One hot summer day kicked off the 2010 TBF Southern Division Championship presented by Eufaula Barbour County Chamber of Commerce in Eufaula, Ala., today as 83 anglers from seven states vie for the championship titles both overall and for their respective state teams. 14 TBF anglers will advance to the 2011 Federation National Championship. There’s a lot on the line; you could see it on their faces as the first push was made on day one of the 2010 Southern Division Championship.
Georgia is leading with 57 fish weighing 153lb 14ounces. It was close all day, but in the end their state team put together some nice bags to pull out on top. Just a good day’s catch away, is the North Carolina state team with 47 fish weighing 129lb 9ounces. In third, Florida with 50 fish weighing 119lb 1ounces. Just pounds behind them, with 43 fish weighing 117lb 13ounces is the state team of South Carolina. Next, is Tennessee with 45 fish weighing 107lb 5ounces. Alabama and Kentucky follow close with 104lb 4ounces and 100lb 7ounces respectively.
Just one ounce separates the top angler in the overall standings, Brian Fritts, from Raleigh, N.C. Fritts caught a limit of
bass weighing 20lb 8ounces. He is representing the North Carolina state team this week and has helped his team hold down the second place spot.
One ounce behind him is Herman Vining, from Gilbert, S.C. who brought in a limit of bass weighing 20lb 7ounces. Vining is the South Carolina Team Captain and is leading his team well. He had a few top-water spots in the morning and caught a limit of bass in the first hour. “We went back to those spots later and just found bigger fish; I ended up culling everything for some better keepers,” Vining said. “I hope it goes well again tomorrow; today, I lost a six and four pounder, which would have definitely put me up there.” Right on his heels, Joe Harris, from Taylorsville, Ga., had a limit weighing 19lb 15ounces. In fourth, Marvin Horton, from Palmetto, Ga., with four fish weighing 19lb 11ounces. Next, Gregory Hoskinson, from Lousiville, Ky., with five fish weighing 19lb 2ounces. There’s only a five pound spread between the first and fifteenth anglers, so tomorrow, anything can and will certainly happen.
Georgia’s Allen Helbert is leadinng the big bass pool with a 6.13 ounce beauty weighed in today.
Full results are here.