Father and Son Team Wins 2001 Triton Boats Owners Tournament
“Take a kid fishing” is more than a slogan to Billy Bowen, Jr. The Ocala, Fla. bass angler paired up with his 14-year-old son Andrew to beat 249 other teams and win the second annual Triton Owner’s Bass Tournament held June 9 on Old Hickory Lake, Hendersonville, Tenn.
“We’re extremely proud of Billy and Andrew,” said Triton Boats president Earl Bentz. “For a non-local team to win this event was especially impressive, due to tough fishing conditions. The Bowens exemplify the strong family ties that mean so much to us at Triton. They understand that passing along the fishing tradition is vital to our continued enjoyment of good fishing in the future.”
For their catch of 11.72 pounds, the Bowen team took home a check for $6,000. Billy Bowen bought his Triton boat at Miller’s Boating Center in Ocala. The second place check for $4,500 was claimed by Triton owner Steve Kotlarsz and partner D. Hille of Hendersonville, Tenn. Big bass honors went to Tony Moran of Martin, Ga. Moran’s 7.31 pound largemouth earned him $3700. In a drawing held after the weigh-in, Westerville, Oh. Angler Kevin Price won a fully-rigged Triton Tr-21 bass boat with a 225 hp Mercury outboard and Lowrance electronics, valued at over $35,000.
The full field of 500 anglers, some from as far away as Phoenix, Az. and Quebec, Canada, found small bass eager to bite, but 14-inch keepers hard to come by. Most keeper fish were caught on buzz baits and Carolina-rigged soft plastic lures, Bentz said.
Ray Scott, founder of the Bass Anglers Sportsman Society, served as master of ceremonies for the annual event, which included a pre-tournament banquet at Triton’s manufacturing complex in Ashland City, Tenn., and drawings for prizes for contestants, their wives and children. “Triton owners are the finest bunch of fishermen I’ve ever been around,” Scott commented. “I’ve hosted thousands of bass tournaments, but the sportsmanship and camaraderie of Triton owners were second to none. The contenders were an exceptionally diverse group, but they had two things in common: all were highly skilled and dedicated bass fishermen, and all were crazy about their Triton boats.”
The Triton Owners Tournament was sponsored by Sumner County (Tenn.) Tourism, Mercury Marine, MinnKota, Dual Pro Chargers, Pinpoint, Five Star Food Service, T & H Marine, EZ Loader Trailers, MotorGuide, Stealth Charging Systems and Lowrance Electronics. For more information on Triton boats and the name of a nearby Triton dealer, contact the company at (615)792-6767, or visit the Triton website at www.tritonboats.com.