Harris tandem wins Fishers of Men title
Anglers in the North Central Louisiana Division of the Fishers A Men National Tournament Trail recently returned to Kel’s Kove on Lake Claiborne for the fourth tournament of the 2012 season.
With only one tournament remaining, the battle for the season points championship was at the forefront of each team’s mind, as the field sped away from the launch site just after daybreak.
The pressure to perform was highest for Kenny and Courtney Harris, who entered the tournament with a marginal lead in the points race.
Practice day preparations paid off for the father/son duo as it was then that the anglers found what they needed to stave off the competition — a single location that produced over 20 fish on the day of the tournament.
With such success, the Harris duo was able to put together a stringer with a collective five-fish weight of 17.01 pounds and earn first place honors for the second tournament in a row. They collected a payout of over $1,000.
For the second place team of Patrick Daniel and John Ross, variety was the order of the day, as the anglers were able to catch fish in numerous locations across the lake, both shallow and deep, using topwaters, Rat-L-Traps and crankbaits.
The five largest fish, most of which were caught on crankbaits, tipped the scales at 16.34 pounds and produced earnings for the team of $420.
Ken Lantrip and Chad Pody, winners of third place overall, took advantage of the overcast and rainy conditions and stuck with a pattern of fishing topwater baits in the shallows throughout the day.
This approach netted a five-fish stringer of 14.38 pounds and a payout of $230.
Steve Danna and Charlie Watkins earned their payout for the tournament only five minutes into the day.
It was then that Danna, fishing a Carolina-rigged centipede, landed the first place big bass of the tournament weighing-in at 6.70 pounds.