Auten and Tierney Win Toyota Event on Lake Norman

Todd Auten and Pat Tierney thought they had a good sack, 10 or 11 pounds maybe, but instead the pair had a solid 13 pounds, 1 ounce, enough to best the rest of the field at the Toyota Trucks Bonus Bucks Owners Tournament on Lake Norman by 2 pounds, 4 ounces.

“I was just hunting and pecking all day,” said Auten, a former Bassmaster Elite Series pro from Lake Wylie, S.C. “The fish were scattered. You couldn’t pin them down, so you just had to fish the whole area once you found a good spot.”

The two-man team fished docks and brushpiles in main channel pockets in the upper and midsection of the lake. They ran only 20 to 30 minutes from the launch area and stayed in about the same area all day.

“We fished a lot of good stuff and never got a bite,” said Tierney. “It was really hard out there.”

Auten and Tierney were among the 32 boats that brought in a five-fish limit. Of the 75 teams, 17 zeroed. Many of the anglers had a hard time catching fish that measured a full 14 inches, and several — including the winners — complained of missed fish and breakoffs.

Auten and Tierney caught their two biggest bass on a white homemade buzzbait. The other three came on a Shooter Jigs jig with a green pumpkin Zoom Super Chunk or a shaky head rig with a 4-inch Zoom Finesse Worm (green pumpkin). Tierney fished with a 6-10 medium-heavy Shimano Clarus rod and a Quantum KVD reel with a 6.2:1 gear ratio. Auten’s setup was a 7-0 medium-heavy All Star Rods 845 rod with a Pflueger Supreme baitcast reel. Both used 20-pound-test Bass Pro Shops Excel Clear monofilament.

The winning team took home a check for $5,000. And Auten’s cash winnings didn’t stop with his first place prize, he also picked up a $500 “Weigh-to-Win” bonus because of his membership in the BoatUS ANGLER supported program. Auten and Tierney also tied for the Bass Pro Shops Big Bass award, with a 4-pound, 2-ounce beauty. Shane Lineberger and Hank Cherry, who came in third with 10 pounds, 10 ounces, caught the other big fish. The second-place team of Joel Ross and Jerry Goble brought in a limit of 10 pounds, 13 ounces.

“This is a great deal here,” said Auten. “You don’t get the opportunity to fish free hardly ever.” The Toyota Trucks Bonus Bucks Owners Tournament required no entry fee. Instead, competitors simply had to be a participant in the Toyota Trucks Bonus Bucks program.

Because of the $0 entry fee, many competitors said they came out merely to have a good time. “As soon as I found out about this tournament, I signed up for it,” said Markus Whitman of North Carolina. “I’m just here for fun!”

Several pros were in attendance for the event — and not just bass pros. Racing stars Timothy Peters and Parker Kligerman, who are currently in the Top 5 in the 2012 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Official Driver Standings, visited today’s weigh-in and met Bassmaster Elite Series pros Terry Scroggins, Michael Iaconelli and Gerald Swindle.

“They were cool to meet,” said Kligerman, “especially because we have such similar lives. They’ve got a lot of personality.”

Peters even went fishing with Kevin VanDam this morning. “I understand he’s the Dale Earnhardt of the fishing world,” said Peters. “He taught me how to use a baitcaster today, and he gave me a rod, reel and some lures. And I caught a bass, too!”

This tournament is the first of its kind for Toyota Trucks Bonus Bucks owners, and it’s planned to become an annual event.

“This is our way of thanking the working guy for buying the truck,” said Alan McGuckin, a representative of Toyota. “This has really been great.”

About B.A.S.S.

For more than 40 years, B.A.S.S. has served as the authority on bass fishing. The organization advances the sport through advocacy, outreach and an expansive tournament structure while connecting directly with the passionate community of bass anglers through its Bassmaster media vehicles. The Bassmaster brand and its multimedia platforms are guided by a mission to serve all fishing fans. Through its industry-leading publications — Bassmaster Magazine and B.A.S.S. Times — comprehensive website Bassmaster.com and ESPN2 and Outdoor Channel television programming, Bassmaster provides rich, leading-edge content true to the lifestyle. The Bassmaster Tournament Trail includes the Bassmaster Elite Series, Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Open Series, Carhartt Bassmaster College Series, Cabela’s B.A.S.S. Federation Nation events and the ultimate celebration of competitive fishing, the Bassmaster Classic. B.A.S.S. offers an array of services to its more than 500,000 members and remains focused on issues related to conservation and water access. The organization is headquartered in Birmingham, Ala.

