Pro Randy Haynes of Counce, Tenn., displayed why he is known as one of the best deep-water ledge fisherman in the country as he targeted the Lake Eufaula ledges to win convincingly Sunday at the Walmart FLW Tour at Lake Eufaula presented by Straight Talk Wireless. Haynes’ five bass weighing 16 pounds, 1 ounce gave him a four-day weight of 73 pounds, 1 ounce – 11 pounds heavier than second place – as well as the championship trophy and the $125,000 purse.
“There are an awful lot of good fisherman out here,” said Haynes, who was fishing only his third event as a pro at the sport’s highest level, the Walmart FLW Tour. “Everything has to go just right for you in order to win a tournament of this size. I’ve really been blessed this entire week.”
Haynes said that he had five or six different areas that he fished throughout the week, but that he really only concentrated on three today.
“Today, I was just trying to catch a limit and get by,” Haynes said. “I had three main spots where I was fishing, and I was rotating through them, giving them a few hours of rest before I would go back. I figured out that they were setting up in different ways. In the early morning, they would suspend in front of the bars. I’d fish a swimbait, and they really started eating.”
Haynes said that most of his fish this week came from throwing a mixture of swimbaits and cranking Strike King 5XD and 6XD crankbaits. His go-to rod-and-reel combination for the week was a Kistler Mark Rose Signature Series Z-Bone crankbait rod paired with a Lew’s BB1 reel.
“That rod and reel is just an unbelievable combination,” Haynes said. “I was using 14- to 20-pound-test line when I was fishing the swimbait, and 14-pound-test line when I was cranking.
“I’m real lucky that I have been able to stay on the road with Mark Rose and Greg Bohannan,” Haynes continued. “It’s nice to be with two great guys like that, and I’ve learned a lot. They are definitely one of the reasons that I am up here.
“This is pretty awesome,” said Haynes of his win. “I’m so happy for my family and friends. There are so many people back home that I compete for, and against. This is just special for me to do this for them.”
Chevy pro Bryan Thrift of Shelby, N.C., finished in second place with a four-day total of 19 bass weighing 62 pounds, 1 ounce. He earned $35,000 for his efforts.
The top 10 pros finished the tournament in:
|1st||Randy Haynes, Counce, Tenn., 20 bass, 73-1, $125,000|
|2nd||Chevy pro Bryan Thrift, Shelby, N.C., 19 bass, 62-1, $35,000|
|3rd||Justin Lucas, Guntersville, Ala., 18 bass, 61-0, $30,000|
|4th||Castrol pro David Dudley, Lynchburg, Va., 20 bass, 60-12, $25,000|
|5th||Stetson Blaylock, Benton, Ark., 20 bass, 59-9, $20,000|
|6th||Kelley Jaye, Dadeville, Ala., 20 bass, 59-6, $17,000|
|7th||Straight Talk pro J.T. Kenney, Palm Bay, Fla., 17 bass, 52-15, $16,000|
|8th||John Devere, Berea, Ky., 15 bass, 51-7, $15,000|
|9th||David Fritts, Lexington, N.C., 18 bass, 51-2, $14,000|
|10th||Scott Martin, Clewiston, Fla., 16 bass, 47-12, $13,500|
A complete list of results can be found at FLWOutdoors.com.
Overall there were 38 bass weighing 109 pounds, 15 ounces caught by pros Sunday. The catch included six five-bass limits.
Bryan New of Belmont, N.C., won the co-angler division and $20,000 Saturday with a three-day total of 11 bass weighing 27 pounds, 7 ounces, followed by Jason Johnson of Gainesville, Ga., in second place with 10 bass weighing 24 pounds, 13 ounces worth $7,500.