Live now : TOYOTA SERIES 2020 Pickwick

Powroznik power!

Powroznik power!
Santee Cooper EverStart Eastern Division champion Jacob Powroznik hails from Prince George, Va.

Jacob Powroznik wins Everstart Eastern event on Santee Cooper with 23 pounds, 1 ounce

MANNING, S.C. - Jacob Powroznik of Prince George, Va., started his week at the Santee Cooper EverStart event in first place and ended the week in first place. Powroznik brought 23 pounds, 1 ounce to the scales today to win his first EverStart event.

"You have no idea what this means to me," said an emotional Powroznik in front of the crowd which included many of his family and friends.

A big key to Powroznik's victory was managing his fish throughout the event so he could clear the cut days. On the first day, he led the event with 26 pounds, 9 ounces. Then on days three and four, he carefully caught only what he needed from his area to survive the eliminations.

Today, Powroznik went back to his primary area in the Pack's Flats region of Lake Marion and fished it for all it was worth. He fished cypress trees that were encircled with grass. His best baits were a 1/2-ounce Glamour Shad spinner bait (white skirt and two gold willow leaf blades) and a Zoom Tube (green pumpkin).

"The spinner bait really worked better earlier in the week," he said. "Today pitching the tube was a better deal."

Powroznik's tube was rigged with a 3/16-ounce weight and a 4/0 Gamakatsu hook tied to 20-pound-test Izor line.

"As the water dropped this week, it pulled fish out of the bulrushes onto trees that had grass around the trunks," he said. "I did not have a bite today until the water started moving at about 10 a.m. Then they really turned on."

This is Powroznik's third year on the EverStart Series. His highest finish before this win was a fifth place showing at the Lake Okeechobee stop in January.

For his victory, Powroznik collected a fully rigged Ranger Boat, $10,000 cash, a $3,000 Ranger Cup check and $1,000 for the Garmin Grand incentive.

Shumpert is second

Past Santee Cooper EverStart champion Ricky Shumpert of Lexington, S.C., finished second with 20 pounds, 8 ounces.

Shumpert, who has fished the Santee Cooper lakes for most of his life, relied on local knowledge for his finish this week.

"I have about 25 key spots between the dam and the bridge on the upper lake that have taken me a lifetime to learn," said Shumpert. "These little spots are essentially staging areas outside of backwater ponds. Each spot is made up of a cluster of cypress trees that has just a little bit deeper water around the trees. Some trees are 2 feet deeper, and some are just 6 inches deeper, but they are deeper than the surrounding flat."

There is not enough time in an eight-hour fishing day to hit all of Shumpert's spots, so he had to pick and choose which ones to fish this week. "I can fish about 10 of these places in a day," he said. "I'll spend about 20 to 30 minutes on each one. If I get a bite, I'll double back, otherwise I'll move on."

His key bait was a Gene Larew Hoo Daddy (black/blue) rigged with a 1/8-ounce sinker tied to 15-pound-test P-Line. A slow fall was a key for Shumpert. "I usually make about three pitches to each tree," he added.

The South Carolina native actually discovered these places when he used to crappie fish on Lake Marion. "The crappie used to stack up in these same exact places before moving in to spawn," he said. "The bass are no different. These are classic migration routes for fish. Even though the water was high this week, they still used them."

Thornhill sticks to third

Santee Cooper veteran guide Lindwood Thornhill of Pineville, S.C., finished third with 17 pounds, 2 ounces.

He returned to the same place in the upper lake that produced his 20-pound, 5-ounce string yesterday. Although he filled out his limit quickly, the bass were smaller.

Thornhill relied on Texas-rigged Zoom lizards (green pumpkin) with 1/8-ounce weight tied to 15-pound-test line to catch his fish.

Hudgins finishes fourth

Bryan Hudgins of Orange Park, Fla., caught 16 pounds, 10 ounces to finish fourth. Hudgins fished in the Hog Swamp area of Lake Moultrie during the week.

