest stringers are yet to come.”

The top 10 boaters:

1st:          David Lowery, Phenix City, Ala., five bass, 14-8, $4,385

2nd:         Tim Malcolm, Americus, Ga., five bass, 13-1, $2,193

3rd:          Patrick Dobbins, Opelika, Ala., five bass, 12-14, $1,463

4th:          Chad Newbolt, Opelika, Ala., five bass, 12-8, $1,023

5th:          Kenny Everette, Villa Rica, Ga., five bass, 12-6, $877

6th:          Sam Stewart, Birmingham, Ala., five bass, 12-4, $804

7th:          David Gaston, Oak Grove, Ala., five bass, 12-3, $731

8th:          Kip Carter, Social Circle, Ga., five bass, 12-1, $658

9th:          Josh Stracner, Vandiver, Ala., five bass, 11-12, $585

10th:        Jody Thaggard, Dadeville, Ala., five bass, 11-5, $512              

Complete results can be found here. 

Gaston caught the biggest bass of the tournament in the pro division, a fish weighing 5 pounds, 5 ounces, and earned the day’s Big Bass award of $620.

Miller wins co-angler title

Co-anglers Vernon Miller of Manchester, Ga., and Zack Thaggard of Dadeville, Ala., tied for the win in the April 11 Bama Division event on Lake Martin. For their catches of 10 pounds, 5 ounces they each took home over $1,600, however, Miller cashed an extra $310 for big bass.Vernon Miller of Manchester, Georgia, and Zack Thaggard of Dadeville, Alabama, both weighed five-bass limits totaling 10 pounds, 5 ounces Saturday to tie for first place and win $1,644 each in the co-angler division.

The top 10 co-anglers:

1st:          Vernon Miller, Manchester, Ga., five bass, 10-5, $1,644

1st:          Zack Thaggard, Dadeville, Ala., five bass, 10-5, $1,644

3rd:          Jonathon Cone, Pell City, Ala., five bass, 9-12, $730

4th:          Brandon Burton, Steele, Ala., five bass, 9-10, $475

4th:          Chad Fowler, LaGrange, Ga., five bass, 9-10, $475

6th:          Charlie Dick, Conyers, Ga., five bass, 9-9, $402

7th:          Wesley Rushing, Abbeville, Ala., five bass, 9-1, $365

8th:          Dennis McGouirk, Carrollton, Ga., five bass, 8-12, $310

8th:          Undre Montgomery, Atlanta, Ga., five bass, 8-12, $310

10th:        David Pollard, Carrollton, Ga., five bass, 8-10, $256

Miller also caught the biggest bass of the tournament in the co-angler division and earned the day’s Big Bass award of $310.

The top 50 boaters and 50 co-anglers based on point standings will qualify for the Oct. 8-10 Regional Championship on Lake Sinclair in Milledgeville, Georgia. Boaters will compete for a top award of a Ranger Z518C with a 200-horsepower Evinrude or Mercury outboard and $20,000, while co-anglers will fish for a new Ranger Z518C with a 200-horsepower Evinrude or Mercury outboard.

 

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