The Alabama Bass Trail 100 Series drew the 100-team limit to Beeswax Park on Lay Lake near Montgomery last weekend, and the event paid out $25,000 to winners Logan Johnson and Jeremy Christian, who edged out nationally-famed pro angler Gerald Swindle and his fishing partner Ryan Anaya by more than a pound for their five-fish limit.
The winning anglers reported catching most of their fish, including a spotted bass that went 5.01, largest fish caught in the event, in the Spring Creek area.
Swindle and Anaya reported running north to the dam and fishing the fast-moving water for about a mile downstream on repeated drifts.
Their key bait was a ½ oz black and blue Boss flipping jig with a Zoom big salty chunk.
“It’s a big bait and it looked like we were tarpon fishing.” Swindle said. “You can go up there, throw a little jig and probably get a lot more bites, but you won’t catch any of the quality 4-pound bites.”
In addition to their $12,500 second place money, they also took home a $500 Garmin bonus. They used Garmin Live Scope to help them find places where the bank and other structure caused the current to speed up. The anglers reported they could see fish coming to their baits on the powerful sonar system.
Ryan said he is recovering from a very difficult battle with COVID-19. He spent 7 days in the ICU and weeks on oxygen recovering at home. He started back fishing just in time for the competition.
The second stop of the Alabama Bass Trail 100 will be on Lake Eufaula, “The Bass Fishing Capital of the World,” Saturday, June 5, where once again 100 teams will go for the $100,000 total payout.
For complete results see https://www.alabamabasstrail100.org/lay-lake-results/.