Alabama’s Carden Holds On, Wins B.A.S.S. Nation Southern Divisional
Apr 2013 26

DANDRIDGE, Tenn. — Coby Carden held onto his Day 2 lead to win the 2013 B.A.S.S. Nation Southern Divisional today on Tennessee’s Douglas Lake, and it was a catch in the last 10 minutes of competition that sealed the deal for him.

“It was tough today,” said Carden after his win. The LA Po Boys club member from Calera, Ala., started strong with a limit by 9 a.m. But culling up was a problem. He went without a bite for 3 1/2 hours, he said, and when he changed spots and started catching fish, none of them were big enough to increase his sack.

Carden said he thought he wouldn’t have enough to maintain the 3-pound, 11-ounce lead he established in Day 2 of competition. As he was heading back to the ramp for weigh-in, he realized he had about 10 minutes left to kill.

“So I pulled into a shallow pocket that I had fished a little during practice, and I threw a crankbait,” he said.

What resulted was a strike from a 4-pounder that made the race between him and the second-place angler, Drew Sadler, not nearly as close.

Carden won the Southern Divisional with a total weight of 49 pounds, 5 ounces. Sadler’s runner-up weight was 44-14.

Carden credits two lures for his win, a black-and-blue Missile Baits D Bomb creature bait and a Strike King 6XD crankbait in citrus shad. He flipped the D Bomb in shallow water using a 7-5 G.Loomis GLX flipping stick with a Shimano Chronarch reel and 20-pound Sunline. He fished the crankbait when he went into deeper water, using a 7-11 G.Loomis GLX cranking rod and a Shimano Core 100MG reel with 12-pound-test Sunline.

Carden, who fished pro-level events with B.A.S.S. from 1999 to 2005, has since chosen a career as a salesman at Builders First Source so he can stay at home with his family. But the dream of competing in the Bassmaster Classic still lives on, and he now has the opportunity to pursue that dream. By being the top angler on the Alabama state team, he is invited to fish in the 2013 B.A.S.S. Nation Championship on Arkansas’ Lake Dardanelle, Oct. 24-26. The Southern division representative who performs best there will advance to the 2014 Bassmaster Classic.

Joining Carden at the championship will be the six other state team leaders: David Boyd, Florida; Chris Blair, Georgia; Drew Sadler, Kentucky; Cory Leonard, North Carolina; John Proctor, South Carolina; and Mark Pierce, Tennessee.

The Alabama state team not only had the overall winner in Carden, but it also got the trophy for being the top state in cumulative weight. Alabama’s team members brought 417 pounds, 12 ounces to the scales. Behind Alabama were South Carolina with 381-14 and North Carolina with 365-6.

The Carhartt Big Bass of the tournament came on Day 2 from Tennessee’s Derick Leppin. His 6-4 bass eclipsed the other big bass of the tournament — Quentin Vercher’s 5-3 on Day 1 and Jeremy Sabo’s 5-8 on the final day.

The next 2013 B.A.S.S. Nation Championship qualifier event will be the 2013 B.A.S.S. Nation Central Divisional, June 5-7, on Texas’ Sam Rayburn Reservoir. Stay tuned to Bassmaster.com for coverage.

2013 B.A.S.S. Nation Official Sponsors: Toyota, Bass Pro Shops, Berkley, Evan Williams Bourbon, Humminbird, Mercury, Minn Kota, Nitro, Skeeter Boats, Triton Boats, Yamaha

2013 B.A.S.S. Nation Supporting Sponsors: Boat US, Carhartt, Diet Mountain Dew, Livingston Lures, Lowrance, Luck-E-Strike, Power-Pole, Shimano

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Media Contact: Cara Clark, 205-313-0955, cclark@bassmaster.com, or Dave Precht, 205-313-0931, dprecht@bassmaster.com.

2013 B.A.S.S. Nation Southern Divisional 4/22-4/26

Douglas Lake, Dandridge   TN.

