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Hawk singing 'Sweet Home Alabama'

Category : HAWK TALK


By Ken Duke
OCT 4, 2012

JASPER, Ala. — An Alabaman leads the way at the Bass Pro Shops Southern Open on Smith Lake. Kevin Hawk posted a Day 1 weight of 16 pounds, 7 ounces to claim the top spot with two days of competition remaining in the season finale. At stake are more than $50,000 in cash and prizes for the winner as well as a Bassmaster Classic berth and five invitations to join the 2013 Bassmaster Elite Series.

Hawk, a westerner by birth who now calls Guntersville home, caught his limit of Smith bass a variety of ways and on a multitude of baits.

“The bass I weighed in came from every level of the water column,” Hawk said, careful not to reveal too much with two days of fishing left. “The deepest were in 35 feet of water.”

Coming into this event, Hawk ranked second in the Southern Open points standings. The top 5 ranked anglers will earn invitations to join the 2013 Elite Series, so Hawk is looking good to claim a spot. If he can win this event, he’ll also take a coveted berth in the 2013 Bassmaster Classic on Grand Lake, Okla., Feb. 22-24. The Classic berth is restricted to Opens winners who fish all three tournaments in that division for the season.

“I think I can catch them again tomorrow,” Hawk said, modestly, “but I know it can go either way.”

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Photo: James Overstreet