2012 Toyota Trucks Bonus Buck Owners Tournament 11/14-11/14

Lake Norman, Charlotte  NC.

Standings

     Angler                   Hometown              No./lbs-oz  Pts 

 

1.  Todd Auten             Lake Wylie, SC           5  13-01    0

Day 1: 5   13-01

2.  Joel Ross              Brandon, MS              5  10-13    0

Day 1: 5   10-13

3.  Shane Lineberger       Lincolnton, NC           5  10-10    0

Day 1: 5   10-10

4.  Todd Massey            Chapel Hill, NC          5  10-07    0

Day 1: 5   10-07

5.  Tony Hatten            Huntersville, NC         5  10-01    0

Day 1: 5   10-01

6.  Pete Bejte             Charlotte, NC            5  09-11    0

Day 1: 5   09-11

7.  Troy Lehew             Charlotte, NC            5  09-08    0

Day 1: 5   09-08

8.  Brad Voegele           Hamilton, AL             5  09-07    0

Day 1: 5   09-07

9.  Joshua Queen           Lincolton, NC            5  09-02    0

Day 1: 5   09-02

9.  David G Williams       Maiden, NC               5  09-02    0

Day 1: 5   09-02

11. Thomas Coleman         Kernersville, NC         5  09-00    0

Day 1: 5   09-00

11. Dwayne Linkous         Dublin, VA               5  09-00    0

Day 1: 5   09-00

13. Ray Gilleland          Davidson, NC             5  08-15    0

Day 1: 5   08-15

14. Brad Wright            Granite Falls, NC        5  08-14    0

Day 1: 5   08-14

15. Wayne Hauser           Mooresville, NC          5  08-10    0

Day 1: 5   08-10

15. Joseph Trinko          Southern Pines, NC       5  08-10    0

Day 1: 5   08-10

17. Derrick Bridges        Greenville, SC           5  08-08    0

Day 1: 5   08-08

17. Jimmy Hale Jr          Martinsville, VA         5  08-08    0

Day 1: 5   08-08

19. Brent Long             Cornelius, NC            5  08-07    0

Day 1: 5   08-07

19. Phil Mansfield         Palm Harbor, FL          5  08-07    0

Day 1: 5   08-07

21. Charles Fox            Dallas, NC               5  08-06    0

Day 1: 5   08-06

22. Bryan Lefever          Stateville, NC           5  08-03    0

Day 1: 5   08-03

23. Paul McDowell Jr       Princeton, WV            5  08-00    0

Day 1: 5   08-00

24. Rick Steckelbeg        Eastonllee, GA           5  07-15    0

Day 1: 5   07-15

25. Rob Middleton          Huntersville, NC         5  07-11    0

Day 1: 5   07-11

26. Vann Gilleland         Concord, NC              5  07-09    0

Day 1: 5   07-09

27. Phillip Witmer         Huddleston, VA           5  07-08    0

Day 1: 5   07-08

28. Markus Whitman         Elon, NC                 5  07-07    0

Day 1: 5   07-07

29. Tim Malone             Gatlinburg, TN           5  07-03    0

Day 1: 5   07-03

30. David Burqin           Lincolnton, NC           5  07-00    0

Day 1: 5   07-00

31. Darren Raabe           Sumter, SC               4  07-00    0

Day 1: 4   07-00

32. Chris Allison          West Portsmouth, OH      5  06-15    0

Day 1: 5   06-15

33. Steve Miller           Mechanicsville, VA       5  06-10    0

Day 1: 5   06-10

34. Adam Evans             Dandridge, TN            4  05-15    0

Day 1: 4   05-15

35. Greg Lyko              Pelzer, SC               4  05-12    0

Day 1: 4   05-12

36. Bradwell Sampey        Savannah, GA             4  05-08    0

Day 1: 4   05-08

37. Scott Dupree           Wake Forest, NC          3  05-00    0

Day 1: 3   05-00

38. Duane D Glassco        Chester, VA              3  04-05    0

Day 1: 3   04-05

