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Home Bass-Jons Tournament Results 2011 Western Branch - 9/3/2011

Western Branch - 9/3/2011


Bass-Jons has a very full September schedule, with three events taking place in the month.  The first event of September landed the club at Western Branch, where the rains of hurricane Irene had the lake at full pool, while the cooler weather over the preceding week lowered the water temperatures into the high 70's.  Tournament results in the late summer had shown that Western Branch had been tough, so club members were hoping that the condition changes would improve the fishing.  Unfortunately, the fishing was very tough, with many anglers failing to catch a limit.  Everyone managed to catch some fish, but many anglers brought in some of the smallest fish ever brought to the scales at a Bass-Jons tournament.  Despite the tough conditions, a few good fish were caught, including Mike Howie's tournament big fish at 5 lbs 2 oz, which barely edged out eventual winner Mike Peregrine's 5 lb fish. 

As the season begins to draw to a close, it is critical for anglers vying for Angler of the Year to finish strong and replace lower finishes with higher points totals.  Mike Peregrine managed to do this by bringing home a 4-fish bag weighing in at 10 lbs 12 oz.  Second place went to Joe Huggins and Josh Huggins at 9 lbs 6 oz, while third went to another AOY contender, Luther Showaker at 7 lbs 6 oz.  With this victory, Mike Peregrine recaptured the Angler of the Year lead from Rick Burton, although Mike only leads by one point.  Not far behind is Luther Showaker, who is within striking distance only 9 points behind the lead.  Dave Evans moved ahead in the Co-Angler of the Year race with his high finish at Western Branch.  All anglers at the top have 10 tournaments under their belt, so points will be at a premium with only three events to go.  The lead has changed hands a number of times throughout the season, and it is shaping up to be an epic battle as the season builds to its conclusion in October. 

The next event is at Lake Smith on September 17th.  AOY contender Rick Burton and partner Cole Barnette pulled out an impressive win with 19 lbs 6 oz the last time the club fished at Lake Smith, so Rick is sure to be the favorite when the club makes its second stop in Virginia Beach.  That event is immediately followed by a make-up date at Lake Prince on September 24th, and the season will close out at the Northwest River on October 1st.  After that, the classic is coming up October 15th, so those who have yet to fish 8 tournaments need to do so to qualify before the end of the season. 

Place Angler1 Angler2 NumberOfFish BigFish Total
1Mike Peregrine45 lbs 0 oz10 lbs 12 oz
2Joe HugginsJosh Huggins54 lbs 8 oz9 lbs 6 oz
3Luther Showaker43 lbs 2 oz7 lbs 6 oz
4Rick CornettMike Howie45 lbs 2 oz6 lbs 6 oz
5Mike SchneiderDave Evans53 lbs 14 oz4 lbs 4 oz
6Dan GriffinJosh Adkisson51 lbs 14 oz2 lbs 12 oz
7Larry King30 lbs 0 oz2 lbs 6 oz
8Roccoa SpurlinGreg Thompson10 lbs 0 oz2 lbs 4 oz
9Huck PalmatierWill Sparrow30 lbs 0 oz1 lbs 6 oz
10Bob BullenRob Cross10 lbs 0 oz1 lbs 0 oz
11Rick BurtonMarion Martin20 lbs 0 oz1 lbs 0 oz
12Mike KaneNancy Fox20 lbs 0 oz0 lbs 6 oz