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Recent Tornadic Activity Stirs Up Bass at Lake Tenkiller

Posted by nation on May 19, 2016

    Right in the middle of Tornado Alley, where a recent storm caused much damage, the Colorado BASS Nation 2016 State Team Qualifying Tournament is under way at Oklahoma’s Lake Tenkiller, and it’s providing a wide variety of bass sizes to the competitors.  Tenkiller is a new lake for this event and has a slot limit where you have to release all fish between 13 and 16 inches, meaning some limits can be very small while decent-sized and kicker-sized bass can really separate the field.  Just fishing for a limit won’t get you to the next level this time!

     Colorado BASS Nation State President Audrey McKenney, reporting via text from the lake where Wifi is not available, says that some of these smaller weights being brought in are actually limits of under 13-inch bass, including a possible new record small fish at 0.41 pounds caught by DBM’s Chad Barber, now known as the Chad Spawn!

     Audrey says the weather has been overcast, some rain and a little chilly, but that is changing and supposed to clear up with sunnier days ahead.  Reportedly the primary bait at the event so far is a crankbait, but that may also change as the anglers find they are at the tail-end of a shad spawn that may be diminishing rapidly.

     Also attending at this event and helping to even out the field are three observers, Jim Coale and two high-school competitors from Sedalia, CO, Morgan Fitzgerald and Kayden Sites.  Morgan will also be the Colorado representative at the BASS All American High School Team as one of the Top 12 in the nation!  Without the observers, boaters without a co-angler sign-up partner would have to draw and risk having to split a boat during the event.  Thanks for helping out!

     The Colorado BASS Nation appreciates all of their supporters who have helped to fundraise over $1,500 and provided raffle prizes at this qualifier, including Larry Triplett and Dobyns Rods, Derek Phillips and Daiwa, Centennial Bass Club, Colorado’s own Eagle Claw Fishing Tackle Co., and the BASS Nation Alliance companies: Triton Boats, Mercury Marine, Lowrance Electronics, Motorguide Trolling Motors.


Standings after Day One

     Reigning State Champion Nate Caldwell leads the Boater’s side of the tournament after Day One with a 16.86 lb. sack anchored by the Day One Big Bass at 5.25 lbs.  He is followed by Derek Phillips at 15.59 including a 4.31, and Larry Triplett at 15.21.  The second largest bass, a 4.98 lb. kicker, landed Chad Phillips in 4th at 13.81.  Colorado BASS Nation Rookie Ray Archer leads the Rookie Standings in 5th at 13.79.

     On the Non-boater side Rookie Marin Marinov leads with a total weight of 10.02 including a 4.24 lb. bass.  Steve Ehrman is in 2nd at 9.15 with the largest NB big bass at 4.25 lbs., (barely squeezing past the leader’s kicker!)  3-5th place is currently filled by rookie contenders Marty Martinez (8.73), Don Evans (8.25), and Kirk Albrecht (8.12).

2016 STQT Tenkiller Day 1 results.jpg  


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Article by: Jeff Jones