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kins Carolina rigs to victory in Texas
American Bass Anglers Press Release
ATHENS, Ala. – Hitting the division midpoint, Terry Hawkins won the Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Weekend Series, operated by American Bass Anglers, East Texas Division 11 tournament, held May 5, 2012, on Richland Chambers Lake.

Running out of Oak Cove Marina near Corsicana, the hometown angler caught five bass weighing 17.57 pounds topped by a 7.84-pound kicker. For the Boater Division victory, Hawkins went home with a check for $2,730.90. He caught a total of seven fish.

“I fish this lake a lot,” Hawkins revealed. “I used my Humminbird side-scan electronics to find the baitfish. I caught my fish on a Carolina rig with a green pumpkin trick worm. I keyed on humps and points with rocks. When I hung the big one, I thought it was a catfish at first until he came up and jumped.”

In second for the boaters, Tracy Lawhon, 34, of Corsicana landed a five-bass tournament limit going 16.85 pounds. He anchored his bag with a late 8.11-pounder to collect $1,364.96.

“I mainly fished one hole that my dad found years ago,” Lawhon said. “The fish didn’t start biting until about 2:30 p.m. I used a Carolina rig with watermelon Lake Fork Baby Creature. I told my partner that we had to go and threw one last time. That’s when I caught my biggest one. I caught about 15 fish, but only five keepers.”

Right behind, Landan Ware, 37, of Jewett took third among the boaters with a five-bass limit for 16.31 pounds including a 4.73-pound kicker. He earned $910.63.

“I fish over here a lot,” Ware said. “Fishing was tough today. We had to buckle down and fish spots really slowly and thoroughly with Carolina rigs to make them bite. I fished a big pumpkinseed brush hog early, then switched to a watermelon red. I caught about 11 fish.”

Landing in fourth place for the boaters, Keith M. Jones of Texarkana brought in five bass for 14.49 pounds with a 4.59-pound kicker. Dusty B. Spurgin of Arlington followed with five bass and 14.24 pounds including one weighing 3.98 pounds. Trent Menees of Saginaw set the tournament lunker standard with an 8.50-pounder.

In the Co-Angler Division, Troy L. Campbell, 51, of Pittsburg brought in three bass for 10.13 pounds. He anchored his bag with a 3.97-pounder to pocket $1,370.25.

“I started throwing a brush hog and a skinny dipper, but had my best luck on a watermelon red magnum fluke,” Campbell said. “I started throwing it up on the flats. I only caught four fish with one too short. The big one wrapped in some brush and I wasn’t sure if I was going to get him up or not. I kept the pressure on it and got him up. It came off in the boat. I had one big one break off.”

Taking second for the back-seaters, Dustin Scoggins of Quinlan finished with a three-bass division limit weighing 8.95 pounds. He capped his catch with a 3.94-pounder.

David R. Doonan of Bryan took third with three bass and 8.53 pounds, followed by Thomas R. Fincher of Crowley with a three-bass limit going 7.99 pounds, topped by a 3.35-pound kicker. Guy W. Morse of Cleburne wrapped up the top five co-anglers with three bass and 6.85 pounds. Jose “Joey” Ahumada of Irving landed the division big bass, a 4.50-pound bucketmouth.

For more information on this tournament, call Porter Trimble at (318) 201-3474 or ABA at (888) 203-6222. On line,