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Lake Guntersville Classic
March 7th-8th 2019
Final Story

 

COMPLETE RESULTS HERE

 
The 2019 U.S. Anglerís Choice Championship was held March 7th & 8th on famed Guntersville Lake, Scottsboro Alabama. At full pool Lake Guntersville stretches 75 miles from Nickajack Dam to Guntersville Dam, covers 69,100 surface acres and boasts 900 miles of beautiful shoreline. This would be the stage in which 316 teams would compete, all looking for that winning pattern or area that would lend enough weight to take home one of three Bass Cat Boats rigged with Mercury Outboards.

The event was hosted by Mountain Lakes Chamber of Commerce and the City of Scottsboro Alabama. The official lodging site for the event was the Comfort Inn and Suites in Scottsboro. Scottsboro offered teams and families plenty of entertainment while not on the water and some fantastic places to dine. The people living in the Scottsboro community are some of the friendliest you will find anywhere in the country.

Teams gathered Wednesday for a first class banquet followed up with a short meeting held at the Scottsboro Goose Pond Civic Center. Southern hospitality was in full force as teams were treated to a awesome dinner catered by Western Sizlin.

Following the dinner teams were officially welcomed to the community and lake by Rick Roden and J.P. Parsons from Mountain Lakes Chamber of Commerce. Dallas Hodges of Bass Cat Boats then spoke to the anglers after which executive director Rick Byrnes started the receipt draw where thousands of dollars in prizes where awarded including a Power-Pole, Fury prop, 36v MotorGuide Trolling motor, free entries, Fitzgerald Rods, cases of oil donated by Bass Cat dealers and more. The evening was then finalized by recognizing the Fitzgerald Rods Divisional Champions and awarding two Fitzgerald rods to each team along with plaques for their accomplishments. Lastly a brief review of the water and event specific rules were covered and then teams were released to make last minute preparations.

Temperatures during practice were cool and running twenty degrees or more under seasonal averages. The cool temps were accompanied with rain and rising waters. As teams woke on the first day of competition they were greeted with clear skies and a crisp morning, with temps near freezing at take off and ending up in the fifties at weigh time. The weigh-in started at 3pm and it wouldn't take long to see why Lake Guntersville is a bass anglers must go to destination.

When the scales closed after day one the Indianapolis team of Kevin Allen & Chris Rhodes found themselves leading the way with a massive Big G bag weighing 28.86lbs. The team however struggled a bit on day two weighing 9.42lbs dropping them to twenty-first place. That day one bag however earned the team the Etic USA Big Stringer of the event worth $2,500.00.

Day two the weather although warmer, was accompanied by overcast and off and on showers throughout the day and a more steady rain near weigh in.


Kevin Reynolds & Marc Sheffer 2019 U.S. Angler's Choice Champions!

The final day weigh-in concluded minutes after the last flight checked in. The Cedar Lake Division team of Marc Sheffer and Kevin Reynolds put together two strong days and took the win and were crowned U.S. Angler's Choice Champions. The team brought heavy bags to the scales on both days. On day one they weighed in 28.48 lbs and followed it up on day two with 23.08 lbs even, giving them a two day total of 51.56 lbs and the title. The team focused their efforts on a main lake current break. The team reported fishing lipless crankbaits and chatterbaits in water depths of two to six feet. They stuck to this area for both days and all of their fish weighed came from this hundred yard stretch with the exception of one key bite on the final day which was fooled by a swim jig off a dock.

Marc and Kevin hauled home a new Bass Cat Pantera II rigged with a Mercury 200 ProXS and more cash and prizes for their win!


2nd Place Shawn Penn and Toby Corn

The second place team of Shawn Penn and Toby Corn fishing out of the Smithland Pool Division reported a poor practice but found some fish a couple days prior to the event that turned things around. The team focused their efforts in and around Town Creek on both bridges and shallow flats. The weapons of choice were swimbaits, vibrating jigs and lipless rattle baits. The team brought 24.51 lbs to the scale on day one and followed it up with one of the larger bags of the event weighing 26.66 lbs on day two. They finished just four tenths of a pound back with a total of 51.17 lbs and take home a new Bass Cat Classic rigged with a Mercury ProXS 150 for the finish.


Power-Pole Top Contenders Third place finish went to John Frugo and Eric Rasmussen

The Power-Pole Top Contenders Third place finish went to the Fox Chain team of John Frugo and Eric Rasmussen. They reported a tough practice but found one spot that seemed to be holding fish. The team focused their efforts on a main lake current break. The team reported fishing lipless crankbaits in water depths of two to six feet. They stuck to this area for both days and all of their fish weighed came from this hundred yard stretch. Sound familiar? Yep, both the first and third place catches came from this spot. The two teams worked together to protect and share the area. John and Eric weighed in 25.65 lbs on day one and followed it up with 19.04 lbs on day two giving them a two day total of 44.69 lbs. The team earned $14,400.00 for their finish.


Draw Boat Ricky Thompson and Gerald Duracz

The luckiest team at the event had to be Ricky Thompson and Gerald Duracz as they won a Bass Cat Pantera Classic with a Mercury 150 ProXS by DRAW by simply being present at the final day weigh-in, they didn't even have to catch a fish!!


Lunker Lure Classic Big Bass Greg Coleman and Travis Gillett 10.50 lbs

The Lunker Lure Classic Big Bass went to the team of Greg Coleman and Travis Gillett it weighed in at 10.50 lbs and earned the team $1,560.00 for day one Big Bass and $1,500.00 for the overall biggest. That one fish earned the team $3,060.00

If you were unable to fish last season or make it to the championship come join us in 2019! Call 618-496-3610 for a trail near you.