39. Carey Matheson         Mooresville, NC          2  04-01    0

Day 1: 2   04-01

40. James Mcmullen         Quakertown, PA           2  03-13    0

Day 1: 2   03-13

41. Hamilton Derricott     Chesterfield, VA         2  03-11    0

Day 1: 2   03-11

42. Larry M Edwards        Pipestem, WV             3  03-08    0

Day 1: 3   03-08

43. Melvin Harris          Mt. Pleasant, NC         2  03-01    0

Day 1: 2   03-01

44. Jim Cline              Mount Holly, NC          2  02-10    0

Day 1: 2   02-10

45. Darrell Pons Sr.       Gainesville, FL          2  02-06    0

Day 1: 2   02-06

46. Christopher Graham     Camden, SC               1  02-06    0

Day 1: 1   02-06

47. Rondell Chambers       Henrico, VA              1  01-13    0

Day 1: 1   01-13

48. Frank Mackin           New Port Richey, FL      1  01-11    0

Day 1: 1   01-11

49. Edgar Alewine          Lexington, SC            1  01-08    0

Day 1: 1   01-08

50. Charles Donahue        Clayton, DE              1  01-07    0

Day 1: 1   01-07

50. Jeffrey Myers          Martinsburg, WV          1  01-07    0

Day 1: 1   01-07

52. Garry Rogers           Statesville, NC          2  01-06    0

Day 1: 2   01-06

53. Matthew Dissinger      Lebanon, PA              1  01-05    0

Day 1: 1   01-05

54. Chris Hamilton         LaGrange, NC             1  01-03    0

Day 1: 1   01-03

55. James Turner           Charlotte, NC            2  01-02    0

Day 1: 2   01-02

56. Travis Dehart          Greenville, SC           1  01-01    0

Day 1: 1   01-01

56. Gregg Keller           Ellabell, GA             1  01-01    0

Day 1: 1   01-01

58. Lewis Bouhkris         Hendersonville, NC       0  00-00    0

Day 1: 0   00-00

58. Jerry Burford          Lawrenceville, GA        0  00-00    0

Day 1: 0   00-00

58. David Converse         Carthage, NY             0  00-00    0

Day 1: 0   00-00

58. James Dickens          Beauex, WV               0  00-00    0

Day 1: 0   00-00

58. Vernie Haltwinger      Lexington, SC            0  00-00    0

Day 1: 0   00-00

58. Paul Ham               West Columbia, SC        0  00-00    0

Day 1: 0   00-00

58. William Jones          Ponte Vedra Beach, FL    0  00-00    0

Day 1: 0   00-00

58. Scott Kennedy          Mooresville, NC          0  00-00    0

Day 1: 0   00-00

58. Deandrae Kimbrough     Tuscaloosa, AL           0  00-00    0

Day 1: 0   00-00

58. Eric Klotz             Bowling Green, OH        0  00-00    0

Day 1: 0   00-00

58. Jim Lovelace           Liberty Township, OH     0  00-00    0

Day 1: 0   00-00

58. Greg Ory                                        0  00-00    0

Day 1: 0   00-00

58. Lynn Roller            Fort Worth, TX           0  00-00    0

Day 1: 0   00-00

58. Brett Self             Griffin, GA              0  00-00    0

Day 1: 0   00-00

58. Joel Setser            Daniels, WV              0  00-00    0

Day 1: 0   00-00

58. David Sharpe           Statesville, NC          0  00-00    0

Day 1: 0   00-00

58. Jeff Tant              Eden, NC                 0  00-00    0

Day 1: 0   00-00

58. Ronald Waters          Denver, NC               0  00-00    0

Day 1: 0   00-00

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Totals

Day   #Limits    #Fish      Weight

1        32       211       353-04

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32       211       353-04

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