Typical late summer tough Twain. That was the general consensus as 29 teams gathered at Robert Allen Ramp for the division finale for 2019. Up for grabs wasn’t just the tournament payout, but also valuable points to qualify for the Invitational at Truman Lake in October and finding out who was the 154 Marine Division Points Champion.
The day started out with heavy cloud cover and lightning flashing the sky to the north and west yet throughout the day the anglers stayed dry as the storm front track north of the lake area, giving the anglers cloudy cooler conditions most of the day before the clouds surrendered to sunshine early in the afternoon.
Taking the top spot today was the team of Jim Brown and Gary Dingledine. Jim and Gary fished a tournament on Saturday and struggled all day never connecting with a legal keeper. So with 4th and 40 Jim and Gary punted their fishing area and decided to “Just Go Fishing”. So at take off they turned the boat up lake and fished a point in the mid-lake area that neither one had fished for several years. Dragging worms and jigs around the point the team connected with 3 keepers early, then the bite slowed Jim and Gary moved to an adjacent point and only connected with a few shorts but the plan was to let their primary point rest for a few hours. Jim and Gary felt comfortable doing this as no other boats were in the area. Late morning they returned to their primary point and caught the remainder of their limit. The BPG Inspections, Lavy’s Welding sponsored team topped the field weighing in 12.73 pounds of bass. Included in their bag was the second big bass weighing 3.83 pounds.
Coming in Second today was the team of Jim Coyner and Keith Ostrander. Jim and Keith did their normal summer pattern “Run and Gun” hitting as many as 30 spots on the day, brush piles, ledges, points, main lake pockets were all on the list of things to fish. Like the winners, Jim and Keith also fished soft plastics and jigs catching several keepers on the day with their best 5 weighing 11.99 pounds. Jimmy and Keith are sponsored by 154 Marine and Bulls eye bait and tackle.
Taking the third spot today was team of Keith Hendrix and Greg Zumwalt. Keith and Greg started their day off fishing top water in the lower end of the lake, but with little success. As the sun got higher Keith and Greg moved to drop baits and started hopping points and channel swings working their way back to Robert Allen Ramp. This turned out to be the right move as the team caught 4 keepers and lost number 5 twice. Their 4 fish tipped the scales at 10.46 pounds good enough for third place in the tournament and the team locked down the 154 Marine points championship. Keith and Greg are sponsored by 154 Marine, JC Auto and Truck Parts, HPW Lures, Crop Rotation Services, Dyna Grow Seed, and Jack’s Harbor Marine.
Well for most of the day the team of Bill Kayser and Donnie Seabaugh were scratching their heads wondering where the fish were and if they would ever boat a keeper on the day. Running out of options the team went to the dam to finish the day. Stroaking a jig the team popped 2 keepers in the final hour of the day, one of which wound up being the Ozark Chevrolet Big Joe Bass weighing 4.09 pounds.
|1||Jim Brown – Gary Dingledine||5||3.83||12.73||110||$1,620.00|
|2||Jim Coyner – Keith Ostrander||5||3.21||11.99||109||$980.00|
|3||Keith Hendrix – Greg Zumwalt||4||3.49||10.46||108||$690.00|
|4||John Thrasher – Jason Kiser||5||10.28||107||$450.00|
|5||Chris Janda – J. Rowdy Yates||5||0.5||9.98||106||$300.00|
|6||Wayne Werle – Jim Lomax||4||9.03||105|
|7||Jason Huskey – Bryan Hulsey||3||8||104|
|8||Tom Herndon – Jason VanBeers||4||7.56||103|
|9||John Knudsen – Tom Williams||4||7.15||102|
|10||Chad Denningmann – Kurt Denningmann||3||6.37||101|
|11||Bill Kayser – Donnie Seabaugh||2||4.09||6.1||100|
|12||Ryan Hopping – *Chris Schwerdt||2||4.81||99|
|13||Paul Hager – Phil Allen||2||4.79||98|
|14||Steve Weber – Sam Phillips||2||4.76||97|
|15||Kenny Grothoff – Donnie Palmatory||2||4.22||96|
|16||Mike Tucker – Cory Kunkle||2||4.08||95|
|17||Brad Dooley – Terry Jones||2||3.94||94|
|18||Dominic Perotti – Jim Sexton||2||3.9||93|
|19||Ken Young – John Drury||2||3.86||92|
|20||Gary Koenig – Robin Hessling||2||3.64||91|
|21||Todd Hessling – Tom Darnell||1||3.17||3.17||90|
|22||David Kampschroeder – *fished aalone||1||2.75||2.75||89|
|23||Stephan Luckett – *Sean Kelly||1||1.71||1.71||88|
|24||Lee Atwood – Eric Maxey||0||10|
|Jason Coan – Charlie Bogard||0||10|
|Lonnie Franklin – Bob Peneston||0||10|
|Charlie Kunkle – Keith Williams||0||10|
|*Rick McGuire – Rich Labarge||0||10|
|Dave Strutman – Denny Lambert||0||10|