Chaonia Landing-6:00 to 3:00
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1st Paul & Kason Henderson
2nd Garrett Rhodes & Don McDowell
38 Teams Lake Level 360.2 Air Temp 75-90 mostly sunny Winds light NNW 5-10 Water Temp LOW 90s Water slightly stained Reported by Ron Niswonger
The July installment of the Wappapello Division of the U.S. Anglers’ Choice tournament trail was held on Saturday out of host marina Chaonia Landing. Thirty-Eight teams participated. The sultry weather pattern continued to dominate the southeast Missouri area since the previous tournament, weeks prior to this event. Daytime high temps approaching the century mark nearly every day for weeks made for very uncomfortable conditions for pre-fishing. Anglers that did venture out during the hottest days were forced to adjust to the conditions by fishing for a while and taking several breaks to cool off. As it usually happens a few teams managed to put the puzzle pieces together and make the dog days of summer work for them.
The familiar father and son team of Paul and Kason Henderson topped the field on this day with a five fish limit that tipped the scales at 20.38 Pounds. “We stayed in the mid-lake area all day and concentrated on fairly shallow water,” said Paul Henderson. “We caught fish all day, and we caught them fishing extremely slow,” he added. The duo took home $1720 plus trophies for their efforts.
Garrett Rhodes and partner Don McDowell were the second-place team, with a limit of bass that weighed 17.62 pounds. “We fished one spot all day,” Rhodes explained. “We fished eight to ten feet deep in the mid-lake area,” he added. “We were fishing really slow.” The second-place team netted $1120 plus trophies for their trouble.
Shawn Hardy and Jerry Powell took third place honors with a five fish limit that weighed 16.65 pounds. “We stayed on the big end of the lake and fished shallow all day with moving baits and jigs,” said Harty. “I know we caught over thirty keepers today,” he said. “We did run up-river around noon and got a five pounder on a jig but then we came right back down to the big water.” They took home $810 plus trophies for their effort.
Warren Manion and partner Billy Deblois came in fourth with a limit that weighed 15.39 pounds and was worth $495.
Fifth place went to Jerry Goodman and Johnny Malchert. Their limit weighed 14.36 pounds and was good for $305.
Randy Jackson and Scott Miller took sixth place with five fish that weighed 14.36 pounds and earned them $225. Just to confirm that ounces do count. The fifth and sixth place teams tied for total weight. The tie breaker being the biggest fish. Fifth place had a 4.36 pounder while the sixth-place team weighed a 4.35 pounder.
The big bass of the event went to brothers Ron and Dan Niswonger. It was fooled by an unspecified fast-moving lure and weighed 6.52 pounds. The big fish was worth $380 plus trophies.