There were two major bass fishing tournaments that took place the weekend of Friday, August 10, 2012. The first was the B.A.S.S. Federation Nation's Northern Division Championship. The second was the Walmart FLW Tour's Forrest Wood Cup. Here's a quick look at some of the early results:
Mississippi River Results
The B.A.S.S. Federation Nation's Northern Division Championship took place Wednesday, August 8, 2012 through Friday, August 10, 2012 along the Mississippi River. The fishing tournament ended with precious little separating the top two anglers' scores. The big winner was Iowa angler JJ Patton. Over the course of the three day tournament, Patton managed to catch 38 pounds, 6 ounces worth of bass. His success was attributed to his knowledge of the area and his lure selection.
Indiana angler Mark Dove finished the fishing tournament in 2nd place. He caught 38 pounds worth of bass. The championship's remaining top five spots were claimed by Curt Samo (IL), Steven Houdek (IA) and Harry Heins (IA). Both Patton and Samo are expected to fish in the fall B.A.S.S. Federation Nation Championship.
Lake Lanier Results
The Walmart FLW Tour's Forrest Wood Cup kicked off at Georgia's Lake Lanier on Thursday, August 9, 2012. The weather was hot and so was the fishing. It was a trend that would continue throughout the duration of the tournament.
Indiana pro angler Jacob Wheeler took an early lead. He managed to catch 21 pounds, 15 ounces worth of bass on Thursday. He scored big again on Friday and Saturday. By Sunday afternoon, Wheeler proved to be invincible. He won the bass fishing tournament after catching a grand total of 60 pounds, 1 ounce worth of bass. The tournament's remaining top five pro spots were claimed by anglers Scott Canterbury (AL), Bryan Thrift (NC), Scott Martin (FL) and David Dudley (VA).
In the Co-Angler Division, Nick Hensley of Cumming, Georgia, also started out strong on Thursday. He managed to catch 12 pounds, 2 ounces worth of bass. Unfortunately for Hensley, his time on the water Friday wasn't nearly as productive. He didn't fare so well on Saturday either.
On Saturday, co-angler Timothy Dearing of Loudon, Tennessee, took the lead from Hensley and didn't let it go. Dearing won the Co-Angler Division's top spot after catching 22 pounds, 13 ounces worth of bass. The division's remaining top five spots were awarded to anglers Josh Smith (OH), Rich Dalbey (TX), Matt Krekovich (IL) and Bryan New (NC).
Killeen Gonzalez enjoys fishing with her family. She has also traveled extensively.
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