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9-2 Kicker Leads Daughtry to Victory

9-2 Kicker Leads Daughtry to Victory
Scott Daughtry of Abbeville, Ala., weighed a five-bass limit totaling 15 pounds, 3 ounces, Saturday to win the first FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Bama Division tournament of 2016 on Lake Martin presented by Navionics. For his victory, Daughtry took home $4,866.

Scott Daughtry of Abbeville, Alabama, weighed a five-bass limit totaling 15 pounds, 3 ounces, Saturday to win the first FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Bama Division tournament of 2016 on Lake Martin presented by Navionics. For his victory, Daughtry took home $4,866.

“The win really caught my by surprise,” says Daughtry, who earned his first win in his 29th career tournament in FLW competition. “I knew that my 9-pounder was likely to win the big bass award, but I really didn’t think that I had enough weight to go with it to win. It was a very nice surprise.”

Daughtry caught his winning stringer up the Tallapoosa River, targeting clean water in the backs of pockets.

“I had found some fish on Friday in practice that I shook off to save, so I ran right back to those pockets when the tournament started,” Daughtry says. “I was fishing a jig, while my co-angler was fishing a Hematoma-colored Reaction Innovations Kinky Beaver. I couldn’t get a bite, while my co-angler caught eight keepers behind me, including a 5-pounder.

“He only had three of the Kinky Beavers, but he was kind enough to share one of them with me. It had been chewed up and was pretty mangled, but I super-glued it back together and it worked great. My co-angler ended up catching 21 or 22 bass throughout the day, while I ended up with seven. My first bite was the 9-2.”

Daughtry says that he Texas-rigged the Kinky Beaver with a 1/8-ounce weight and that the key to the presentation was fishing extremely slow.

“You really had to let the bait soak. I knew that those fish were going to be there, the key was just fishing it really slow and persistent. We ran pocket after pocket right behind other boats and were catching fish right behind them. It was a very fun day.”

The top 10 boaters:

1st:          Scott Daughtry, Abbeville, Ala., five bass, 15-3, $4,866

2nd:         David Millsaps, Ranger, Ga., five bass, 14-10, $2,136

3rd:          David Gaston, Sylacauga, Ala., five bass, 14-8, $1,424

4th:          Terry Tucker, Gadsden, Ala., five bass, 14-4, $925

4th:          Scott Hayes, Newnan, Ga., five bass, 14-4, $925

6th:          Ben Weldon, Wetumpka, Ala., five bass, 14-0, $783

7th:          Michael Luster, Prattville, Ala., five bass, 13-8, $712

8th:          Chris Baxter, Winder, Ga., five bass, 13-4, $941

9th:          Marty Giddens, Alpine, Ala., five bass, 11-11, $569

10th:        Mark Richardson, Eastanollee, Ga., five bass, 11-6, $498

Complete results can be found here.  

Daughtry’s stringer was anchored by the 9-pound, 2-ounce kicker – the biggest fish of the tournament in the pro division – and earned him the day’s Boater Big Bass award of $595.

 

Cory Johnson of Crane Hill, Ala., weighed in five bass totaling 12 pounds, 13 ounces Saturday to earn $2,136 and win the Bama Division co-angler title.

Johnson wins co-angler title

Cory Johnson of Crane Hill, Alabama, weighed in five bass totaling 12 pounds, 13 ounces Saturday to earn $2,136 and win the co-angler division.

The top 10 co-anglers:

1st:          Cory Johnson, Crane Hill, Ala., five bass, 12-13, $2,136

2nd:         Slaton Jemison, Mathews, Ala., five bass, 11-12, $1,068

3rd:          Michael Reed, Maylene, Ala., five bass, 11-5, $712

4th:          Rusty Smith, Six Mile, S.C., five bass, 11-4, $498

5th:          Randy Smith, Fayetteville, Ga., five bass, 9-14, $427

6th:          Dennis Sandoval, Decatur, Ala., five bass, 9-10, $374

6th:          Dennis McGouirk, Carrollton, Ga., five bass, 9-10, $671

8th:          Chance Hebert, Norcross, Ga., five bass, 9-9, $320

9th:          Mike Chirico, Brundidge, Ala., five bass, 9-8, $285

10th:        Ricky Parpolowicz, Decatur, Ala., five bass, 9-3, $249

McGouirk caught the biggest bass of the tournament in the co-angler division, a fish weighing 5 pounds, 2 ounces and earned the day’s Co-angler Big Bass award of $297.

The top 50 boaters and 50 co-anglers based on point standings will qualify for the Oct. 27-29 Regional Championship on Lake Hartwell in Seneca, South Carolina. 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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