2013 Tournament Report for the 8th Annual Warriors on the Water
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Tournament Report for the 8th Annual Warriors on the Water
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Warriors on the Water
April 20, 2013
Tournament Report for the 8th Annual Warriors on the Water.
By Terry Battisti (Bass Fishing Archive)
Temperatures in the upper 80s, sun and a lack of wind pushed the fish at Jordan lake to the bank this past week but as usual the weather didn't hold for the 8th Annual Warriors on the Water event. Tournament day greeted the contestants with high winds , clouds and the threat of rain, tormenting the 200 anglers at the 8th Annual Warriors on the Water event. April 19.
A number of anglers, who had spent a lot of time scoping out bed fish, either couldn't see them anymore or the wind made it nearly impossible to fish their areas. Still, as with any tournament, some were able to adjust and that paid off.
Most of the fish brought to the weigh-in were caught shallow with angler either concentrating on shallow brush or the ever-elusive bed fish. Typical of this time of year, soft plastics played a major role in all the teams that finished in the top 10.
First-place honors went to the team of Will Blanton (civilian) and Dylan Mask (U.S. Army Staff Sergeant). Their 5-fish limit tipped the scales at 21.20 pounds. Second place went to the team of Skeet Bennett (civilian) and Rocky Hart (U.S. Air Force, although Army Airfield) with five fish that went 19.85 pounds. The team of Ethan Cox (civilian) and Jeff Aebischer (U.S. Army, Field Artillery Officer) took third-place with 16.5 pounds for five fish.
Fourth place went to the team of Bryan Deaton (civilian) and Andrew Munoz (U.S. Army Human Resources) with a limit of fish that went 15 pounds and rounding out the fifth-place spot was the team of Joe Trinko (former U.S. Army Gold Knight) and Atlantis Johnson (U.S. Army Engineer) with three fish that tipped the scales down to 14 pounds.
1st Place: Blanton-Mask Sight Fished
Will Blanton has fished Jordan Lake for nearly his entire life and that experience paid off handsomely at the 8th-Annual WOW event.
“I’ve been fishing this lake for nearly 38 years,” Blanton said. “We had a good practice and caught four fish but I was mainly looking for the fish we caught today. In all we had 11 fish for the day.”
Their pattern was sight fishing with creature baits and Texas rigged Senkos in 1- to 3-feet of water.
“It was difficult to see the fish, sometimes only their tails were visible, but when the sun did come out, it made it easier,” Blanton said.
This was Blanton’s 7th year participating in the event.
“This is by far the best tournament I fish every year. I spend more time practicing for this event than all the other I fish".
His partner, Mask, fishing his first WOW event, was pretty excited about the day.
“This was my first time fishing the Warriors on the Water tournament and I had a blast. I’ll definitely be back next year.”
2nd Place: Bennett-Hart A Couple of Firsts
Skeet Bennett and Rocky Hart finished in 2nd place and not without a couple of firsts for themselves. This was Hart’s first experience bass fishing.
“I’d never bass fished before,” he said. “It was amazing to watch Skeet catch that first fish (a 3 1/2-pounder). My heart was racing.”
This was Bennett’s 7th year participating in the WOW event and their 2nd-place finish was the highest he’d ever achieved.
“I fish this event every year,” he said. It’s the most significant event I fish. It’s just great to be able to give back to the servicemen.”
3rd Place: Cox-Aebischer Make it Count
United States Army Field Artillery Officer Jeff Aebischer was fishing his second WOW event, this time with Ethan Cox, a well-known Bassmaster and FLW Outdoors co-angler from West End, NC. It was Cox’s third year participating.
Their practice started with a solid game plan of locating shallow fish.
“I knew due to the long winter we had and the hot weather we’d had the last few days that the good fish would be up shallow,” Cox said. “I started in an area I knew would be protected from the weather we were supposed to have on Friday and it took an hour before I saw the first fish. That fish keyed me in on where the fish would be. They were holding on a certain grass and it had to have deeper water nearby. Then I went to more areas like it and found the fish we’d target the next day.
“The next day we only got six bites and got five of them to the boat. Every one of them was a bed fish.”
Cox and Aebischer caught their fish Texas rigging a Strike King Rage Craw with a Trokar TK130 flipping hook.
Aebischer was pretty excited to do so well in his second WOW event.
“This was just awesome,” he said. “I’ve fished in Tennessee and Kentucky and today fishing with Ethan I learned a lot.”
Like many of the other volunteer anglers, Cox holds this event in high regard.
“This tournament means a whole lot to me. I come from a town that has a lot of military and some in my family have been in the military. It’s the last thing I can do to show my appreciation for what they do for us.”
4th Place: Deaton-Munoz Stayed Shallow
Bryan Deaton (civilian) and Andrew Munoz (U.S. Army Human Resources) stayed shallow all day fishing a Zoom Trick Worm (junebug) and a Yum Wooly Beaver to take their limit of fish. It was Deaton’s 5th year participating in the event.
It’s an honor to fish this event,” Deaton said. “These guys work every day for us and it’s nice to give back a little.”
Munoz was very appreciative of the event.
“This is a classy tournament with an all-volunteer group of people putting it on. It’s a blessing and I hope it continues.”
5th Place: Trinko-Johnson Weigh Three
The team of Joe Trinko (former U.S. Army Gold Knight) and Atlantis Johnson (U.S. Army Engineer) only weighed in three fish but they were the right ones tipping the scales at 14 pounds. They reported catching all their fish shallow.
Kashif M Memon Memorial Big Fish Award
Big fish of the event went to the team of Erik Lentine and Jason Longfellow with a 7.20-pound largemouth. They won Kashif M Memon memorial trophies and $250 in cash.
In all, 156 boats participated in the event.
Warriors on the Water is a non-profit organization, founded by three combat veterans, as a way in which to show continued appreciation to the men and women who serve today.