David Brunaugh used a homemade lure to win the
Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Weekend Series, operated by American Bass
Anglers, regional championship tournament, held Oct. 15-16, 2010, on
Lay Lake near Columbiana, Ala.
Launching out of Beeswax Creek on the 12,000-acre Coosa River
impoundment, the Carbondale, Ill., angler landed a perfect two
five-bass daily tournament limits weighing 25.96 pounds with a
3.64-pound kicker to win the Boater Division. Brunaugh jumped into the
early lead with 14.03 pounds, the largest single-day bag in the
tournament. He added 11.93 pounds the second day. With the win,
Brunaugh took home a full-rigged Triton TR186 bass boat powered by a
115-horsepower Mercury outboard and equipped with a MotorGuide
“On Day 1, I couldn’t keep the fish off the hook; I just culled
and culled and culled,” Brunaugh said. “We caught fish shallow on
ledges leading into the coves and on docks. On Day 2, I struggled. At
11 a.m., I only had three small fish. I went back to one of the coves
and caught a 4-pound spotted bass. I ended up culling all the little
ones and had a good bag. I caught my fish on a chartreuse and white
homemade vibration bait.”
Holding second throughout the event, Chad Hall of Dora, Ala., landed
10 bass going 23.36 pounds. He caught 12.76 pounds the first day and
10.60 pounds the second day.
“I fished shallow, just covering a lot of water,” Hall said. “I
caught fish on a variety of baits, mostly jig or shad-colored
swimbaits. I caught some schooling fish.”
Kevin Fant of Kirby, Ark., finished third among the 161 boaters with
10 bass at 21.25 pounds. He caught 9.88 pounds the first day and
improved to 11.37 pounds the second day.
“On the first day, I was dragging a 1/4-ounce Rat-L-Trap in less
than two feet of water,” Fant said. “I had a limit by 9:30 a.m. On
the second day, that didn’t work, so we went south to flip with
craws. I also caught some fish on a swim jig. I caught eight keepers
the first day and nine the second day.”
Dale Pelfrey of Rockwood, Tenn., also caught two five-bass daily
tournament limits going 21.18 pounds. He landed 7.70 pounds on Day 1
and added 13.48 pounds the following day. Slightly behind, Edward
Gettys, Jr. of Scottsboro, Ala., finished fifth with 10 bass weighing
21.16 pounds. He caught 10.73 pounds the first day and 10.43 pounds
the second day. Robert B. Kennedy of Nashville, Tenn., took home big
bass honors with an 8.04-pounder.
“I caught that big fish in a creek in about two feet of water 20
minutes into the first day,” Kennedy explained. “It hit a large
Zell Pop in sexy shad.”
In the Co-Angler Division, Steven Christie of Gray Court, S.C., won
with six bass for 15.64 pounds including a 4.26-pound kicker. Leading
from the first day, he landed 10.88 pounds, the largest single-day
stringer in the division. He added 4.76 pounds the following day. With
his first win after two second-place finishes.
“I did the same thing both days,” Christie said. “I used a
green pumpkin trick worm and just let it lay there about seven feet
deep on a flat or off points.”
In second, Tyler White of Hermitage, Tenn., caught two three-bass
daily division limits for 14.64 pounds. He caught 6.65 pounds the
first day and 7.99 pounds the second day.
“Both days were pretty consistent days,” White said. “On the
first day, I fished a shaky head in 20 feet of water. On the second
day, I fished a swimming jig and a topwater bait.”
Chase Williams of Conway, Ark., brought in six bass for 14.43 pounds.
He caught 8 pounds the first day and 6.43 pounds the second day.
“The first day, I had an afternoon bite,” Williams said. “They
bit early on the second day. I caught fish on a Rat-L-Trap and a
Despite motor trouble, Terry Geren of Fort Smith, Ark., finished
fourth among the non-boaters. He landed four bass for 13.56 pounds. He
anchored that bag with a 7.84-pounder, his only fish on the second
day, but it took division lunker honors. He caught 5.72 pounds the
“When the motor broke down, we went to the nearest bank and started
throwing a Carolina rig,” Geren said. “About 20 minutes later, the
big one hit a creature bait.”
Rounding out the top five non-boaters, Michael Norris of Myrtle
Beach, S.C., landed six bass going 12.81 pounds. He caught 7.09 pounds
the first day and added 5.72 pounds the final day.
The tournament pitted the best anglers and co-anglers from the
Arkansas, Tennessee Central, Kentucky, Tennessee East and South
Carolina 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.
The Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Weekend Series is sponsored by Triton
Boats, Mercury Marine, Royal Purple, ProBass Networks, BioEdge,
Rejuvenade and Carlisle Tire. For more information on this tournament,
call (888) 203-6222. On line, see www.americanbassanglers.com