USA BASSIN Nitro Classic

May 10, 2013

The USA Bassin Nitro Classic wrapped up what was an exciting Championship Week on Kentucky Lake. Each of our year end championships proved that Kentucky Lake is one of the best bass fisheries in the country with multiple big bass and monster bags of fish weighed in. National Director Kevin Yeary was amazed, "We had tons of big fish weighed in, at one point I was looking at the top 22 teams and the weights and they all had over thirty pounds for two days. Just to get a check it took that weight and the weights were very close all the way up to the top teams," added Yeary. With so many big fish weighed in, it would take a solid two days in order to take home one of the three Nitro boats that were given away. The first place team was Ronnie Grant and Don Ingram with a two day total of 43.94. They had over 24 pounds on the first day and backed it up with close to 19 on Day 2. Ingram recalled the two days and said they fished in shallow bushes, flipping and pitching their way to victory. "We were fishing bushes in water that was between 3 to 7 feet. Our best baits were a 3/4 oz LunkerLure Ultimate Jig as well as the brand new Berkley Havoc Papa Pit Boss in Green Pumpkin," said Ingram. The duo ran over fifty miles each day to reach their prime locations and decided to come back a little early today due to the wind. The decision paid off and they made it back in time to win the event. The team also had the tournament's biggest bass, a 7.71lb bass that they weighed in on Day 1. For the win, the team took home a brand new, fully rigged Nitro Z9 and 200hp Mercury Optimax valued at $33,995. Taking 2nd Place was the team of Trevis and Danny Towe who had a two day weight of 39.67lbs. They had two similar weights for both days but caught more fish on Day 2. They keyed on main lake points and ledges that were between 12-17 feet deep. "We caught them on a SixthSense 300D crankbait," added the team from Virginia. They felt that it was a timing situation on their spots and would rotate between good areas in hopes of hitting them at the right time when the bass were feeding on the structure. With their finish, the team took hoke a brand new fully-rigged Nitro Z-7 and 150hp Mercury Optimax valued at $24,995. Third Place was Cary Carney and Eric Carson who had a two day weight of 38.66. Unlike many of the others, smallmouth played a big role in their top weight. "We had three good smallmouth this morning including a 4.5lb fish, if we would have got a few more we might have moved up to second," added Carson. The team focused on mainlake points with rocky shoreline. Their finish made them the new owners of a Nitro Z-6 with a 115hp Mercrury Optimax valued at $20,395. In addition to the three Nitro/Mercury packages, cash awards were given to the Top 22 finishers in a field that included 222 boats from across the country who all qualified through various divisions of USA Bassin. By: Tyler Brinks

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