A big bass helped lift Scott and Carrigan Carpenter to the Arjay’s Classic title held on Muskegon Lake last weekend.
The Carpenters had five bass weighing 17.94 pounds and included big bass of the tournament, a 5.14-pound largemouth. They pocketed $1,400 for first and another $150 for having the biggest bass.
They caught their fish in marinas where they fished around boat slips. They threw 1/4-ounce Strike King Bitsy Bugs (black/blue) with a Zoom Z Hog Jr trailer (junebug) and a ½-ounce Outkast Stealth Feider jig (black/blue) with a Zoom Z Craw Jr. (junebug) trailer.
The winners sat in 7 to 12 feet and fished vegetation around sea walls and in front of boat slips.
John Miller and Robbie Gibson were second ($1,200) with five weighing 14.14 pounds while Tim and Daisy Tucker were third ($1,000) with a 13.78-pound limit.
Gary Butcher and Scott Smith ($700) tied with Ray Lohr and Charlie Fouts ($500) with five weighing 12.78 pounds, but Butcher and Smith broke the tie with their biggest bass, a 3.50 pounder.
Justin and Hunter Kosmerick were sixth ($300) with a 9.68-pound limit.
Doug and Eric Sanderson were seventh ($275) with four weighing in at 9.32 pounds and Jared Yoder and Bryce McMillan were eighth ($250) with 9.20 pounds.
The Classic paid 16 places, with 16th getting the entry fee ($75) back.
Jeremiah Yoder and Tim Eicher had the second biggest bass at 3.74 pounds while the Sandersons had the third biggest at 3.58 pounds.
The Junk fish pot went to Jon Walkinhood and Travis Greenwald with a pike weighing in at 9.84 pounds.