Kris Colley didn’t want fish by himself, but when his regular tournament partner Adam Bain couldn’t make the trip to Florence, he decided to go it alone at the Alabama Bass Trail tournament on Pickwick Lake and landed 25.11 pounds of bass to win the $10,000 first place prize of which he said he was going to split with his absent partner.
“We’re a team,” Colley said. “Adam wanted to be here, but he has had a prior engagement for 3 months. He wanted to come fish half of the day but the rules wouldn’t allow it.
Colley caught his bass flipping a green pumpkin LC’s jig around wood on mud banks within a mile of the takeoff site at McFarland Park. His limit was anchored by a 6.59-pound bass.
Jamie Smith and Michael Rains finished second with 24.74 pounds while William Davis and Tim Cummings finished third with 22.42 pounds. Joey Nania and Will Butler finished fourth with 22.19 pounds while well-known guide Jimmy Mason and big fish man Lance Walker finished fifth with 5 smallmouths that weighed 21.74 pounds.
Smith and Rains caught their best fish about 5 miles from Waterloo fishing 5-inch blueback herring colored swim baits on 1/2 ounce jigheads on river ledges.
Davis and Cummings caught their fish cranking square bills on stump flats.
Nania and Butler caught their bass on swim baits and Spro Aruku Shads around the rocks near Wilson Dam.
Mason and Walker caught their bass on Booyah Spinnerbaits and Yum Money Minnows between Riverfront Park and Wilson Dam.