Allen reigns supreme in the south

Published 2:41 pm Friday, October 22, 2010

Randall Allen put in an impressive effort to win the Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Weekend Series, operated by American Bass Anglers, Southern Regional Championship tournament, held Oct. 16-17 on Lake Seminole Lake.

Allen of Brownsboro, Ala., landed two perfect five-bass daily tournament limits for a total of 33.74 pounds with a 5.06-pound kicker to win the Boater Division. Sitting in fifth place after Day 1 with 14.61 pounds, he brought in 19.13 pounds on the second day.

In second for the 171 boaters, Josh Guess of DeLand, Fla., landed seven bass going 26.94 pounds with one 6.06-pounder. Catching 18.89 pounds the first day, he held the lead and added 8.05 pounds the final day.

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Curtis Staley of Huntsville, Ala., took third place with seven bass weighing 24.53 pounds including a 4.52-pounder. Holding fourth after Day 1 with 16.24 pounds, he caught 8.29 pounds the second day.

Anchoring his bag with a 7-pounder, Adam Hemphill of Interlachen, Fla., placed fourth with eight bass weighing 24.07 pounds. He caught 16.97 pounds the first day, enough for third. He added 7.10 pounds the following day.

Rounding out the top five boaters, Terry Tucker of Gadsden, Ala., caught six bass for 22.23 pounds with one 5.89-pounder. He caught 11.18 pounds the first day and 11.05 pounds the second day.

Larry Giamanco of Walker, La., caught one bass, but made it count. His 7.06-pounder took tournament lunker honors.

In the Co-Anglers Division, Keith Henderson of Fort Payne, Ala., caught two three-bass daily division limits for 17.88 pounds with one 4.29-pound kicker. Holding second on Day 1 with 9.25 pounds, he landed 8.63 pounds, the largest stringer on the second day.

“I punched mats with a Beaver both days,” Henderson said. “I got five bites each day and caught three. I didn’t catch any extra fish.”

Clent Davis of Montevallo, Ala., brought in four bass weighing 12.80 pounds for second place. He anchored his stringer with a 5.45-pounder that captured division big bass honors. He caught 7.96 pounds the first day and 4.84 pounds the second day.

In third, Joe Cooper of Elba, Ala., landed four bass at 12.60 pounds. He caught one 4.47-pounder the first day and added 8.13 pounds the second day.

“I used a shaky head,” Cooper said. “We fished Spring Creek the first day and the Flint River the second day. I caught all my fish on the last day between 10 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.”

Patric Hulsey of Rockmart, Ga., landed in fourth with four bass going 10.05 pounds. He landed a 3.28-pounder on Day 1 and followed that with 6.77 pounds.

Jumping into the Day 1 co-angler lead, Jeff Prather of Orlando, Fla., anchored his three-bass bag with a 5-pounder. Blanking the second day, he finished fifth with 9.75 pounds.

The tournament pitted the best anglers and co-anglers from the Alabama North, Alabama South, Louisiana, Florida and Georgia divisions for the honor of fishing the Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Weekend Series championship tournament, presented by American Bass Anglers. The championship tournament takes place Nov. 3-6 at Lake Guntersville in Guntersville, Ala.