James Watson Takes Day 2 Lead at PAA Table Rock

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Trolling motor batteries may be the most important type of equipment on some of the top 16 finalist’s boats tomorrow during the conclusion of the Bass Pro Shops PAA Tournament Series event on Table Rock Lake in Branson, Missouri.

James Watson

Day 2 leader James Watson of Waynesville, Missouri explained, “I’m burning down a lot of bank and running my trolling motor wide open. I run big, giant AGM batteries by Pro-Guide. I depend on them because I am a bank beater. That’s all I’ve been doing yesterday and today, and what I plan to do again tomorrow – running the bank burning up the trolling motor.”

Watson’s Day 2 limit of 15.58 pounds almost doubled his Day 1 catch of 15.98, giving Watson a two-day total of 31.56 pounds.

Big kicker fish have become huge factors, wild cards in this event.

Watson switched places with Day 1 leader Shane Long primarily based on the strength of a 5.92 pound kicker that Watson caught on topwater in about two feet of water today.

Just like on Day 1 and 2, whoever gets dealt a big kicker bass on Table Rock tomorrow, they will most assuredly rocket up in the final results.

Shane Long

Day 1 leader Shane Long of Willard, Missouri brought 12.12 to the scale and is in second right now with 29.65 pounds. “I had five keeper bites today – and I put them all in the boat.  I know where they live and I made a really bad mistake this morning. I went to some new water that’s the same kind of water as I’ve been fishing to get the big bites – but it wasn’t the same. I had to scramble back to the same areas I was in yesterday in order to catch what I got today. So I’m going to stay in there tomorrow and I’m going to grind it out.”

The morning bite, the very first thing in the morning is critical to Long and to several of the other finalists.

“They’re up feeding real well in the morning, and getting those early morning bites is crucial. I screwed up and didn’t capitalize on it today. So I’m going to rethink my options – and I’m going to bring it hard tomorrow,” said a determined Long.

Jim Dillard

Yesterday, Jim Dillard’s 42nd birthday, he had 13.56.

Dillard, from Houston, AR did a little better than that today with 14.44 pounds for a two-day total of 28 pounds even, putting him in 3rd place.

“I think my trolling motor batteries are dead as doornails after today. The only thing I had to slow down for were the docks. If the docks weren’t in my way, I could have covered more water.”

Like some others, Dillard isn’t fishing the same areas twice. He said, “I know what to look for, I’m sticking with one bait primarily and just covering water as fast as I can possibly move my boat.”

Dillard’s fishing pretty shallow. “The way this lake is situated now, being late in the year, with really no thermocline, with the water up a little over normal pool in the bushes, it’s a shallow water paradise out there. When it’s clear, you can see those fish coming for the bait. There’s no point in me fishing out deep tomorrow.”

The field tomorrow will be whittled down to only the top 16 pros that advance to Day 3.

Place First Name Last Name Hometown State Day 1 & 2 Total Weight Deficit
1 James Watson Waynesville MO 31.56
2 Shane Long Willard MO 29.65 -1.91
3 Jim Dillard Houston AR 28.00 -3.56
4 Stacey King Reeds Spring MO 27.56 -4.00
5 Jeff Hager Alexis NC 26.40 -5.16
6 Brian Snowden Reeds Spring MO 26.01 -5.55
7 Casey Scanlon Lenexa KS 25.49 -6.07
8 Kelly Power Cape Fair MO 25.22 -6.34
9 Shinichi Fukae Palestine TX 25.22 -6.34
10 Fred Roumbanis Bixby OK 24.99 -6.57
11 Matt Reed Madisonville TX 23.71 -7.85
12 Brandon Coulter Knoxville TN 22.56 -9.00
13 Matt Jones Spokane MO 21.57 -9.99
14 Mike McClelland Bella Vista AR 21.56 -10.00
15 Eric Olliverson Lampe MO 21.26 -10.30
16 Tommy Brown Louisville TN 20.58 -10.98

Pros are competing for a first place prize valued at $39,000 including a 2013 Nitro Z8, equipped with a Mercury 225 Optimax (retail value of $36,000) plus $3,000 cash. The event will pay down 16 places. For a full list of pro results visit www.FishPAA.com.

Stay tuned for the PAA’s Day 3 Morning Story tomorrow. In it, we’ll run down what the finalists in 4th through 16th have to say.

Co-Angler Results

Co-angler competition concluded on Day 2.

Adam Caldwell of Republic, MO  won the co-angler competition and $3,000 with a two-day total of 5 bass weighing 12.42 pounds, followed by co-angler Brandon Durr, also of Republic, MO, in second place with 4 bass weighing 10.86 pounds for two days and $1,300.

Caldwell caught the big bass of Day 2 on the co-angler side, weighing 3.73 lbs. Durr had the big bass (4.72 lbs.) on the co-angler side for Day 1. Both co-anglers earned the Daily Big Bass award of $250 for their respective catches.

Co-anglers also earned valuable points toward the co-angler of the year race. The top co-angler points at the end of the year will win the 2013 Co-Angler of the Year trophy.

For a full list of co-angler results visit www.FishPAA.com

Day 3 Weigh-in and Awards

The final weigh-in and awards will be at Branson Landing by the fountain on Saturday at 4:30 pm.

Also on Saturday from 12:30-3:30 pm, stop by to meet and greet the pros prior to final weigh-in at Bass Pro Shops at Branson Landing.

Local Event Hosts

Branson Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce and CVB, Branson, Mo.


Bass Pro Shops
Tournament Headquarters
•  Host of Pre-Tournament Activities and Day 3 Final Weigh-In and Awards
• 1 Bass Pro Drive – Branson Landing

Ramada Branson
• 1700 W Hwy 76, Branson, Mo.

2013 PAA Tournament Series: Premier Sponsors

Bass Pro Shops

• “The Official Outdoor Retailer of the PAA”

Nitro Boats
• “The Official Boat Retailer of the PAA”
• Nitro boat owners can win up to an additional $7,000 by winning a PAA event
• Nitro boat owners can qualify for as much as $7,000 in local events as well

Mercury Marine
• “Number One on the Water”

Pursuit Channel
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• “The Official Television Coverage Provider of the PAA”
• FishPAA TV: #1 rated fishing show in its time slot; watched by 6.5 million viewers
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Sign Designs (TNWraps.com)
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Game and Fish /Sportsman Magazines

• “The Official Magazine Coverage Provider of the PAA”
• Circulation: 425,000

South Eastern Pond Management
• “The Official Fish Care Provider of the PAA”

Humminbird / Minn Kota
• Big Bass Award: This week’s winner will take home a new 898C SI sonar unit
• Big Bass of the season also wins a Minn Kota Talon shallow water anchor system

• “The Official Sponsor of the Live Leader Board on FishPAA.com”

Missile Baits
• “The Official Sponsor of the FishPAA.com Photo Galleries”

Toyota Texas Bass Classic
• October 4-6, 2013 on Lake Conroe in Conroe, TX
• Top 15 anglers in the BPS PAA Tournament Series after Table Rock go on to qualify
• Total purse of over $400,000