Tidwell Bags 23.50 to Take the Lead
ATHENS, Ala. –Tony Tidwell of Horton, AL has a solid day landing 5 fish for 23.50 lbs to take the lead with a two-day total of 40.47 at of the AFT National Championship on Lake Eufaula Alabama. Tony is the North Alabama Division 29 Angler of the year and had big bass on day one of this championship.
“I struggled a lot more today. At 11:30 I didn’t think I was going to catch a fish. I had nothing but water in my live well. 5 min later caught my first keeper. It wasn’t until 2 pm I caught my 2nd keeper. One here and one there, no specific pattern. I caught my last 3 with about an hour to go and had I not been in the last flight I know I wouldn’t have them. I’m just blessed today. I have no other way to describe it. I’m still using the same bait and I’m in the same areas as yesterday fishing from 1 ft to 9 ft. I moved around in 2 different places and needed 3 more fish so I was going to make a run to get 3 spots to limit out, and on the way there I saw a spot I had practiced in and decided to stop. I pulled in around 3:00 and caught my biggest fish. At 4 PM I caught my 5th keeper. It was a very nerve racking day. I only had 5 bites today but they were the right ones. I went from as low as I could be to the highest of highs during fishing. Everyone needs to experience it."
“I am still fishing the south end of the lake in some grass. I left my fish after 12 keepers yesterday trying to manage the area. It is a location I have known about from a previous tournament here last year and the fish were still there. My big bass was a 5.74 today and I caught her on the 3rd cast of the morning. I didn’t think she was that big. I dropped her in the livewell and kept on casting not knowing how big she really was.
“I’m fishing topwater in the morning catching 1 or 2 good ones then staying shallow, but I have noticed the fish are moving out as the sun comes up. I move out to 20 ft from there. I found these fish during practice. I’m using some old school baits that you can’t even buy anymore. I caught my biggest fish of 4.67 first thing this morning but I have lost one over 7 lbs. both today and Wednesday. I have been by myself so far but tomorrow I have a partner so I’m looking forward to that. I may not lose them. I should have had 20 lbs. yesterday and close to 24 lbs. on Wednesday simply because I had them at the boat but couldn’t get my hands on them. Been culling 7-9 times each day. ”
Big Bass for day 2 was caught by William Sheffield of Hawkinsville, GA locking in the scales at 7.16 lbs and for this one fish, William earned $2660.00. Big Bass is $10 per angler each day and you can see how many chose to enter this option pot.
The final weigh in for the Ram Truck American Fishing Tour takes place at 2:00 pm on Friday at Lakepoint Resort State Park in Eufaula, AL.
The Ram Trucks American Fishing Tour Championship is a full three days of competition. There are several competitions going on simultaneously within the Championship. Angler of the Year might be the most notable, but there are several others competitions going on. The top 5 from each service team will be recognized. These service teams are; Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, Homeland Security, Non-Military and Lady Anglers.
There is also a four-man team competition always ran by the local ABA director as a side pot. Anglers form a 4-man team, their combined weight for the week is tracked, and the top teams receive a side pot payout. It might be for the payout, but it is also for bragging rights.
Big Bass at the Championship historically pays out more than any big bass pot in the country. As a side pot at $10 a day it has paid well over $5,000 each day of competition and Lake Eufaula has some giant bass.
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Eufaula, AL 36027
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104 Old Hwy 165, Eufaula, AL 36027 (334) 687-8011
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