UPCOMING EVENT: Rayovac FLW Series - 2015 - Lake Champlain

Nixon triumphs

Larry Nixon of Bee Branch, Ark., shows off his trophy after winning the Forrest Wood Open on Lake St. Clair. Nixon won the top prize of $200,000 for his efforts.

Arkansas native adds another chapter to his legendary status

DETROIT - Believe it or not, for all his great accomplishments in the sport of professional bass fishing, Larry Nixon had never won an FLW title. That is, until today. Bolstered by a sensational catch of 18 pounds, 2 ounces, Nixon used some veteran angling experience and a determined effort to capture first place in the Forrest Wood Open on Lake St. Clair. Not only did his achievement land him the first FLW win of his career, but he also walked away with a $200,000 check and some rousing applause from the fans who packed the arena to cheer him on.

Standing at the winner's podium with trophy in hand, Nixon could hardly contain his joy after completing the one goal that had eluded him for years.

"This is one of the most amazing days of fishing I've ever had," said Nixon, who avenged his 1999 fifth-place finish on Lake St. Clair. "It's just been an awesome day. I lost a good friend last week and I feel like this if for him. This feels just incredible."

Nixon said that while he had "struggled" during the first few days of the tournament, everything worked out perfectly today.

"I just made all the right moves today," said Nixon, who lead or owned a share of the lead over the last three days of the tournament. "I knew where the fish were and I knew what to do. I thought I had a good chance to win this tournament if everything worked out right. And that's exactly what happened."

Nixon said that after leaving the marina early this morning, he went straight to his prime fishing location. However, after landing three smallmouth bass on topwater lures, Nixon's suddenly found that the fish were no longer biting. Without hesitation, Nixon decided to shift strategies. It was a crucial decision that ultimately won him the tournament.

"After I caught those three fish, it sort of dried up on me," said Nixon. "But I thought I knew what to do. So I grabbed some soft plastics and a few minutes later, I caught another fish. A few minutes after that, I caught a 3-pound bass. And wouldn't you know it, I caught another one that was even bigger than the first a few minutes later. It was just one of those days where everything seemed to work out."

With 17 pounds of fish in the boat by 10:30 a.m., Nixon started to realize that the tournament was his to win or lose.

"When it's your turn to win, it's your turn to win," said Nixon. "But I had been close to winning before so I knew I had to keep on going. In fact, I should have won FLW tournaments at least two other times. But Mother Nature always seemed to kill me on the last day. I'd catch 15 pounds and still everyone would beat me. Thankfully, that didn't happen today."

No. Nixon made sure of that.

"This has just been one of the greatest weeks of my career," he said. "This is the biggest payday I have ever had. It's just an incredible feeling."

Dudley cast in role as runner-up

Despite a large and cumbersome leg cast that greatly limited his mobility, David Dudley of Manteo, N.C., still managed to pull off a dramatic second-place finish. Fishing in the third finals of his career on the FLW Tour, Dudley said he was pleased with his accomplishment even though he missed out on the big prize once again.

"I got off to a great start today. I had a limit by 6:23 a.m.," said Dudley, who registered a 17-pound catch that was nearly good enough to steal the title away from Nixon. "I caught a ton of fish today. I culled a lot of fish. So I'm just tickled to death right now."

For his efforts, Dudley won a check for $100,000.

Jimmy Millsaps of Canton, Ga., was equally pleased with his performance. Using a 16-pound, 15-ounce catch, Millsaps battled his way to third place, taking home a check for $50,000.

"I've had a great week," said Millsaps. "This is one of the best lakes I've ever fished. I had a great time and I'm really looking forward to coming back."

Fellow Georgia native Mickey Bruce landed in fourth place after registering a total catch of 16 pounds, 3 ounces. And like Millsaps, Bruce said he wouldn't trade his experience on Lake St. Clair for anything.

"I'll tell you what, this has just been a great week for me," said Bruce, who took home a check for $35,000 as well as a second-place finish in the Angler of the Year contest. "I think that I performed at my maximum level and made a bunch of smart decisions all week. I'm happy."

Of all of the anglers in the finals, it's hard to argue that Steve Daniel didn't have the best time of all.

"I believe this is the most fun I've ever had in a bass fishing tournament," said the native of Clewiston, Fla. "These tournaments are so hard to win, everything has to go just right. But I'll be back again and I promise you, I'll have as much fun as I did this time."

Daniel, who used a catch of 10 pounds, 12 ounces, ultimately finished in fifth place and took home a check for $30,000.

The next and final event of the FLW season will be the 2001 FLW Championship on Lake Champlain in Plattsburg, N.Y., scheduled to take place Sept. 12-15.

Related links:

Photos
Results
Press release
Quick Bites: Day 4

Tags: headline-story  gary-mortenson 

/news/2015-07-21-top-picks-from-icast

Top Picks From ICAST

A few days of walking the floor at ICAST is enough to exhaust a body, but it isn’t enough to know exactly what’s worthwhile. For that, you need some time to reflect and probably a few tournament seasons to fly by to see what rises up. READ MORE »

/news/2015-07-20-renfrew-fished-to-win

Renfrew Fished to Win

Ian Renfrew of Phoenix, New York, weighed a five-bass limit totaling 16 pounds, 11 ounces Saturday to win the third Walmart Bass Fishing League Northeast Division tournament on Oneida Lake presented by Navionics. For his victory, Renfrew earned $4,695. READ MORE »

