SMITHVILLE — Bassmasters of Smithville recently returned to Smithville Lake, a place they call home, for a springtime tournament.
Mike Perdue topped the 24-man field in May. Perdue's catch was heavy enough to claim the top prize with a winning weight of 14.34 pounds. His bag also included the tournament's big bass of 5.58 pounds.
"The bite was really slow for me. I caught a keeper on Senko and stuck with that bait for the rest of the day," Perdue said. "We moved to a new point and I pitched my worm next to a lay down, got a bite, set the hook but nothing moved. I thought I had hung the tree but then my big fish finally broke free and I was able to get her in the boat."
Mike Anhorn caught three keeper bass and placed second with a weight of 10.88 pounds. Smithville resident Travis Rivest finished in third with a total weight of 7.17 pounds.
The day's bass made it tough on the field with half of the anglers not able to boat a keeper fish. Twelve anglers brought 22 fish to the scales with a total weight of 61.65 pounds.
Participants also had a chance to win raffle prizes. Members Jeff Lang and Tuan Le won $50 fuel cards while new member Willie Riggs took home a gift card from Savannah Marine.
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