The third derby in the Table Rock Division sponsored by Chompers continued the season-long mantra of change, with anglers facing a lake level that had jumped 12 feet in only a couple of days, with the rise still in progress. Combined with a roller coaster of temperature swings, the annual pilgrimage to the spawning banks was tossed a major league curveball. The combination resulted in an incredibly tough bite, as 43 teams struggled to bring a total of 64 fish to the weigh in scales. That made the competition for daily bragging rights and valuable qualifying points for the Joe Bass Invitational to be held Stockton Lake next fall even more difficult.
After nearly a two-hour fog delay, Dan Stone and Craig Smith took off from Ahoy’s and returned with a winning stringer weighing 13.47 pounds. With the water in the bushes, the Chompers Key to Success involved flipping plastics, which was made difficult given the water clarity; ultra clear on the lower lake, muddy up the creeks.
Only a half-pound behind, Bill Hayford and Peyton Rose were surprised as their 12.92-pound bag held on for a well-earned second place finish. Their bag was anchored by a solid 4.05-pound kicker, pushing them up the leaderboard.
Rounding out the top three, Rich and Jacci Gamble dropped 12.48 pounds of T-Rock bass on the scales. They also had a solid kicker, with a 3.68 pounder making the difference in their day.
Eric and Gavin White padded their 5th place finish with the Ozark Chevrolet Big Bass, a 4.68-pound lunker.
Don Sanders and Josh Shiley took home some bonus money as they put a four bass bag weighing 10.77 pounds in Don’s brand new 2022 Skeeter ZXR, good enough to qualify for the daily Top Skeeter honors.
Special thanks to Chompers for their outstanding support of the division. Don’t forget Catch Em All Bait & Tackle as they have offered a 10% discount for Joe Bass anglers presenting a Table Rock weigh-in slip to the Cape Fair tackle shop. Be sure and keep your receipts for a chance at $1000 at the Joe Bass Invitational this fall at Stockton.
The fourth Joe Bass Table Rock derby will be Saturday June 18th with a 6:00 am takeoff from Ahoy’s. Please note the monthly takeoff time and be sure to show up early for check-in in order to ensure a timely takeoff.
|1||Dan Stone – Craig Smith||5||13.47||220||$1,600.00|
|2||Bill Hayford – Peyton Rose||5||4.05||12.92||219||$1,320.00|
|3||Rich Gamble – Jacci Gamble||5||3.68||12.48||218||$890.00|
|4||Cody Huff – *Cody Ellsion||5||11.9||217||$650.00|
|5||Eric White – Gavin White||4||4.68||11.69||216||$620.00|
|6||*Rhett Hill – Brandon Hill||5||10.86||215||$200.00|
|7||Don Sanders – Josh Shiley||4||4.36||10.77||214||$680.00|
|8||Gregg Sapp – Robert Duffy||4||4.21||10.77||213||$170.00|
|9||Chris M Jackson – Marc Cooper||3||4.65||9.7||212||$85.00|
|10||*Zach Cooley – Kent Whitaker||4||2.92||8.56||211|
|11||Doug Morrow – Steve Morrow||3||3.75||7.98||210|
|12||Adan Ramirez – Logan Mills||3||6.55||209|
|13||Mark Long – Nick Baker||2||5.36||208|
|14||Hunter Wallace – Devon Anderson||2||3.51||5.27||207|
|15||Heath Kelly – Lucas Hudson||2||5.07||206|
|16||Brett Rider – Steve Rider||2||4.97||205|
|17||Mike Utt – Mike Uttt||2||4.26||204|
|18||Craig Dort – Tony Johnston||1||2.87||2.87||203|
|18||Kyle Wagner – John Wagner||1||2.87||2.87||203|
|20||Tony Mayfield – Fisher Mayfield||1||2.72||2.72||201|
|21||Jay Carden – Dustin Lowe||1||2.16||2.16||200|
|22||JR Bailey – Wade Miller||0||20|
|Brandon Baker – *Richard Stevens||0||20|
|Cody Campbell – *Clay Robinson||0||20|
|Matt Cesar – Ed Larson||0||20|
|Bobby Crockett – Adam Isaacs||0||20|
|Blake Curtis – Matt Brown||0||20|
|Rusty Darnell – Dustin Besperat||0||20|
|Larry Eby – David Blades||0||20|
|Jared Essary – *Andy Eutsler||0||20|
|Ray Eubanks – Jan Eubanks||0||20|
|Mike Fann – Mark Fann||0||20|
|Tyler Frahm – Austin Frahm||0||20|
|Michael Frye – Michael Landwehr||0||20|
|Sam Grace – Blake Macamber||0||20|
|Shane Harms – Dillon Harms||0||20|
|Kelly Jones – Roger Satterfield||0||20|
|Terry Letterman – Doug Smart||0||20|
|Kavan Maybee – Josh Wray||0||20|
|Marcus McCaffrey – Austin McCracken||0||20|
|Bob Meek – Steve Nibert||0||20|
|Paul Persson – Ryan Persson||0||20|
|Kyle Power – Daniel Power||0||20|