Trey Wade Bradley Parnell wins $10,000 in ABT Final on Lake Eufaula with 19.71
By Jason Duran
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Eufaula, ALA- The Alabama Bass Trail South Division wrapped up its regular season with its final stop at Lake Eufaula where 225 teams fished for a 1st place a prize of $10,000. This tournament also closed the race for the angler of the year. Teams finishing in the top 9 of AOY qualified to fish the BASS Tag Team Championship and the top 75 teams qualified for the ABT Championship. On a very hot June day at Lake Eufaula, the team of Trey Wade and Bradley Parnell weighed in at 19.71 pounds for first place.
Tray Wade and Bradley Parnell, a freshman team on the ABT, found a school of fish in practice that was “in a mid-depth range. We wanted to fish away from boat traffic and away from other anglers. When we found these fish in practice, they were a bit smaller – around 1.5 to 2 pounds. Our goal was to go out today and catch those fish and make the ABT Championship. We started our morning shallow and caught a few small fish on buzz bait. When the sun came up, we moved to our training area. The team described this area as “a swing with wood”. They fished this area with the shallow dive Bandit 200 series in a few different colors including: splash, sexy shad, and an error. With this victory, they collected a payday of $10,000 and secured their ticket to the ABT Championship.
Noah and Cole Godwin finished in second place at 19.18 pounds and $5,000. This team has had a lot of success on the ABT for the past few years with two wins and another top 5. They have done the rundown river to target both shallow and deep fish. They caught them early, had a 15-pound limit within the first 10 minutes, and hit their final weight within thirty minutes. The team “never really had the big chunk”. They found the fish last weekend while “training on the edge of a main river which appeared to have 50 fish. We caught a few 3 and 4 pound fish. We found a few more schools in training, but our main spot seemed to have the best fish, so we raced straight there this morning. The team caught fish nearly every cast to start the morning on a 6 Sense Crush Crank Bait, Nichols Lures Ben Parker Mag Spoon and Big Bite Baits B2 Worm. “This lake has always attracted us, but this time we took more time off until we found schools – that was key to our success.” Noah and Cole finished 16th AOY and qualified for the ABT Championship.
Josh Chapple and Paul Davis finished in 3rd up with 18.83 pounds and cashed a check for $4,000. The team spent the day fishing offshore. “The practice was difficult; it was difficult to locate the fish this week. Today we made about 30 fishing stops from takeoff to White Oak Creek. This morning we had two very good catches of fish which helped us. These two fish were the biggest we had all week, and it was really lucky. We caught fish on a bunch of different baits like a Strike King Sexy Shad 6xD and a big red worm like everyone throws here. The team finishes 3rd in AOY and qualified for the BASS Team Championship and the ABT Championship.
Brain Stiffler and Wesley Gore finished today with 1054 AOY points moving them up from 2n/a at 1st square. With these points, they also claim the overall ABT AOY as they finished with more points than Wesley Sams/Jordan Wiggins’ North Division AOY team with 1037. The top 9 teams in the South Division are listed below. -below. They all qualify to fish the BASS Team Championship.
PLACE FISHERMAN POINTS
1 Brian Stiffler/Wesley Gore 1054
2Chris Rutland/Coby Carden 1050
3 Josh Chapple/Paul Davis 1030
4 Rob Lee/Steve Winslet 1025
5 Foster Bradley/Nick Harris 1003
6 Adam Bain/Kris Colley 986
7 Jeston Anderson/Scott Saucer 941
8 Joey Davidson/Tullis Lanier 937
9Frank Bradfield/Tyler Morgan 936
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