“It started out really bad actually,” Kilgore said.” I hit my best spot and I only fished it for 45 minutes and I finally caught a three-pound spot (bass). That settled me down a little. I went to my next spot where I caught then yesterday really good. I fished half of it, so good left. I didn’t want to fish the other half, because I needed them today. Of course on the way down there I was thinking this thing is going to be over in 30 minutes. I get down there on my second cast I catch a three and half (spot bass) and I was really thinking it was going to be over quick. After that I ran back to my starting spot and caught that big large mouth and a little squealer. After 10:15-10:30 I didn’t catch a fish.”
Kilgore had success using a white ½ ounce Strike King Pure Poison chattering jig and a white Strike King Rage Tail Craw.
“Day one and day two, I probably had 12-15 keepers,” Kilgore said. “Today, it just shut off, but I got the right three and that is all that matters.”
With the win, the Jasper native earned $10,000, a Nitro Z-9 by Mercury 225 Pro XS. For his success on the lake, he also earned a berth in the 2014 Bass Masters Classic at Lake Guntersville.
“I missed the Classic by one spot once and two spots twice,” Kilgore said. “It is one of those feelings that never leaves your gut. You think about it all the time. I have been so close and I am over there working at the Classic thinking man. When it was over at Lay Lake, I missed it by one spot sat in agreement with me.”
Greg Vinson finished second in the Southern Open at Logan Martin Lake. The Wetumpka native caught five fish that weighted in at 12 pounds and 11 ounces. His three-day total was 40 pounds and 11 ounces.
David Walker finished third with a total weight of 40 pounds and 11 ounces. Walker caught five fish for nine pounds and 12 ounces.
Walker earned $1,500 bonus check for being the highest finishing owner of a Toyota truck.
Paul Elias finished fourth with a total of 38 pounds and nine ounces. Ott DeFoe finished fifth with a total weight of 37 pounds and 13 ounces.
Oxford native Tim Hurst finished sixth with a total weight of 37 pounds and three ounces.
Chris Lane finished 11th, but he won $500 in bonus earnings for winning the Big Bass of the tournament award with a weight of five pounds and eight ounces. He also won the Heavy weight of the tournament award with a weight of 18 pounds and 10 ounces on the first day of the tournament on Thursday.
Grayson Smith won the co-angler division. On Saturday, he caught 10 pounds and three ounces. For the three days, he caught a total weight of 24 pounds and an ounce.
Smith has qualified in the final 12 in each of the three Bassmaster Southern Opens in 2013.
With the win, Smith earned a Triton 17 Pro bass boat with a Mercury 115 Pro XS motor.