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Scott Sheldon @ 2014 BASS Nation Championship

Posted by nation on November 14, 2014

BASS Nation Championship, ctsy Shaye Baker and Bassmaster.com.JPGFrom November 6-8, 2014 Colorado BASS Nation State Champion Scott Sheldon attended the 2014 Old Milwaukee B.A.S.S. Nation Championship Tournament held on the Ouachita River in Monroe, Louisiana.

Pic: ctsy Shaye Baker @ Bassmaster.com

By all reports the tournament was an exercise in frustration as well as persistence and skill against the best Bass Club anglers from nearly every State across U.S., and from 10 different countries around the world, including anglers from Australia, Canada, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Namibia, Portugal, South Africa, Spain, and Zimbabwe. Fluctuating water levels caused many anglers to change their game plan as some of their pre-fishing locations in backwater areas became inaccessible by bass boat.

Sheldon at Ouachita, ctsy Shaye Baker and Bassmaster.com.JPG“Well, I caught fish but not very big ones,” Sheldon reported from Louisiana during the tournament. It was, “really a tough bite. Fish are few and far between and when you do catch one it’s little.” Sheldon also reported his primary weapons of choice during the tournament were, “a small white tandem spinnerbait and a Citrus Shad squarebill crankbait,” which were the predominant patterns among all the anglers with a few flipping patterns reported, too. He fished, “Super shallow. If you think your fishing shallow then fish even shallower. Literally, less than a foot of water.”

Pic: Sheldon at Ouachita, ctsy Shaye Baker and Bassmaster.com

Scott was running about 40 miles up the river where he found the fishing to be more productive. He weighed in a limit on Day One of the event, but the average sizes in this tournament overall were pretty small. His limit weighed 5 pounds, 5 ounces and landed him in 31st Place. Day Two proved even tougher when he had 4 bass weighing 3-15 and dropped down to 39th. Day Three was the final day and Scott only had 4 bass, but weighed in his largest bag at 6-13 with a decent kicker. His total for the tournament was 16 pounds, 1 ounce which moved him back up to 29th Place overall and 7th out of the 12 anglers from the Western Division, which was won by AZ angler Steve Lund with 11 bass totaling 23-10. Paul Mueller of Connecticut, with 32-15, captured the win and the Bryan V. Kerchal Memorial Trophy.

“I drove 1,250 miles to get here,” Scott was quoted in a Bassmaster.com article, “and the fish here have the same problem the bass in Colorado do: Their heads are too close to their tails!”

Scott Sheldon is a member of and fishes with the Centennial Bass Club of Northern Colorado. He had to qualify for the Colorado State Team by competing in the 2013 State Team Qualifying Tournament held at Oklahoma’s Grand Lake O’Cherokees, where he placed 3rd overall. Then, when the State Team attended the 2014 BASS Nation Western Divisional held at Noxon Reservoir, Montana, Scott rose the top of the Team Standings with a total weight of 25 ¾ pounds. From the Divisional event the Top angler from each state qualified to attend the Old Milwaukee B.A.S.S. Nation Championship where the top angler from each Division qualified for the 2015 Bassmasters Classic!

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Article by: Jeff Jones

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