Standings Day 3

   Angler                   Hometown              No./lbs-oz  Pts 

1.  Coby Carden            Calera, AL (AL)         15  49-05  0

2.  Drew Sadler            Richmond , KY (KY)      15  44-14  0

3.  Cory Leonard           Castalia, NC (NC)       15  43-14  0

4.  Joe Lay                Duncanville, AL (AL)    13  43-12  0

5.  Chris Blair            Newnan, GA (GA)         15  39-10  0

6.  Roger Hoover           Mooresville, NC (NC)    14  39-07  0

7.  Brian Fritts           Raleigh, NC (NC)        15  39-02  0

8.  David Boyd             Quincy, FL (FL)         15  37-11  0

9.  John Proctor           Conway, SC (SC)         15  37-01  0

10. Craig Monnin           Cumming, GA (GA)        15  34-04  0

11. Chuck Murray           Louisburg, NC (NC)      15  33-13  0

12. Lee Byrd               Birmingham, AL (AL)     15  33-07  0

13. Tony Beck              Social Circle, GA (GA)  15  33-06  0

14. Ryan Rakestraw         Lithia Springs, GA (GA) 14  32-07  0

15. Bruce Sargent          Gardendale, AL (AL)     14  32-04  0

16. James Clements         Vidalia, GA (SC)        15  32-03  0

17. Mike Williams          Lancaster, KY (KY)      15  30-15  0

18. Don Hogue              Cropwell, AL (AL)       14  30-14  0

19. Bryan Gunter           Ninety Six, SC (SC)     13  30-14  0

20. Gregory Weber          Louisville, KY (KY)     15  30-12  0

21. Conrad Bolt            Seneca, SC (SC)         15  30-11  0

22. Tim McTyre             Powder Springs, GA (GA) 14  30-10  0

23. Kyle Christopher       Irvine, KY (KY)         14  30-09  0

24. Frank Raymer           Brandenburg, KY (KY)    15  30-08  0

25. Chris Blanchette       Irmo, SC (SC)           15  30-06  0

26. Marty Giddens          Alpine, AL (AL)         15  30-05  0

27. Quentin Vercher        Titus, AL (AL)          15  30-04  0

28. Allen Duke             Port St Joe, FL (FL)    15  28-12  0

29. Mark Pierce            Clarksville, TN (TN)    14  28-01  0

30. Lenny Smathers         Granite Falls, NC (NC)  15  27-10  0

31. Samuel C Fish          Hoover, AL (AL)         12  27-09  0

32. Rich Young             Melbourne, KY (KY)      15  27-06  0

33. George Crain           Cropwell, AL (AL)       15  27-02  0

34. Jeff Giarrizzo         Clarksville, TN (TN)    13  26-14  0

35. Andrew Presley         Harriman, TN (TN)       15  26-14  0

36. Eulon Lee Jr.          Montgomery, AL (AL)     15  26-14  0

37. James D Willis Jr      Fountain, SC (SC)       14  26-13  0

38. Rodney Chastain        Fountain Inn, SC (SC)   15  26-02  0

39. Rob Digh               Denver, NC (NC)         15  26-01  0

40. Christopher Scott Campbell Ludovici, GA (TN)       15  26-00  0

41. Chris Jones            Conway, SC (SC)         15  25-07  0

42. Ryan O’Shea            Crestview , FL (FL)     14  25-01  0

43. Jason Turner           Anderson, SC (SC)       15  25-01  0

44. Eric J Silverstrim     Indian Mound, TN (TN)   13  24-14  0

45. Bigworm Ludwig         Auburn, GA (GA)         10  24-12  0

46. Kevin Allen            Newnan , GA (GA)        11  24-09  0

47. Mark Strohauer         Kennesaw, GA (GA)       12  24-07  0

48. Juke Hamner            Harpersville, AL (AL)   15  24-05  0

49. Brad Smith             Brownsville, TN (TN)    14  23-08  0

50. Rick Carson            Gastonia, NC (SC)       12  23-00  0

51. Reggie Guffey          Bessemer , NC (NC)      15  23-00  0

52. Jason Nunley           Iuka, MS (TN)           14  22-09  0

53. Bobby Smith            Panama City, FL (FL)    14  22-06  0

54. Justin Nichols         Tuscaloosa, AL (AL)     11  22-01  0

55. Sidney Weaver          Cherryville, NC (SC)    13  22-00  0

56. David  R Presley       Kingston , TN (TN)      14  21-13  0

57. Shane Lineberger       Lincolnton, NC (NC)     13  21-08  0

58. Chris Moody            Fayetteville, GA (GA)   12  21-02  0

59. Michael Smith          Laurel Hill, FL (FL)    12  21-01  0

