Bass Series Championship Decided by Ounces

All, Fishin' Line

  • Brent Jones and Ryan Zwick won first place in the Bass Series Championship.
  • Brothers Mark and Mike Toht came in second place.
  • Steve and Matt Wheeler came in third place at the Bass Series Championship.
  • Not only did the Toht brothers come in second place, they won Great Parks Bass Anglers of The Year.
  • First, second and third place winners in the Bass Series Championships stand with their plaques.

More than 360 anglers competed in the six Bass Series Tournaments in 2018. Only the top 20 earned a spot in the Bass Series Championship, where the winners would be awarded a $1,000 shopping spree to Bass Pro Shops.

This was a two-day tournament. Day one was at Miami Whitewater Forest on August 25. Every team successfully weighed in fish, but two clearly separated themselves. Brent Jones and Ryan Zwick of Okeana brought a five-bass limit to the scales that totaled 10.97 pounds. Mark and Mike Toht of Xenia had a limit that weighed 10.95 pounds … almost a perfect tie! Mike Hoefker of Hamilton caught the biggest bass that weighed 3.98 pounds.

Day two was at Winton Woods Lake on August 26. The stage was set for a shoot-out, and our top two teams did not disappoint. A total of 76.42 pounds of beautiful Winton Woods Lake bass were weighed in, but once again, our top two teams separated themselves from the rest. The Toht brothers set the bar with a 13.29-pound limit, giving them a two-day total of 24.24 pounds. Jones and Zwick were the final team to weigh in, and they needed 13.27 pounds to win. Their five bass-limit tipped the scales at 13.74 pounds, and they won the championship with a total of 24.71 pounds!

Jones and Zwick won plaques and the $1,000 Bass Pro Shops shopping spree. Mark and Mike Toht were awarded plaques and $882 in Great Parks gift cards. Steve and Matt Wheeler finished third with 17.16 pounds and won plaques and $630 in Great Parks gift cards.

The Toht brothers had a very memorable season, winning four of the six Bass Series events. They lead all competitors with 174 qualifying points, and were recognized as the Great Parks Bass Anglers of The Year.

A huge thank-you to everybody who participated in our tournaments in 2018!

Neal Ramsey
Director of Guest Experiences, West Region