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Locals dominated bass tourney

It was an all Decatur County finish Saturday as Frank Jordan Jr. of Bainbridge and Allen Carter of Recovery won the angler and co-angler championships of the Forest L. Woods American Series bass tournament on Lake Seminole.

It marked the first time a local angler and co-angler won both championships at the same FLW Tournament on Lake Seminole.

Jordan caught 19 pounds, 5 ounces Saturday to finish with 56 pounds, 3 ounces and earn a check for $19,119. Since the tournament is sponsored by Ranger boats, but Jordan nor Carter fished in a Ranger, so neither one won a boat.

Co-angler winner Carter, who earned a check to $7,752, also led following Friday’s weigh-in at the Earle May Boat Basin with 28 pounds, 8 ounces, He caught a five-fish limit weighing 8 pounds, 8 ounces on Saturday.

The tournament, sponsored locally by the Bainbridge-Decatur County Chamber of Commerce, featured 98 anglers, or professionals, and 92 co-anglers.

Chad Prough of Chipley, Fla., the leader after Friday’s second day of competition in the three-day tournament with 38 pounds, 1 ounce, finished fourth with 48 pounds, 4 ounces.

Angler champion Jordan was fourth going into Saturday’s final day of competition with 36 pounds, 14 ounces,

Jordan told tournament officials that his knowledge of Lake Seminole was special to him, particularly on Saturday.

“I know a lot of these guys got blown out by that hard wind today,” he said. “Because I know this lake so well, I was able to fish some key places that were out of the wind, which was a big help,”

Jordan also told tournament officials that he fished in the Flint River portion of the lake along grass lines, edges and points in six to eight feet of water.

Co-angler champion Carter, a shellcracker fishing guide on Lake Seminole, told tournament officials that he caught his fish on a wacky rigged watermelon, red-colored zoom trick worm on a 10-pound test line.

“It works anywhere anytime on the lake,” he said. “I just throw it out there and let it sink, twitch it a couple of times and let it sink again. When the line tightens up, just pull back nice and easy and you got him.”

Finishing second and third behind Jordan in the angler division were Mason Brock of Marianna, Fla., with 49 pounds, 5 ounces, and Donny Bass of Fort Myers, Fla., with 49 pounds.

Behind Prough in sixth through 10th place were Keith Pace from Monticello, Ark., with 44 pounds, 14 ounces; Chris Weber of Fort Myers Beach, Fla., with 44 pounds, 4 ounces; David Mock of Tallahassee, Fla., with 41 pounds, 3 ounces; Kevin Snider of Elizabethtown, Ky., with 39 pounds, 12 ounces, and John Bitter of Maitland, Fla., with 39 pounds, 3 ounces.

In second through fifth places behind Carter in the co-angler division were Jamie Bladow of Houston, Ala., with 34 pounds, 8 ounces; Howard Poitevint of Bainbridge with 31 pounds, 10 ounces; Lee Nunnally of Monroe, Ga., with 30 pounds, 6 ounces, and Mitch Reynolds of Petal, Miss., with 28 pounds, 13 ounces.

Taking sixth through 10th places in the co-angler division were Carrie Bronson of Polk City, Fla., with 28 pounds, 3 ounces; Steve Harwood of Weaverville, N.C., with 28 pounds, 2 ounces; Ernie Hillebrandt of Natchez, Miss., with 28 pounds, 1 ounce; George Kapiton of Inverness, Fla., with 26 pounds, 12 ounces, and Mark Svendsen of Doraville, Ga., with 25 pounds, 8 ounces.