(Nov. 11, 2012 - Satsuma, AL)...
Brewton, Alabama residents, Donnie and Brian Moye, netted an additional 11.72 lbs today and seized the win at the 2012 FOM STREN Team Series, Tensaw Delta, South East Regional Championship that launched out of Mobile County (Dead Lake) River Delta Marina. Donnie and son, Brian, easily bested all competitors by nearly 5-pounds for their tournament total of 26.61, which included the Day 2, 2nd Big Fish at 3.83 lbs. Donnie and Brian earned a brand new Skeeter ZX 190 150hp Yamaha package valued at more than $30,000.00 and a berth to next May’s national championship, along with a good share of Bonus Bucks.
Brian and Donnie winning tactics entailed, probing deep-water creek bends and small backwater bay-like areas with jigs, along with texas-rigged worms. Their winning catch came slowly each day as they methodically worked several areas located nearby their 50-minute run up the Mobile River.
Jeremy Lowery and Jason Jernigan vaulted all the way up from Friday’s 9th place to finish second with 21.95 lbs and also catch the Day 2, 1st Big Fish weighing 5.18 lbs. Clinging to 9.54 lbs on Day 1, the two boated 12.41 today by tossing char-blk and sexy shad Strike King, KVD 1.5s into tree tops that had blown down into shallow water. The pair said that they had lost numerous big fish each day as they entangled themselves in the wood. Their fish would move up into the woody shallows as the sun rose up and warmed the water from mid-morning throughout the rest of the day. By trying to skirt the tangles, Jason and Jeremy saw that the fish would only bite when they cast right up into the thick stuff and bounce their baits off of the limbs.
Third place finishers Dan and Troy Morrow, South Carolina Upstate, made a 75-minute run up the Alabama River each day to collect 13.98 on Day 1 and another 7.23 today for a total of 21.21 lbs. Troy said the fish turned off today even with warmer temperatures. On Day 1 he and Dan limited out within the first 30 minutes and they spent the rest of the day culling. His 4.18 lbs, Day 1, 2nd Big Fish fell for a Zoom Trick Worm, while most bass during the event ate Zoom Baby Brush Hogs, flipped in and around laydowns in 2 to 12 feet of water.
Georgia South anglers Neil Stillwell and Don Duke held their 4th place slot each day by running about 20 miles south each day and ripping quarter-ounce, chrome, Rat-L-Traps along grass lines in 2 to 5 feet of water. Neil and Don netted consistent catches of 10.50 and 10.17 for a 2-day total of 20.67 lbs.
Fifth place finishers James Blanton and Michael James, Alabama South, moved up from 10th by boating 9.54 and 9.92, respectively. Their 19.46 lbs came from 6 places they had located about 25 miles up the main river delta where they worked hand-tied, pumpkin seed, jigs and cast clear-green, silver-flaked, War Eagle Spot Remover spinnerbaits along hard clay banks with laydowns. Their fish were holed up in the wood in 2 to 3 feet of water.
Derrick and Blane Millirons, out of the Georgia South Div., qualified for the national championship by being the highest placing adult-youth team with 17.81 lbs.
Jackie and Lisa Cox, Alabama South, captured 1st place, male-female team with 15.04 lbs.
To earn a spot in the South East Regional Championship, anglers from divisions in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina had to battle their way to the top of their respective divisions through five qualifying events held this past spring and summer. Points are awarded to the competitors according to how they place in the tournaments. Anglers also are awarded 50 extra points for attending the Friday-night meetings.
The top 10 teams by weight and the highest placing team from each division, not already qualified, along with the highest finishing Adult-Youth and Male-Female teams from all 2012 Regional Championships will earn a berth to the 2012/2013 Stren Team Series, National Championship, Presented by Pflueger, which will be held May 16th, 17th, and 18th on Clarks Hill Reservoir in Columbia County Georgia, where the first place prize will be a 2013 Skeeter FX-21 powered by the strong running Yamaha 250/SHO and the second place prize, a Skeeter ZX190 powered by a Yamaha 150, or cash prizes.
We wholeheartedly thank everyone who participated in bringing the championship to the Tensaw Delta; David Randal CEO, and Linda Worley, National Sales Manager with the Mobile Bay Convention and Visitors Bureau. We also thank Danny Cory with the Mobile Sports Authority and Edith Butler, Director of Events for the City of Satsuma and Steel Creek Park, Nick Patel at La Quinta Inn and Suites, Satsuma, as the housing host, Catfish Junction Catering, and everyone at Dead Lake Marina (Mobile County River Delta Marina) Creola, AL, who are second to none in launching boats and vehicle parking management.
We also want to thank all the fine companies that make Fishers of Men possible: Stren (the Team Series Presenting Sponsor), Skeeter Boats, Yamaha Outboards, Pflueger Fishing, Markel American Insurance Company, Nestor Hosiery, Strike King Lure Company, Power Pole, Marshall’s Marine, Helly Hansen Outdoor Gear/Sporting Goods, Keelshield, Buckeye Lures, Jacobs Glass, Solar Bat, Duckett Fishing, Berkley Fishing Products, Outdoor Specialty Products (Rejuvenade "Next Generation"), Abu Garcia, Markel American Insurance, Nester Hosiery, Power Pole,