Johnston and Roberts win tourney at Aliceville
Willie Johnston and Will Roberts blew away the field with a 5 fish limit of bass that weighed 18.63 pounds on Aliceville Lake March 10th. Their big catch was anchored by the lunker of the tourney, a 9.79 pounder caught by Johnston. This is the second win on this year's trail for this newly formed team.
Second place went to the team of Charles Wilson and John Mason with another limit of bass that weighed in a 12.43 pounds. This veteran duo consistently finishes in the money and this tourney proved to be no different. They caught most of their fish on plastic worms and lizards. A 6 pound bass anchored their catch. Wilson caught the big bruiser on a lizard.
Third place went to Chris Dozier and Chad Rainer with 4 bass that weighed 11.23 pounds. Fourth place went to the Alabama team of Jimmy Williams and Fred Schoenrock with a limit weighing 10.59 pounds. Fifth place went to the team of Drew Covington and Brent Fortenberry with 10.45 pounds.
Sixth place went to the father and son team of Ricky and Richard Smith with a limit of bass that weighed 10.25 pounds. Coming in seventh was another father and son team, Allan and Jayson Roberts. They had a limit of bass that weighed 9.4 pounds. Eighth place went to John Raines and Dennis Reed. Ninth place went to the team of Frank Sullivan and Leland White. Rounding out the money winners was the team of Randy Gabriel and J. Whitehead.
With 2 tourneys remaining on the regular season schedule, the Angler of the Year race is still up for grabs. Chris Stokes and Waymon Newell are currently in first place with 566 points. Coming in a close second with 562 points is the team of Charles Wilson and John Mason.
Okatibbee Lake: Early last week many of the crappie had begun to spawn. However, with the passing of a strong cold front the temperature took a nosedive and the fishing did as well. Coupled with a fast rise on the lake surface level and strong winds, the lake stayed rough and muddy. A few crappie and bass were still caught in scattered locations but most anglers found the going rough. Once the weather warms back up and the water level stabilizes the fishing should pick back up.
Kemper Lake: Bass fishing on Kemper continues to be good. Bass are being caught in shallow water along shoreline structure and around clay points as well. Rattletraps, spinnerbaits and worms have all been good producers.
Long Creek Reservoir: Crappie fishing on the lake has been pretty productive in the last couple of weeks with reports of large crappie being caught in water 7-9 feet deep. Some anglers have reported catching spawning crappie before the drastic weather change.
Mike Giles writes a weekly column for the Outdoors page.