Robert Tindell of Leesburg, Ga., weighed a five-bass limit totaling 25 pounds, 12 ounces Saturday to win the EverStart Series Southeast Division on Lake Seminole with a three-day total of 15 bass weighing 73 pounds, 10 ounces. For his victory, Tindell earned $33,412.
“It was a great experience,” said Tindell. “Every fisherman dreams of winning something like this and I was fortunate enough to have it happen to me. Seminole is my home lake and I have been fishing it for over 30 years. This is the biggest tournament I’ve ever won.
“Every fish I caught came on a Strike King 6XD crankbait,” Tindell continued. “I caught fish on every color, but the Sexy Shad pattern seemed to work the best. The fish were mostly caught in 12 to 14 feet of water, right off the grass beds. I probably caught close to 30 keepers throughout the three days of competition.
“Most of the fish were stacked up in a ditch that runs into a bedding area,” Tindell went on to say. “On the first day, all my fish were prespawn and looked like they were still full of eggs. On the last two days, they have all been postspawn. I think I just happened to hit the perfect spot where they were both coming in and going out of the spawning areas.”
The top 10 pros on Lake Seminole were:
1st: Robert Tindell, Leesburg, Ga., 15 bass, 73-10, $33,412
2nd: Rodger Beaver, Dawson, Ga., 15 bass, 64-3, $12,529
3rd: Scott Canterbury, Springville, Ala., 14 bass, 62-10, $8,353
4th: Barry Wilson, Birmingham, Ala., 15 bass, 49-13, $7,518
5th: William McKinstry III, Loxahatchee, Fla., 14 bass, 46-9, $6,682
6th: Tony Davis, Williston, Fla., 13 bass, 46-5, $5,847
7th: Bradley Enfinger, Colquitt, Ga., 12 bass, 46-4, $5,012
8th: J.T. Kenney, Palm Bay, Fla., 13 bass, 40-10, $4,176
9th: Pete Thliveros, Saint Augustine, Fla., 11 bass, 39-5, $3,341
10th: Howard Poitevint, Bainbridge, Ga., 11 bass, 36-2, $2,506
Complete results can be found at FLWOutdoors.com.
Michael Hughes caught the biggest bass of the tournament in the pro division Thursday – a 8-pound, 6-ounce bass – that earned him the day’s EverStart Series Big Bass award of $234.
Alan Hults of Gautier, Miss., won the co-angler division and a Ranger Z117 with an Evinrude or Mercury outboard motor with a three-day total of 14 bass weighing 54 pounds even.
The top 10 co-anglers on Lake Seminole were:
1st: Alan Hults, Gautier, Miss., 14 bass, 54-0, Ranger Z117 w/90 HP outboard + Ranger Cup: $5,000
2nd: Joe Ventrello, Orland, Fla., 12 bass, 39-12, $4,384
3rd: David Hallmark, Muscle Shoals, Ala., 12 bass, 29-5, $3,507
4th: Wesley Bleich, Newnan, Ga., 10 bass, 27-8, $3,069
5th: Greg Jeter, Bainbridge, Ga., 10 bass, 27-7, $2,630
6th: Nicholas Davico, Cantonment, Fla., 9 bass, 25-6, $2,192
7th: Aaron Richardson, Destin, Fla., 10 bass, 25-3, $1,753
8th: Byron Botdorf, Albany, Ga., 9 bass, 25-1, $1,315
9th: Brent Chitty, Moultrie, Ga., 6 bass, 24-1, $877
10th: Daniel Buswell, Newnan, Ga., 8 bass, 19-11, $701
Chitty caught the biggest bass of the tournament in the co-angler division Friday– a 7-pound, 8-ounce bass – that earned him the day’s EverStart Series Big Bass award of $156.
The EverStart Series consists of five divisions – Central, Northern, Southeast, Texas and Western. Each division consists of four tournaments and competitors will be vying for valuable points in each division that could earn them the Strike King Angler of the Year title, which allows them to fish the 2014 Forrest Wood Cup.
The next EverStart Series Texas Division tournament will be May 9-11 at Wheeler Lake in Rogersville, Ala., and is hosted by the Florence/Lauderdale Tourism Bureau.
Image courtesy FLW Outdoors