60. Randy Hoedt            Land O’Lakes, FL (FL)   12  21-01  0

61. Charles D Wheeler      Lexington, TN (TN)      13  21-00  0

62. Matthew  Bret Taylor   Troy, TN (TN)           12  20-15  0

63. Scott Hamrick          Denver, NC (NC)         13  20-11  0

64. Paul Tyre              Tallahassee, FL (FL)    14  20-09  0

65. Terry Watson           Douglasville, GA (GA)   12  19-13  0

66. Blake Campbell         Anderson, SC (SC)       12  19-09  0

67. Rick Brown             Louisa , KY (KY)        9  19-08  0

68. Mark Estep             Russell , KY (KY)       11  19-06  0

69. David Taylor           Louisville, KY (KY)     12  19-01  0

70. Jason Lambert          Pickwick Dam, TN (TN)   11  19-00  0

71. Pete Fargo             Acworth, GA (GA)        10  18-15  0

72. Randy Groves           Creedmoor, NC (NC)      10  18-06  0

73. Stephen Noble          Newpost, KY (KY)        11  18-00  0

74. Derick Leppin          Cordova, TN (TN)        8  17-15  0

75. Gary Paul              Cape Coral, FL (FL)     10  17-12  0

76. Jeremy Sabo            Clayton, NC (NC)        9  17-11  0

77. Dennis Hanley          Mount Dora, FL (FL)     12  17-09  0

78. Larry Martin           Anderson, SC (SC)       8  16-15  0

79. Mike Kim               Roswell, GA (GA)        12  16-05  0

80. Steve Hildebran        Mt Holly, NC (NC)       8  16-03  0

81. Tom  Bateman           Orlando, FL (FL)        12  16-02  0

82. Xavier Tiberghien      Randburg, SC (SC)       11  15-09  0

83. Dustin Hagwood         Spring Hope, NC (NC)    11  14-15  0

84. Dean Favorite          Paris, KY (KY)          9  14-14  0

85. Larry Bullock          Pensacola, FL (AL)      8  14-11  0

86. Shayne Alderman        Hilliard, FL (FL)       8  14-01  0

87. Joseph T Von Hoene     Erlanger, KY (KY)       7  13-14  0

88. Glenn Sageser          Shelbyville, KY (KY)    8  13-13  0

89. Aaron Richardson       Destin, FL (FL)         5  13-11  0

90. Patrick Currie         Millry , AL (AL)        7  13-10  0

91. Vernon Ward            Mary Esther, FL (FL)    8  13-04  0

92. Ben Stone              Donalds, SC (SC)        5  12-06  0

93. Mike Hoover            Jackson, TN (TN)        8  12-01  0

94. Drew Cook              Quincy , FL (FL)        5  11-14  0

95. Clayton Childs         Bishop, GA (GA)         5  10-08  0

96. Rick Crouch            Tullahoma, TN (TN)      6  10-08  0

97. Bryan Asay             Newnan GA YEMEN (GA)    8  10-03  0

98. Jeff Farrell           Garner, NC (NC)         6  10-02  0

99. Matthew Mullins        Douglasville, GA (GA)   5  10-01  0

100. John Coble Garrett     Union City, TN (TN)     5  09-04  0

101. Jerry Kelley           Wewahitchka, FL (FL)    6  08-14  0

102. Mark Cooper            Nicholasville, KY (KY)  6  08-02  0

103. JT Rawski JR           Honea Path, SC (SC)     5  07-13  0

104. David Morton           Suwanee, GA (GA)        5  07-11  0

105. Keith Sickler          Cincinnati, OH (KY)     5  07-05  0

106. Ryan Parks             Vincent , AL (AL)       5  07-03  0

107. Ethan  James Howard    Lucama , NC (NC)        5  06-12  0

108. Collin Gregory         Birchwood , TN (TN)     5  06-11  0

109. Brock Colby Johnson    Clayton , NC (NC)       5  06-03  0

110. Sean King              Villa Hills, KY (KY)    5  06-01  0

111. Sheldon Terence Hamilton Fountainbleau SOUTH AFR 5  05-10  0

112. Rayfe Marquis          Ocala, FL (FL)          4  05-06  0

113. Stuart Andrew Jones    Durban SOUTH AFRICA     5  05-04  0

114. Reid  Harbin Carter    Birmingham, AL (AL)     3  04-02  0

115. Caleb Murley           Goreville, IL (KY)      0  00-00  0

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Totals

Day   #Limits    #Fish      Weight

1       69       410       821-13

2       50       390       760-14

3       75       477       899-15

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194      1277      2482-10

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