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

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

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