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4/25/21 Joe Bass Team Trail Event

Tournament Results On April 25, 2021

General Information
Date April 25, 2021 Reporter Joe Bass
Number of Boats 144 Location Shawnee Bend
Weather/Water Conditions
Water Temperature low to upper 50s Sky Sunny
Air Temperature 60s/70s Generation Medium to strong
Tournament Results
Placement Angler(s) Name Total Keepers Total Weight
1st Place Dennis Berhorst – Jay Ritter 5 19.77
2nd Place John Bennett – Darrell Reach 5 19.05
3rd Place Kenny Sloan – Brendon Mick 5 17.54
Biggest Fish Award
1st Place Biggest Fish Winner Name Biggest Fish Weight
Joe Tucker – Randy Chapman 6.2
Tournament Notes

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144 boats

An end-of-April tournament on Truman Lake is supposed to be a time to celebrate getting through another winter, the annual spring green up and especially giant bass moving shallow.  However, the week leading up to the kickoff derby of the 2021 Tackle HD Joe Bass Team Trail Truman Division saw a seesaw of weather conditions with snow, rain, and a rollercoaster of temperatures.  144 teams gathered at Shawnee Bend with a winter’s worth of anticipation of a heavy stringer and qualifying points for the Tackle HD Joe Bass Invitational to be held at Bucksaw Resort and Marina this fall.  It seems the cream  always rises to the top, and this event did not disappoint as over 1200 pounds of bass were brought to the scales and over 13 pounds was needed to finish in the money.

Local stick Dennis Berhorst teamed with Jay Ritter to top the field with a solid five bass limit weighing 19.77 pounds.  Dennis reported their success came working ½ ounce brown jigs tipped with Zoom Z-Craw Jr’s on shallow gravel banks.  The majority of their bites came in less than 5’ of water, albeit some were off the bank aways, given the gentle slope of their areas.

Another top local team, John Bennett and Darrell Reach, were just behind with a 19.05 pound bag.  They also worked shallow, mixing spinnerbaits and jigs to entice their strikes.

Kenny Sloan and Brendon Mick rounded out the top three with a 17.54 stringer.  Kenny noted their fish came on a mix of baits, including a finesse jig, wacky rigs, and a creature bait.

A 6.20 largemouth, was caught by the team of Joe Tucker and Randy Chapman.  Joe said the big fish bit a green pumpkin baby brush hog flipped with a 3/16  ounce wait in 2’ of water on a flat bank.

Kevin Johnston and Roger Waters took home the highest finishing Skeeter bonus as they put 14.46 pounds of bass into Kevin’s 2020 ZX250 Skeeter.  They caught the majority of their fish on a spinnerbait.

The second event of the Truman Division will take place May 16th with a 6:00am takeoff from Shawnee Bend.  With the exceptional turnouts, take advantage of registering online prior to the event, otherwise, make sure to show up early. Bob will be at the ramp at 4:30 am.

See Truman Lake Fishing Intel contributor Darin Lankford’s report from his day out competing during the tournament HERE.

Tournament Photos

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