Twenty American Bass Anglers met Saturday, June 15, at Stockton Lake RB Cove Ramp. A storm blew through bringing rain as well as some thunder and lightning. The storm did not last long enough to delay fishing time as anglers oozed off at about 6 a.m. following a safety briefing and partner draw. It continued to rain a short time, but most of the day was overcast. With the water level being 18 feet high, most of the fishing was done in flooded trees, bushes and picnic tables.
Scott Miles won the tournament with a five-fish limit weighing 10.94 pounds and took $543 for the win. Second place went to David Hughes with 10.18 pounds; third place was Scott Tassi with 9.17. Greg Miller caught the big bass, a 3.22-pound largemouth which paid him $200.
This was the final one-day tournament for the D126 2019 season. The next D126 tournament will be the two-day championship scheduled for Saturday-Sunday, Aug. 3-4. Anglers must qualify for the two-day by fishing at least four one-day tournaments. The D126 Angler of the Year will be determined at the two-day event and will be invited to compete at the ABA National Championship, Oct. 13-15, on Eufaula Lake, Alabama. The winner of the national championship and the Angler of the Year finishing highest will each win a fully-rigged Triton Boat package.
D126 is a national draw circuit designed for the week-end angler. Boaters and non-boaters from age 14 are encouraged to compete. The 2020 season begins in the fall of 2019. A schedule will be posted on websites and newspapers.
ABA membership is $35 per year; entry fee is $70 with a $10 Big Bass option pot. Read more about American Bass Anglers at www.americanbassanglers.com. For more information, call (316) 644-1454.