Fishing a variety of jigs and soft stickbaits around shallow cover, Jim Wheeler (Valparaiso) and Ray Smith (Portage) sacked a 19.95-pound limit of largemouth bass to win the R&B Circuit West Division Tournament on Austin Lake.
Their sack included the Native Pride Tackle Big Bass - a 6.29-pound Behemoth.
Wind was pivotal, they said. They struggled until 10:30, when they began targeting windy structure. At that time they quickly landed a limit and culled several times. The big fish bit a jig. They won $734 and another $280 for the big bass.
Second place Teddy Bradley (Mishawaka) and Mark Fennell (Lagrange) used a 14-foot john boat to slip into neighboring West Lake where they sorted through 20 keepers on their way to 16.46 pounds, which included the second largest fish of the tournament, a 4.54-pound largemouth. They caught their fish with Zoom Horny Toads and wacky rigged Senkos around shallow weeds and docks.
Brothers, Kevin (Litchfield) and Kelly Warner (Homer) skipped jigs around docks for a 16.44-pound limit and third place. They culled through 15 keepers.
More information can be found at www.randbbasscircuit.com