October 23 Wetumpka, Ala ‑ The Alabama Bass Trail concluded the 2022 season with a two-day no entry fee tournament for the best 75 teams in the north and south divisions. The city of Wetumpka, Alabama was the host, and Lake Jordan was the site where anglers fished for a total purse of $100,000. The team of Stephen Mcavoy and Josh Butts faced the toughest competition of the Alabama Bass Trail and finished at the top claiming a $50,000 payday.
Lake Jordan is a popular lake with an abundance of large mouth and spotted bass. Anglers reported that during practice, the fish were scattered and chasing bait to feed up for the winter. Typically, tournaments at Lake Jordan are dependent on the Alabama Power generation schedule that produces a strong current flow that spotted bass seem to enjoy feeding in. Anglers also find the lake provides a variety of structure and water depths allowing anglers to fish their strengths and produce good quality limits on tournament day.
This win makes them one of the best teams the Southeast because they matched up against the best of the best in the ABT and came out on top. At the end of day, they found themselves in seventh place weighing in 11.68 pounds. On day two, they increased their weight and weighed in 14.03 pounds for a total of 25.71.
The team targeted these school of fish with a much different approach working the areas holding fish by simply scanning around using the Garmin Live Scope and waiting to cast until they found the fish. They primally used two baits: a Duo Realis Spinbait 90 Model in shad colors and a Damiki Rig with various style ball jig heads and shad style soft plastics.
During the two days, they caught over one hundred fish and doubled up multiple times throughout the day on the monster schools of spotted bass. As the sun rose higher in the sky, the fishing got better because it bought the bait higher in the water column.
The schools they located had hundreds of fish in them. They fished often in the middle of the river chasing these schools. Stephen and Josh took home $50,000 from the ABT plus almost $10,000 in contingency bonuses for a total pay day close to $60k. They were extremely happy and “honored to get this win against such a great field of anglers.”
They caught what they felt was a solid limit and left that area around 11am to look for other areas that could possibly help increase their weight. They headed down river and found what the other top teams also found. The big schools of spotted bass grouped up chasing bait in the middle of the river.
Their day one wight was 12.00 pounds. On day two, they began where ended day one, fishing for the spotted bass schools in the river. They expected the current to start around 11am and planned to fish schools until then. They have never been to Lake Jordan, so they expected it would take 16 pounds to lead each day. They
Brad and Eric felt like having Live Scope would have given them more of an advantage. They followed the bait fish the best they could each day and found that later in the day the fishing was also very productive for them. They were really surprised that the fish were not in the grass here but instead offshore in abundance. Their total weight was 24.15. For the third place they collected a $5,000 check.
The top ten standings are below, for a complete list of standings please visit: https://www.alabamabasstrail.org/lake-jordan/results/
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The sponsors of the 2022 Alabama Bass Trail include: Phoenix Boats, Academy Sports, Alabama Power, America’s First Federal Credit Union, American Trailer Rental Group, BAJIO, Berkley, Big Bite Baits, Bill Penney Automotive, Black Rifle Coffee Company, Buck N’ Bass, Anheuser – Bush, Inc., E3 Sports Apparel, Fish Neely Henry Lake.com, Garmin, Jack’s, Lew’s, Mtn Dew, Alabama Mountain Lakes Tourist Association, Power-Pole, Strike King, Sweet Home Alabama, T-H Marine, Wedowee Marine, Yamaha, YETI Coolers.
By Jason Duran
About Alabama Bass Trail
The sponsors of the 2022 Alabama Bass Trail include: Phoenix Boats, Academy Sports, Alabama Power, America’s First Federal Credit Union, American Trailer Rental Group, BAJIO, Berkley, Big Bite Baits, Bill Penney Automotive, Black Rifle Coffee Company, Buck N’ Bass, Anheuser – Bush, Inc., E3 Sports Apparel, Fish Neely Henry Lake.com, Garmin, Jack’s, Lew’s, Mountain Dew, Alabama Mountain Lakes Tourist Association, Power-Pole, Strike King, Sweet Home Alabama, T-H Marine, Wedowee Marine, Yamaha, Navionics and YETI Coolers.
For information about Alabama Bass Trail and for complete tournament standings visit www.alabamabasstrail.org.