UPCOMING EVENT: TOYOTA SERIES - 2020 - Lake Dardanelle

Salzman Cracks 31 Pounds on Guntersville

Salzman Cracks 31 Pounds on Guntersville
Ryan Salzman of Huntsville, Ala., won the April 18 Choo Choo Division event on Lake Guntersville with a massive 31-pound, 15-ounce limit to claim a $4,900 check.

GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. – Ryan Salzman of Huntsville, Alabama, weighed a five-bass limit totaling 31 pounds, 15 ounces Saturday to win the third Walmart Bass Fishing League Choo Choo Division tournament of 2015 on Lake Guntersville. For his victory, Salzman earned $4,948.

“I feel blessed,” said Salzman. “I never fish my two best spots during a tournament but I did on Saturday because I figured I’d need all the weight I can get.”

In order to catch his winning stringer, Salzman said he focused on mid-lake shell beds and stumps.

“Ten minutes into the day I caught a 7-pound fish,” said Salzman. “About 15 minutes later I netted another 7-pounder and from there we went to work.

“Around 9 a.m. I went to another spot and fired up a school and got them eating. At that point my co-angler and I were both doing well,” said Salzman.

The Alabama angler said he caught the majority of his fish on a R2-D2-colored True Bass Little Head 4.5 swimbait in 8 to 10 feet of water.

“Around 2 p.m. I stopped at a spot I found in practice and culled out a 4½-pounder with a 6-pounder,” Salzman said. “I knew then that I had a chance at a top-three finish.”

Salzman said he caught around 20 fish during the tournament. 

“I was nervous about weigh-in because I knew someone else would be catching 30 pounds. The big ones were biting,” Salzman said. “I don’t think I would’ve won if I hadn’t culled at that final spot.”

The top 10 boaters:

1st:          Ryan Salzman, Huntsville, Ala., five bass, 31-15, $4,948

2nd:         Benjie Allen, Scottsboro, Ala., five bass, 31-6, $2,474

3rd:          Wayne Boyd, Rome, Ga., five bass, 22-3, $1,649

4th:          David Allen, Florence, Ala., five bass, 21-7, $1,155

5th:          Shane Moss, Jasper, Tenn., five bass, 21-5, $990

6th:          Freddy Palmer, Estill Springs, Tenn., five bass, 21-0, $907

7th:          Josh Butler, Huntsville, Ala., five bass, 20-12, $783

7th:          Wayne Christopher, Huntsville, Ala., five bass, 20-12, $783

9th:          Tyler Kiker, Alexandria, Ala., five bass, 20-9, $660

10th:        Brian Horton, Fort Payne, Ala., five bass, 18-13, $548

10th:        Cole Wade, Scottsboro, Ala., five bass, 18-13, $548

Complete results can be found here.  

Allen caught the biggest bass of the tournament in the pro division, a fish weighing 7 pounds, 15 ounces and earned the day’s Big Bass award of $755.

Miller wins co-angler title

Co-angler Randy Miller of Huntsville, Ala., won the April 18 Choo Choo Division event on Lake Guntersville with a 17-pound, 15-ounce limit which earned him a $2,400 check.Randy Miller of Huntsville, Alabama, weighed in a five-bass limit totaling 17 pounds, 15 ounces Saturday to win $2,474 in the co-angler division.

The top 10 co-anglers:

1st:          Randy Miller, Huntsville, Ala., five bass, 17-15, $2,474

2nd:         Marcus Corbett, Heflin, Ala., five bass, 17-3, $1,237

3rd:          Daniel McGhee, Cumming, Ga., five bass, 16-13, $824

4th:          Wesley Smith, Vinemont, Ala., five bass, 16-5, $577

5th:          Craig Pletcher, Ringgold, Ga., five bass, 15-13, $495

6th:          Devereaux Adams, Powder Springs, Ga., five bass, 15-12, $454

7th:          Allan Garner, Estill Springs, Tenn., five bass, 15-9, $391

7th:          Jerry Nydam, Arab, Ala., five bass, 15-9, $391

9th:          Jody Evans, Toney, Ala., five bass, 15-7, $330

10th:        Devin O'Dell, Trenton, Ga., five bass, 15-5, $289

Garner caught the biggest bass of the tournament in the co-angler division and earned the day’s Big Bass award of $377.

The top 50 boaters and 50 co-anglers based on point standings will qualify for the Oct. 22-24 Regional Championship on Neely Henry Lake in Gadsden, Alabama. 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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