Tournament Fishing

Tournament News | Canterbury Wins Everstart Series

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Talk pro Scott Canterbury of Springville, Ala., weighed a five-bass

limit totaling 14 pounds, 5 ounces Saturday to lead wire-to-wire and win

the EverStart Series Southeast Division event on Lake Eufaula with a

three-day total of 15 bass weighing 55 pounds, 15 ounces. For his

victory, Canterbury earned $34,090 and a 198VX Ranger boat with a

200-horsepower Evinrude or Mercury outboard motor.

“Today I was still debating about where I was going to fish and where I

was going to run,†said Canterbury, who locked through to Lake Seminole

to fish hydrilla the first two days of competition. “I ran down the

lake about 15 minutes and pulled over at a place where the shad were

spawning and I caught a limit in about 20 minutes. It just settled me

down from there. A little while later I was able to catch two pretty

good fish off of the bed sight fishing and then I caught a big one a

little bit later casting a worm out deep.â€

Canterbury said he used a square-billed crankbait while fishing the

shad spawn and a Jackall Sasuteki Craw while sight fishing. He said he

also employed a 10-inch Berkley Power Worm during the course of the

tournament. Canterbury credited Typhoon polarized optics for helping him

see the bedding fish.

“I didn’t (lock) today because I had a 10-pound lead going into it, and

the biggest bags that had been weighed in were about 17 pounds,â€

Canterbury said. “I figured I could catch 10 (pounds) and they’d have to

catch 20 (pounds), and I ended up catching a little over 14. So I

thought somebody would have to have 25 to win. At 11 o’clock I sort of

knew it. I didn’t know for sure, but I had a feeling it was over.â€

Rounding out the top 10 pros were:

                          2nd:     Ryan Ingram, Phenix City, Ala., 15 bass, 44-6, $11,688

                          3rd:       Clent Davis, Montevallo, Ala., 15 bass, 37-8, $9,740

                          4th:       Straight Talk pro J.T. Kenney, Palm Bay, Fla., 15 bass, 36-5, $8,766

                          5th:       Clayton Batts, Macon, Ga., 12 bass, 33-7, $7,792

                          6th:       Monte Knight, Quitman, Miss., 15 bass, 31-13, $6,818

                          7th:       Joseph Kremer, Osteen, Fla., 13 bass, 31-8, $5,844

                          8th:       Troy Gibson, Eufaula, Ala., 14 bass, 31-4, $4,870

                          9th:       Jason Lambert, Pickwick Dam, Tenn., 12 bass, 29-5, $3,896

                          10th:   Curt McGuire, Paris, Tenn., 13 bass, 28-3, $2,922

Drew Benton of Panama City, Fla.,caught the biggest bass of the

tournament in the Pro Division Friday – a 6-pound, 15-ounce bass – that

earned him the day’s EverStart Series Big Bass award of

$288.                              

Aaron Richardsonof Destin, Fla., won the Co-angler Division and a

Ranger boat with an Evinrude or Mercury outboard motor with a three-day

total of 11 bass weighing 20 pound, 3 ounces.

 Rounding out the top 10 co-anglers were:

                          2nd:     Richard Peek, Centre, Ala., 10 bass, 20-2, $4,409

                          3rd:       Trathen Dollar, West Jefferson, N.C., nine bass, 20-0, $3,919

                          4th:       James Richardson Sr., Harrison, Ohio, eight bass, 17-11, $3,429

                          5th:       Blaine Bucy, Follansbee, W.V., nine bass, 16-10, $2,939

                          6th:       Hale White, Thompsons Station, Tenn., six bass, 15-12, $2,449

                          7th:       Joey Aderhold, Birmingham, Ala., seven bass, 15-12, $1,959

                          8th:       Charles Stevenson, Albany, Ga., 10 bass, 15-12, $1,470

                          9th:       Jeffrey Hankins, Dothan, Ala., nine bass, 14-15, $980

                          10th:   Thomas Helton, Charleston, Tenn., six bass, 12-10, $784

Trathen caught the biggest bass of the tournament in the Co-angler

Division Thursday – a 6-pound, 10-ounce bass – that earned him the day’s

EverStart Series Big Bass award of $192.