Wappapello - Chaonia Landing - 5:30-3:00
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1st place Ron & Dan Niswonger
2nd place Troy Fowler & James Lee
July 16,2017 Anglers’ Choice Bassquest Lake Level: Rising – 360.3 Water: stained surface temp: 82-90 degrees Daytime temp: Low 75 high 91 Partly Sunny light wind
Due to flooding this spring, the rescheduled May tournament for Anglers’ Choice/Bass Quest Wappapello Division took off from Chaonia Landing on Southeast Missouri’s beautiful Lake Wappapello on Sunday, July 16. Thirty-three teams participated in the event.
Due to heavy rains a few days before the event the lake was on a slow rise and the water was stained to muddy in most areas. Wappapello never seems to disappoint however, and it proved once again why it is such a popular bass tournament venue. Even when the air temps peak at over the 90-degree mark the fishing can be just as hot.
Brothers Ron and Dan Niswonger would prove that point at the end of the day with a five fish limit that weighed 18.10 pounds. “We only fished two areas all day,” said Dan Niswonger. “We caught our fish on spinnerbaits and jigs in very shallow water,” he added. “It was just one of those days when everything seemed to go the way we wanted.” The brothers took home $1810 including the cash side pot plus trophies for their effort.
Partners Troy Fowler from Fisk Missouri and James Lee of Poplar Bluff Missouri would claim second place honors by virtue of their limit of fish that weighed 15.14 pounds. “We fished in about five or six feet of water all day,” said Fowler. “We caught several keepers in the mid-lake area and got our best fish on a jig.” The second place team collected $815 plus trophies.
The father and son team of Bruce and Adam Hutson returned to the check line for the second consecutive tournament. They brought a limit of bass to the scales that initially weighed 15.77 pounds. After being assessed a one-pound penalty for a dead fish however they still would secure the third place spot with 14.77 pounds. The team took home $545 plus trophies. It should also be noted that this team and all of the Wappapello/Anglers’ Choice anglers are always cognizant of fish care and take every precaution to ensure the fish are released alive and healthy back to the lake. There are times however during the heat of summer that a fish will expire regardless of any countermeasures utilized, including an opportunity to weigh in early as was the case in this event.
Another familiar team on Wappapello, Terry Holmes and Terry Young weighed in 14.55 pounds that earned them fourth place honors. They also weighed in the big bass of the event, a beautiful 5.76-pound that earned them an additional $330 plus trophies. Their total take home came to $995 plus trophies. “We fished ledges on the edge of the channel all day,” said Young. “We fished slow and got the big fish on a jig.”
Steve Seiter and Steve Hardin would claim fifth place worth $255 for their limit of fish that weighed 14.23 pounds.