Angler's 10.21 holds up to win Splash

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LAKE GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. — Jason Tucker of Cedar Bluff, Ala., caught two big bass Saturday and won $4,000 cash in the McDonald's Big Bass Splash on Lake Guntersville.

Sunday, his 10.21-pound lunker withstood the other 927 entrants' best efforts to earn him a 2009 Triton 18 HP Explorer powered by a 115 Mercury Opti Max, Miin Kota Trolling Motors and Lowrance Electronics.

On a hot lake that was just last week besieged by the Bassmaster Eliter Series pros, some of whom reported catching 100 fish a day, Tucker found the right big bite early on Saturday and it held up.

In second places was Perry Croney of Loxley, Ala., and his 8.70-pound bass. Close behind in third was David Whitman of Huntsville, Ala., and his 8.21-pounder. In fourth was Kevin Hurt of Wartrace, Tenn., at 7.32 and rounding out the top five was Jason Morrison and Gadsden, Ala., at 6.92.

The event that gives hourly cash prizes donated more than $4,700 to the Ronald McDonald House® & Select McDonald's® Children Charities.

Tucker, who caught the big fish on his first bite at 6:30 a.m., weighed in his big bass in the 8 a.m.-9 a.m. hour on Saturday, earning $1,000 for first place. He doubled that as he bought the $15 bonus T-shirt. His good fortune doubled again with a 6.74-pounder he weighed it in to win the noon hour, and another T-shirt bonus.