/news/2015-07-20-docks-and-rocks-key-for-synders

Docks and Rocks Key for Synders

Rus Snyders of Nashville, Tennessee, weighed a five-bass limit totaling 16 pounds, 6 ounces Saturday to win the fourth Walmart Bass Fishing League Music City Division tournament on Old Hickory Lake presented by Navionics. For his victory, Snyders earned $2,703. READ MORE »

/news/2015-07-20-jig-crankbait-carry-powroznik

Jig, Crankbait Carry Powroznik

Ryan Powroznik of Prince George, Virginia, weighed a five-bass limit totaling 17 pounds, 15 ounces Saturday to win the fourth Walmart Bass Fishing League Piedmont Division tournament on the James River. For his victory, Powroznik earned $7,507. READ MORE »

/news/2015-07-20-persistence-pays-for-arning

Persistence Pays for Arning

Ray Arning Jr. of Walnut Hill, Illinois, weighed a five-bass limit totaling 13 pounds, 5 ounces Saturday to win the third Walmart Bass Fishing League Illini Division tournament on Rend Lake presented by Navionics. For his victory, Arning earned $5,804. READ MORE »

/news/2015-07-17-new-rod-roundup

New Rod Roundup

Rod companies continue to impress each year with a new crop of lighter, faster and more affordable (sweet!) rods. On the subject of price, these days, a tournament pro or an average angler could be fishing with rods that cost less than $100 apiece, but without giving up anything in the realm of quality. READ MORE »

/news/2015-07-17-new-terminal-tackle

New Terminal Tackle

Don’t skimp where it counts the most – terminal tackle. Hooks, weights, jigheads and the like are the keys to taking all those new soft baits and swimbaits to the fish, hooking them and getting them in the boat. Here’s the best stuff we saw on the floor at ICAST 2015. READ MORE »

/news/2015-07-16-flw-announces-2016-tour-schedule

FLW Announces 2016 Tour Schedule

FLW announced the 2016 Walmart FLW Tour regular-season schedule today in a live press conference held at the 2015 ICAST show in Orlando, Fla. With the help of six veteran Tour pros, the company unveiled each of the six events, one-by-one, to a crowd of observers gathered around the FLW booth. READ MORE »

/news/2015-07-16-6-new-reels-to-try

6 New Reels to Try

Whether you need to replace an old reel or you’re just looking to add to the arsenal, here are some of the latest and greatest from ICAST. READ MORE »

/news/2015-07-16-6-new-lines-from-icast-2015

6 New Lines from ICAST 2015

Line might just be the most important part of the package when it comes to landing fish. From presenting the bait to getting them in the net, your line is involved the entire way. If you’re looking for something new to try, the following lines are worth a shot. READ MORE »

/news/2015-07-16-icast-best-of-show-winners-

ICAST Best Of Show Winners

One of the highlights of ICAST is the annual “Best of Show” awards. Not everything at ICAST is of interest to bass anglers, but the below might end up being staples for a long time to come. READ MORE »

/news/2015-07-16-10-new-frogs-and-toads

10 New Frogs and Toads

These days, frogs and toads aren’t just mimicking frogs and toads. They’re designed to be perfect imitations of rats, bream and various oddball creatures. New models at ICAST this season offer anglers some of these “alternative” species, as well as new sizes, colors, action types and degrees of realism. Here are 10 new models that we feel are of greatest interest. Click here for complete 2015 ICAST coverage. READ MORE »

/news/2015-07-16-7-terrific-topwater-baits

7 Terrific Topwater Baits

If you don’t like fishing topwater, just give up fishing already. These seven new baits will help you get your surface-fishing fix next season. READ MORE »

/news/2015-07-16-critters-and-craws

Critters and Craws

Nearly everyone already has a tackle box overflowing with soft baits. That said, there are always more to try. If you’re looking for something new, the following might do the trick. READ MORE »

/news/2015-07-15-new-hard-baits-for-2015

New Hard Baits for 2015

It doesn’t take long to find yourself overwhelmed on the show floor of ICAST. Hundreds of companies are here unveiling cool, new products. When it comes to the hard bait category it can be daunting to sift through all the new stuff. Its early, but here are a few things that might be worth adding to the tackle box. READ MORE »

/news/2015-07-15-icast-2015-fishing-accessories

ICAST 2015 Fishing Accessories

Check out these tools and accessory items that fill a variety of roles when on the water. We’ll update the list later tomorrow too. Click here for complete 2015 ICAST coverage. READ MORE »

/news/2015-07-15-cool-new-electronics-at-icast-2015

Cool New Electronics at ICAST 2015

These days, anglers rely on cutting edge electronic devices not only to find and catch fish, but also to share their fishing experiences with the world. The following new products, as seen on day one at ICAST 2015, will help you do all of the above. READ MORE »

/news/2015-07-15-new-clothing-and-sunglasses-at-icast-2015

New Clothing and Sunglasses at ICAST 2015

Sunglasses and clothing that can resist all that Mother Nature throws at it are critical for hard-core anglers. Here’s what’s new in those categories at this year’s ICAST show. READ MORE »

/news/2015-07-15-three-new-finesse-worms

Three New Finesse Worms

Though there is a ton of finesse worms already available on the market, but the following three from the first day of ICAST might be worth a look if you sense a gap in your arsenal. READ MORE »

/news/2015-07-14-dance-detweiler-and-east-win-icast-cup

Dance, Detweiler and East Win ICAST Cup

Weighing in midway through the 48-boat field, Bill Dance, Cody Detweiler, and Dave East repped Mystik Lubricants brought a five-bass limit for 17 pounds, 1 ounce to the scale for the win. The team focused on two shallow, grassy areas within sight of Big Toho Marina for the entirety of the event and caught about 10 bass and culled twice before 8 a.m. READ MORE »