BassWestUSA - March/April, 2011, Page 84


Lake Guntersville

Photos and story by Rick Byrnes

The Final Story

U.S. Angler’s Choice Region 3 Tournament of Champions was held March 8th thru the 11th on one of the best bass sheries in the world Lake Guntersville. At full pool Lake Guntersville stretches 75 miles from Nickajack Dam to Guntersville Dam, covers 69,100 surface acres and boasts 900 miles of beautiful shoreline. This would be the stage in which 182 teams would compete, all looking for that winning pattern or area that would lend enough weight to take home one of three Legend Boats rigged with Mercury Out- boards. The event was hosted by Jackson County Tourism and of- cial lodging site for the event was the Comfort Inn and Suites in Scottsboro, Alabama. Scottsboro offered teams and families plenty of entertainment while not on the water and some fan- tastic places to dine. The people living in the Scottsboro com- munity are some of the friendliest you will nd anywhere in the country. Teams gathered Wednesday for a rst class banquet followed up with a short meeting held at the Scottsboro Goose Pond Civic Center. Southern hospitality was in full force as teams were treated to a fantastic dinner consisting of Sirloin Steak, Baked Chicken, country green beans, baked potatoes, sautéed mushrooms, salad, hot rolls and plenty of deserts to top it off.

Following the dinner of and for champions a brief review of the water and event speci c rules were covered. Teams were of- cially welcomed to the community and lake by J.P. Parsons from Jackson County Tourism and the Mayor of Scottsboro Melton Pot- ter. Legend Boats representative Wayne Diederichs congratulated the attendees on their quali cation and welcomed everyone in at- tendance and letting them know demo rides would be available daily. The evening was then nalized by recognizing each of the divisional anglers of the year teams and awarding plaques for their accomplishments. In the days leading up to the event the skies darkened and rain saturated the area, including four to six inches the day prior to the event. The muddy rising water had many teams scrambling to gure out what the sh were doing and most were reporting a very tough bite. The xed docks in front of the Waterfront Bait and Tackle would not be seen on the rst morning of the event as they were four inches below the surface. This made it challenging for both tournament staff and participating teams but a pre organized plan came together and the event launched without a hitch. As teams woke on that rst day of competition, Mother Nature greeted them with a brisk morning, take off temperatures around

2010 Season Champions Larry Hastings Jr. and Josh Coppedge



March/April 2011