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Lake Guntersville Championship
March 14th-15th 2024
Final Recap

 

COMPLETE RESULTS HERE

 

Two hundred and sixty qualified teams entered the 2024 U.S. Anglerís Choice Championship on Lake Guntersville, Scottsboro Alabama. The event was held March 14th and 15th on "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 260 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, the City of Scottsboro and Goose Pond Colony. The official lodging sites for the event was the Quality Inn. 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.

Interviews and reporting:
Logan McKenzie


2024 U.S. Angler's Choice Champions - Brad Kaser and Kyle Kaser - 44.81 lbs.

Kyle Kaser and Brad Kaser bested the field with a two day total of 44.81 lbs of Guntersville bass over two days to be crowned 2024 U.S. Angler's Choice Champions. The duo, fishing out of the Michiana division, targeted two shallow pockets in the mid lake area. They focused on very clean water. Day one brought them optimal conditions; with sunny skies, 80 degrees, and low winds. Focusing their efforts on clear spots within the shallow mixed sea of eelgrass and milfoil, they flipped their way to a tournament leading 25.56lb. Day two saw drastically changed conditions, their tactics from Day one were not working. They grinded their way up to about 16lbs and with only an hour left to fish made a key decision. They decided to go finesse and pulled out a drop shot. This allowed them to land two key fish in the final hour and cull their way up to 19.25lbs. The decision awarded them the title of National Champions and a brand new Bass Cat Pantera II with a 200hp Mercury Pro XS.


2nd Place & RecLending Big Stringer - Kristi Bennecke and Travis Alcock - 43.79 lbs.

Second place, Travis Alcock and Kristi Bennecke - They are no strangers to "The Big G." With a couple outstanding practice days, they decided to target deep fish (twenty plus feet) on the south end of the lake. With the rapid warming trend, fish were on the move. After two hours on day one with no bites, they pulled the plug and headed back up to the mid lake grass. Targeting four to eight feet of water, they scraped together 15.83lbs, leaving them in 63rd place. Day two brought new life when they weighed in the tournament's biggest bag. Alcock and Bennecke waited for the wind to start. When it did, they made the crucial move to a stretch of grass laden shoreline outside a spawning pocket. Using the Guntersville staple "moving baits," they brought the RecLending.com Big Stringer of the event to the scales, weighing 27.96 lbs launching them sixty-two spots. Their massive comeback awarded them a Bass Cat Pantera Classic with a 150HP Mercury 4 Stroke. On top of winning a boat, they also won each other; getting engaged the day before the tournament.


3rd Place Power-Pole Top Contenders - Roger Olson Jr and Jeff Farrell - 42.83 lbs

Roger Olson and Jeff Farrell also focused their efforts on the mid lake area. The team, fishing out of the Northern Wisconsin division, spent all of day one on a seventy five to one hundred yard stretch. The key spot, was in three to six feet of water and featured clear pockets inbetween areas of mixed grass. Using a bladed jig, they brought 22.58 lbs to the scales. On day two, they make a critical adaptation to continue their success. A lipless crankbait and jerkbait proved to be the ticket. After not getting bit on a color that had proved successful in practice, they made a color change and got to work. Targeting a high spot near a ditch, by a secondary point, they again brought 20.25lbs to the scales with a two day total of 42.83 lbs..


Lunker Lure Overall Big Bass - Austin Overdorf and Carl Yeagley- 9.85 lbs

Big Bass - Austin Overdorf and Carl Yeagley struck Guntersville gold on day 2. They were also in the mid lake area, focusing on a small pocket off the main lake. It featured grass and 5-6ft of water. They found the area in practice and noted catching better quality fish there. Around 10:30am on Day two, throwing an unnamed moving bait, the 9.85 lb behemoth could not resist. It proved to be the Lunker Lure big bass of the tournament.