Gnewikow, Sain take top honors at Triton event
Article and images courtesy of American Bass Anglers
Congratulations to BoatUS ANGLER Pro Staffer David Gnewikow and Jason Sain on winning the 2013 Triton Owner's Tournament at Kentucky Lake, TN.
PARIS, Tenn. – David Gnewikow and Jason Sain beat more than 300 other teams to win the 14th annual Triton Owners Tournament, held May 31 and June 1, 2013, on Kentucky Lake near Paris, Tenn.
Running out of Paris Landing State Park to fish the massive system, Gnewikow and Sain finished with a perfect two-day tournament limit weighing 44.10 pounds for a 4.41-pound average. For the win, they took home $7,500 in cash and a set of Carlisle trailer tires.
“I have to thank Royal Purple for all their support,” explained Gnewikow, a Royal Purple pro from Mount Juliet, Tenn. “Without their help, I couldn’t get out on the lake and do this.”
Kentucky Lake spreads over 160,300 acres and runs 84 miles along the Tennessee River, creating more than 2,400 miles of shoreline. It connects to the 57,900-acre Lake Barkley on the Cumberland River. Lake Barkley offers anglers about 1,004 miles of shoreline. If flattened into a straight line, the combined shoreline from the two lakes and associated waters would stretch almost from Boston to San Francisco.
“I fish this area a lot,” Gnewikow explained. “In practice, I found a spot and caught a 4- and a 5-pounder on back-to-back casts. We spent a lot of time there on Day 1 and pulled four of our weigh fish from that one spot. We fished grassy areas south of Paris that had some shell beds close to them in about 16 to 17 feet of water.”
Fishing south of Paris Landing on Kentucky Lake, Gnewikow and Sain returned to the landing with 21.27 pounds to hold sixth place on the first day of competition. They caught fish on various lures including crankbaits and soft plastics.
“We caught fish on a little bit of everything,” Gnewikow revealed. “We caught some on a Strike King Thumper worm and some on a Strike King 6XD crankbait in chartreuse sexy shad and two or three on swimbaits.”
On the second day, the winning duo started in the same place, but that spot didn’t pan out as well. In the afternoon, they used their side-scan electronics to look for more bass hovering near shell beds along river channel ledges. Later, they capped their day at a secret honey hole close to Paris Landing. On Day 2, they increased their catch to 22.83 pounds.
“On the second day, we had to scramble,” Gnewikow admitted. “We spent about four hours on our primary spot. We caught two good fish and three little ones. At about 1 p.m., we went looking for more fish and caught about 30 out of a school including several big ones. With 20 minutes to go, I pulled up on a spot that usually produces one good fish. We caught a 5.5-pounder with about 10 minutes left and culled a small fish. That put us over.”
The husband and wife team of Stephen and Tracy Whitehead finished in second place with 10 bass weighing 43.44 pounds topped by a 7.18-pound kicker. They also held second on Day 1 with 24.29 pounds. On the final day, they added 19.15 pounds and took home a check for $3,300.
Mark Pierce and Jeff Giarrizzo placed third with a 10-bass two-day limit for 41.15 pounds including a 4.92-pounder. They brought in 20.04 pounds on Day 1 and another 21.11 on Day 2.
Mickey Beck, a Carlisle Tires pro, and John Dickerson finished fourth with 10 bass going 39.57 pounds. They caught 22.21 pounds on Day 1 and 17.36 pounds on Day 2.
Keith Singleton and Steve Mull followed in fifth place with a two-day limit of 10 bass weighing 39.12 pounds. On Day 1, the team caught 20.65 pounds and brought in 18.47 pounds on the final day.
David Hicks and Steve Higgins landed the tournament lunker, an 8.04-pounder. They finished with a two-day total of 23.28 pounds. In all, the anglers brought in 2,399 keepers for a total weight of 6,931.28 pounds.
Besides cash prizes for catching good sacks of fish, many competitors returned home with valuable door prizes from numerous sponsors. Topping the list of door prize winners, Stephen Crouse of Greenfield, Tenn., won a drawing for a new fully rigged Triton 21HP boat package powered by a 250-horsepower Mercury outboard and equipped with a Power Pole, Lowrance electronics, a MotorGuide trolling motor and other features. The package retails for more than $60,000.
For more information on the tournament, call 1-888-8TRITON. On line, see www.tritonboats.com/triton_owners_home.aspx.
Final Results - http://www.americanbassanglers.com/TOT2013Day2.html