Local angler earns trip to nationals

Bass fisherman, Michael Smith

Michael Smith of the Hub City Bass Club holds up a fish he caught at the recent Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Southeastern Regional Championship at Clarks Hill Lake, Ga.

Special to the News Bulletin
Published: Tuesday, October 23, 2012 at 04:51 PM.

CRESTVIEW — Local angler Michael Smith of Paxton has earned a trip to the Toyota Bassmaster Weekend Series 2012 National Championship at Jasper, Texas. The championship, run by American Bass Anglers, will be Nov. 4-10 on Lake Sam Rayburn.

Smith, 21, had a strong two days of fishing Oct. 5-6 at Clarks Hill Lake in Appling, Ga., finishing fourth out of 127 anglers in the Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Southeastern Regional Championship Divisions. Competitors were from Alabama, South Carolina, Georgia and Tennessee.

Smith’s fourth-place finish earned him the trip to the national championship.

Smith — who caught 11.46 pounds over the two-day tournament — consistently weighed in fish each day. On the first day, he had a 5.34 catch (limit of 3 fish).

He caught his largest bass — 5.01 pounds — on the second day. His total weight on day two was 6.12 pounds with two fish.

Smith won a plaque and a cash prize for his fourth-place finish.

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