His best three lures were a Zoom Trick Worm (black), a Zoom Mag II worm (blueberry) and a Gambler Tube (black/red flake). He fished the trick worm weightless and the other two soft plastic on 1/16-ounce weights.

"The key was dead sticking the bait around cypress trees," he said. "I had to throw to a tree and let it die. I preferred to throw the weightless trick worm when the wind would let me, but if it blew, I had to put some weight on the baits to dead stick them."

Clifton finishes fifth

Rounding out the top five on the pro side was Wayne Clifton of Goose Creek, S.C., with 14 pounds, 5 ounces.

Sean Stepps up for co-angler win

Sean Stepp of Dumfries, Va., won the Co-angler Division with 11 pounds, 11 ounces. He used a Gambler tube (black/red flake/chartreuse) and Senko (junebug) to fool his limit of five bass.

Stepp used the Senko weightless on 17-pound-test line but pinned a 3/16-ounce sinker to the tube on 20-pound-test line.

He fished with pro champion Powroznik today. "I eventually learned that pitching to the same trees he was fishing was futile," Stepp said. "So I started casting to trees that were farther out of his pitching range, and that is how I got all of my bites."

Rest of the best

Rounding out the top five in the Co-angler Division were James Hill of Ozark, Ala., (second) with 10 pounds, 5 ounces; Tee Watkins of East Point, Ky., (third) with 9 pounds, 11 ounces; Jeff Haywood of Troy, N.C., (fourth) with 6 pounds, 13 ounces; and John Deak of Phillipsburg, Ohio, (fifth) with 5 pounds, 11 ounces.

Links:

Results
Photos
Press release

Tags: rob-newell  headline-story  2003-04-02-santee-cooper 

Pickwick Midday Update – Day 1

Pickwick Midday Update – Day 1

Pickwick Lake didn’t disappoint on the first morning of the Toyota Series Central Division event. As predicted, fish were biting right off the bat. READ MORE »

Let the Ledge-fest Begin

Let the Ledge-fest Begin

With the start of the Toyota Series Central Division event on Pickwick Lake this morning, today marks the first day back to competition in the world of professional bass fishing. READ MORE »

Abram’s Dream Comes True

Abram’s Dream Comes True

All week on Lake Martin for the third stop of the Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit the weights have been close, so it was only fitting that the final weigh-in followed suit. READ MORE »

Lake Martin Day 4 Coverage

Lake Martin Day 4 Coverage

Complete coverage of the Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit's third stop at Lake Martin in Alexander, Ala. READ MORE »

Abram One Day Away

Abram One Day Away

Day three of the Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit event on Lake Martin was a bit tougher for the 30 pros on the water, and while quality has been tough to come by all week, that was especially the case today READ MORE »

Lake Martin Day 3 Coverage

Lake Martin Day 3 Coverage

Complete coverage of the Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit's third stop at Lake Martin in Alexander, Ala. READ MORE »

Abram Out Front on Martin

Abram Out Front on Martin

Same story, different day on Lake Martin for the third stop of the Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit. When it comes to catching fish, Martin is on fire at the moment. However, just like on day one, big bites are tough to come by on the Alabama fishery. READ MORE »

Lake Martin Day 2 Coverage

Lake Martin Day 2 Coverage

Complete coverage of the Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit's third stop at Lake Martin in Alexander, Ala. READ MORE »

Adams Leads at Martin

Adams Leads at Martin

Catching fish wasn’t going to be the issue for the third stop of the Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit event on Lake Martin and after day one that certainly was the case. With the entire field catching a limit, the weights are stacked with a little over 4 pounds separating 100th and 10th. Finding a Lake Martin kicker was Barron Adams, who sacked 17 pounds, 2 ounces to take the lead – thanks in large part to his 8-13 Berkley Big Bass. Just 15 ounces back is Derrick Snavely and the weights tighten up a lot from there. READ MORE »

Lake Martin Day 1 Coverage

Lake Martin Day 1 Coverage

Complete coverage of the Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit's third stop at Lake Martin kicks off a day early from Alexander, Ala. READ MORE »

