Less than a pound separated first from fifth place in the Southwest Michigan Anglers Club (SMAC) tournament on Diamond Lake last weekend.
There were 30 boats in the field and 13 teams weighed limits.
Chuck Powell and Louie Stout eked out the victory with a limit weighing 9.39 pounds. They caught their fish in 20 feet or more on Strike King Dream Shot drop-shot rigs and lead head jigs rigged with Strike King Menaces.
Mason Swem and Lane Herman were second with five weighing 9.38 pounds caught on frogs and Senkos. They also had big bass, a 2.88-pound largemouth, caught on a frog.
Ken Tucker and Travis Terry were third with 9.31 caught on Senkos while Brett Gessinger and Mike VanderReyden were fourth with 9.05 caught on drop-shot rigs.
Fifth place went to Bill Mathews and Chris Iodice with 8.85 pounds.
BANGOR CHARTER TOWNSHIP, Mich. — The Auburn University duo of Logan Parks and Tucker Smith entered the final regular-season Carhartt Bassmaster College Series presented by Bass Pro Shops event at Saginaw Bay with the lead in the Team of the Year standings and left little doubt who will be hoisting that trophy come August.
After starting Day 2 in fifth, Parks and Smith increased their two-day total to 40 pounds, 9 ounces with a final-day bag of 19-9 to earn the victory on Saginaw Bay, beating the second-place team of Zach Salters and Jenson Kay from Adrian College in Michigan by just 3 ounces. They defeated the third-place team of Ryan Park and Sam Niemeyer from Murray State in Kentucky by just 5 ounces.
It was a victory — and a season — Parks wasn’t sure was even going to be possible after Auburn University suspended the team in March for a year for violating COVID-19 protocols set forth by the school. The suspension was ultimately reduced to a couple of weeks and Parks, Smith and the rest of the Tigers squad entered each event after that with a new drive.
Gary Butcher and Scott Smith won big on Portage Lake last week in the Arjay’s Weeknight Tournament Trail.
Butcher and Smith had five bass weighing 13.56 for first place and also took home the Jaywalker’s Junk Fish prize with a dog fish weighing 6.90 pounds.
The winners used Butcher Baits’ Custom Stick Baits.
John Gipson and Kris Iodice sacked 13.31 pounds to win the R&B Circuit tournament on Diamond Lake last weekend.
Ethan and Trent Rutherford were second with 11.44 pounds that included a 3.80-pound largemouth that earned them big bass honors.
Ken Holder was third with 8.70 pounds.
All three top finishers caught their fish with drop-shot rigs on the drop-offs.
R&B will host a Super Saturday make-up event July 3 at Lake Palestine from 7-3. Entry fee is $130. The field will be limited to 20 boats. For more information or to reserve a spot, text John Gipson 765-637-6919 or email him at email@example.com.
A 4.02-pound largemouth caught by Ken Holder and John Gipson helped carry the duo to the Michiana Fishing League win at Juno Lake last weekend.
The winners, who said they caught their fish on Lunker Lures and Whopper Ploppers, had 10.98 pounds, just enough to eke out Jerry Bunnell and Jim Wheeler who had 10.73 pounds. Bunnell and Wheeler caught their fish on the inside and outside of weed edges on worms and hula grubs.
Nick Hughes and Jacob Meeker were third with 9.43 pounds.