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Lake Guntersville Classic
March 18th-19th 2021
Final Story

 

COMPLETE RESULTS HERE

 

Three hundred and five teams qualified and entered the 2021 U.S. Anglerís Choice Championship on Lake Guntersville, Scottsboro Alabama. The event was held March18th and 19th on what is known as the land of big bass and giant sacks "The Big G". Anglers utilized a seven day practice period prior to the two competition days to hone their skills and narrow their waters.

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 305 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 the Mountain Lakes Chamber of Commerce and the City of Scottsboro. The official lodging sites for the event were the Hampton Inn & Suites and the Comfort Inn & Suites. 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, true Southern hospitality.

The practice period leading up to the event had teams fishing in mild weather with an occasional shower, great pre-Spring weather. The final day of practice saw a major front move into the area, the threat of severe weather was real on this day and the night leading to competition day. We are all thankful the severe weather never did materialize. Just heavy rain and a lot of it. The rain came to an end prior to the day one launch. Day one did however see winds exceeding the forecast of ten to fifteen gusting to twenty. It was very windy by late morning further complicating the post frontal bite and muddy waters created by the day prior deluge but this is Lake Guntersville and these are Angler's Choice Sticks.

When the scales closed after day one, the Lake Shelbyville team of Greg Coleman and Travis Gillett found themselves leading the event with five fish weighing 25.50lbs with several nipping at their heels.

Day two the weather would be much more cooperative. The winds laid down and the water started to stabilize.


Adam Eggertsen & Dan Shoraga 2021 U.S. Angler's Choice Champions!

The final day weigh-in concluded minutes after the last flight checked in and The Lake Egypt Division team of Adam Eggertsen and  Dan Shoraga would show that you're never out of contention on Lake Guntersville. The team brought a massive 29.09lb bag to the scales anchored with an 8.80lb Big G grown one. The bag vaulted them from fifty-sixth place to be crowned U.S. Angler's Choice Champions.

The team focused their efforts on the back of a single pocket. The team reported fishing Bluegill colored swim jigs and flipping a pitt boss around cover in water depths of two to three feet. Day one had the area muddy but they stuck with it on day two, there was a clear inflow. The team had twenty-five plus in the boat by 9am. They won a new Bass Cat Pantera II with a Mercury 200 ProXS plus cash and prizes.

The team reported a good week of practice but felt strongly about this one area. That feeling paid off, the team is sponsored by Just Add Water Bait & Tackle.


2nd Place Greg Coleman & Travis Gillett

The second place team of Greg Coleman and Travis Gillett fishing out of the Shelbyville Lake Division reported a fair practice, the team each used their own boats to cover more water. Due to the major influx of water they selected a somewhat protected area in a creek arm to focus their efforts on. On day one they utilized Traps in five to seven feet of water and a green pumpkin chatterbait in three to five feet of water. Day two had their area muddier unlike the first place team. They had to adjust and flipped and punched grass in the area. They ended the event with 42.88lbs less than one pound from taking the win. The team won a new Bass Cat Pantera Classic with a 150HP 4S plus cash and prizes.

The team is sponsored by their wives, Skeeter Boats, Yamaha, Ranger Boats and Mercury Marine.


Power-Pole Top Contenders Third place finish went to Beau Govreau and Brett Govreau

The Power-Pole Top Contenders Third place finish went to the Lake of the Ozarks team of Beau Govreau and Brett Govreau. They reported a tough practice but did find fish both shallow and deep. They went to their shallow area on day one and spent a couple hours with only a few small keepers. They then went to their deep fish and stayed on them for the rest of the event. They were fishing water twenty-five to thirty feet on unnamed baits. The team is sponsored by Caymas Boats.


Draw Boat Chris Lins and Jeremy Lins

With U.S. Angler's Choice you can have a rough tournament and still go home a huge winner! Chris Lins and Jeremy Lins did just that as they won a Bass Cat Pantera Classic with a Mercury 150HP 4S by DRAW by simply being present at the final day weigh-in.


Lunker Lure Classic Big Bass Dan Shoraga and Adam Eggertsen 8.80 lbs

The Lunker Lure Classic Big Bass went to the team of Dan Shoraga and Adam Eggertsen it weighed in at 8.80 lbs and earned the team $1,524.00 for day two Big Bass and $1,500.00 for the overall biggest. That one fish earned the team $3,024.00

If you were unable to fish last season or make it to the championship come join us in 2021! Call 618-521-2255 for a trail near you.