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Boater Rookie Ray Archer and Co-Angler Bob Howard Win Colorado BASS Nation State Team Qualifying Event at Lake Tenkiller, OK

Posted by nation on May 20, 2016

    The deed is done and a State Team roster has been determined.  The grass-roots anglers at the State Team Qualifying Tournament (STQT) have fished hard in three days of competition for the chance to represent the Colorado BASS Nation at the next BASS Nation Western Regional, where they will then compete for spots at a National Championship!

     This is the second year of a new format for the BASS Nation.  This event will determine 10 Boater positions, and 10 Co-Angler positions, that will make up a 20 Angler Team to compete against the rest of the BASS Nation Western Division states, and for individual spots at the next step, making the National Championship and a chance at going all the way to the Bassmasters Classic as a BASS Nation Angler.  Anglers make the team in order of their standing at this event.

     Day 2 leader, and Boater Rookie, Ray Archer (CBC) has won the Boater category at Lake Tenkiller!  Increasing the weights of his weigh-in bags each day, Archer landed 8.27 lbs. on Day 1, 11.01 lbs. on Day 2, and 11.08 lbs. on Day 3, for a Final weight of 30.36 lbs. of Tenkiller bass.

     Reigning State Champion and Day 1 leader Nate Caldwell (CBC) finished in 2nd place bringing in a 3-day total weight of 43.46 lbs.  Chad Phillips (DBM) moved up into 3rd place with 41.72 lbs.

     The rest of the Top 10 Boater Qualifiers are: 4th Jerry Brown (PP) 38.60, 5th Derek Phillips (PP) 37.56, 6th Jeremiah Hofstetter (DBM) 36.88, 7th Trevor Scott (CBC) 34.70, 8th Mark Warren (DBM) 33.60, 9th Larry Triplett (DBM) 32.97, and David Withee (PP) 31.68.

     Mark Warren had the Boater Big Bass of Day 3 at 5.25 lbs.

     The Co-Angler category saw Bob Howard (PP) move into 1st on the final day.  Howard also increased his fish weight as the tournament progressed, each day in order: 7.06, 8.56, 9.18, for a Final total of 24.80 lbs.

     Day 1 leader Marin Marinov (DBM)finished in 2nd with a total of 24.43 and Kirk Albrecht (CBC) landed in 3rd with 23.04 lbs.

     The rest of the Top 10 Co-Anglers are: 4th Steve Ehrman (DBM) 21.49, 5th Don Evans (PP) 20.16, 6th David Kaltenbaugh (PP) 18.85, 7th Chuck Harrison (CBC) 18.75, 8th Frank Bianchi (PP) 17.46, 9th Bobby Martin (PP) 15.74, and 10th Josh Villa (CBC) 15.32 lbs.

     Bobby Martin landed the Co-Angler Big Bass of Day 3 at 5.92 lbs.

      Congratulations to all the anglers for competing in another year’s State Team Qualifier and to the Top Ten State Team members in each category who are now qualified to represent their Club and State at the next BASS Nation Western Regional!


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Article by: Jeff Jones