Vicious pro David Kilgore of Jasper took home the top spot with a final-day total of 12 pounds, 11 ounces. That gave him more than 46 pounds of bass over three days. His prize was a new $40,000 bass boat and around $8,000 in cash. But the most coveted prize with the win is a berth in the Bassmaster Classic on Lake Guntersville in February.
“The fishing was a lot tougher today,” Kilgore said after the weigh-in. “I did not catch a fish after 11 a.m.”
Kilgore led after day two of competition. He brought only four bass to the scales the final day, but three of the large spotted bass would have been plenty to take the title. Kilgore credited a Strike King Pure Poison lure for the majority of his bass over the three days of competition.
Local pro Tim Hurst of Oxford, also known as the Glass Doctor, brought a limit of five bass to the scales. He finished in sixth place with just more than 36 pounds total. The rising and muddy water on the lake attributed to a lower weight for the final day.
“I primarily used a Bo’s swim jig in black and blue the first two days,” Hurst said. “I had to switch over to a Shaky Head with a Zoom worm to catch them (Saturday).”
On the co-angler side, James Harrison of Anniston finished in seventh place. He was competing against 163 other anglers in his division.