Justin Angel, Willard, won the American Bass Anglers D126 qualifying tournament held on Stockton Lake March 17, 2013. Angel weighed in a 5-fish limit that went 15.38 lbs on the scales. Second place sent to Scott Tassi, Arma, KS with a limit that weighed 13.16 lbs. 3rd place was Jay Carter with 11.95 lbs. Carl Cox of Aldrich brought in Big Bass, a 7.01 lb largemouth. All anglers reported catching fish on a jerk-bait.
Weather was a major consideration. Pre-dawn conditions included rain, heavy at times, gusty wind out of the north/northeast, and very cool temperatures. There was also thunder and lightning. The rain let up, but lingered in some form the entire day. The wind velocity also let up, but the temperatures held close to 40 ̊ all day. All of these conditions made for some difficult fishing conditions.
Anglers compete for cash, prizes and points which qualify them to fish a 2-day Championship on Stockton in July 2013 and a National Championship on Clarks Hill Lake in Georgia Oct. 23-25.
There will be three more 1-day tournaments and a 2-day Championship held on Stockton Lake. The best four 1-day tournament points and the 2-day points determine year-end point totals for the D126 Angler of the Year award. Right now, there is a 3-way race for the AOY with only two points separating Eric Craft, Carl Cox and Justin Angel.
The next D126 tournament is scheduled for April 21, launching from Hawker Point Boat Ramp. Anglers are encouraged to use our many great local sponsors when they look for services and supplies. Check out the tackle at Antler’s Ridge in Lamar; buy your fuel at a Pete’s convenience stores. When you need a place to stay, call Jim at the Happy O’s Sportsman’s Resort at 417 955-2683. Listen to 107.7 AM while you are in the area and pick up a copy of the El Dorado Springs Sun or the Cedar County Republican.
The D126 schedule is posted at www.centralmidwestbass.com. You can also view full results with pictures of this and other tournaments. Read more about American Bass Anglers at www.americanbassanglers.com. Call Becky with any questions at 620/421-2935.
ABA is designed for the week-end angler and is open to boaters and non-boaters. It is a draw format with partner pairing taking place the morning of each tournament. Anglers from age 14 can enter these tournaments.