FLW Live Leaderboard - Lake Martin

FLW Live Leaderboard - Lake Martin

FLW media staff provide unofficial weight estimates for the third stop of the 2020 Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit at Lake Martin. READ MORE »

FLW Shifts Start Date at Lake Martin

FLW Shifts Start Date at Lake Martin

FLW announced today that this week’s Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit event at Lake Martin, originally scheduled to start Thursday, has been shifted and will now begin competition Wednesday. Hosted by the Alexander City Chamber, the tournament will remain a four-day event and will now run through Saturday. This decision is based on a desire to allow pros, who began practicing for the tournament March 15, to safely complete the event and return home as quickly as possible amid evolving COVID-19 guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control. READ MORE »

Top 10 Baits and Patterns from Havasu

Top 10 Baits and Patterns from Havasu

Results from the Toyota Series Western Division event at Lake Havasu probably didn’t surprise any Western anglers who are familiar with the fishery. For folks in other parts of the country that might only have followed FLW’s early February events on the Colorado River reservoir, the tournament results might have opened some eyes to just how good the fishing can be on Havasu. Particularly on day one, the lake delivered, kicking out 12 limits of more than 20 pounds, including Tai Au’s limit of 26 pounds, 1 ounce. The success on day one resulted from a perfect storm of conditions for catching spawning bass on beds.  READ MORE »

Dice Gets it Done on Smith Mountain

Dice Gets it Done on Smith Mountain

Jack Dice of Lynchburg, Virginia, brought a five-bass limit to the scale weighing 22 pounds even to win the 2020 Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine event at Smith Mountain Lake in Huddleston, Virginia. For his victory, Dice earned a total of $5,246. READ MORE »

Steckler Claims Ozark Title

Steckler Claims Ozark Title

Cory Steckler of Rocky Mount, Missouri, brought a five-bass limit to the scale Saturday weighing 18 pounds, 7 ounces to win the 2020 Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine event at Lake of the Ozarks in Osage Beach, Missouri. For his victory, Steckler earned a total of $13,457, including the lucrative $7,000 FLW PHOENIX Bonus contingency award. The victory was the second win of Steckler’s FLW career. READ MORE »

Graham Wins on Dale Hollow

Graham Wins on Dale Hollow

Brett Graham of Cold Spring, Kentucky, brought a five-bass limit to the scale weighing 18 pounds, 11 ounces to win the 2020 Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine Mountain division opener at Dale Hollow Reservoir in Byrdstown, Tennessee. For his victory, Graham earned a total of $6,000. READ MORE »

Au Finishes Strong at Lake Havasu

Au Finishes Strong at Lake Havasu

Tai Au of Glendale, Ariz., weighed in a five-bass limit worth 16 pounds, 15 ounces today to finish off a wire-to-wire win at the Toyota Series Western Division season opener on Lake Havasu. Au’s three-day total was 61-3.  READ MORE »

Medlock Brings it Home on Big O

Medlock Brings it Home on Big O

Weighing the biggest limit of the final day worth 19 pounds, 4 ounces, Brandon Medlock locked up his third Toyota Series title in the Southern Division event on Lake Okeechobee. With 54-4 overall, Medlock won comfortably and was essentially the only pro to put together two very good days of fishing, with a 13-9 catch on day one as his worst day. READ MORE »

Okeechobee Midday Update – Day 3

Okeechobee Midday Update – Day 3

The final day of the Toyota Series Southern Division event on Okeechobee is proving to be just as tense as expected. With the entire top 10 less than 4 pounds apart, anything can happen, and it’s entirely possible that someone in ninth or 10th catches a big bag to come from behind. READ MORE »

Au Stays Ahead on Tougher Day Two

Au Stays Ahead on Tougher Day Two

Tournament leader Tai Au managed to stay in first place by recognizing key environmental factors and knowing when to change up his baits. Yesterday, four of the five bass that Au weighed in were bass he caught sight-fishing. Today, he didn’t look at any of the bass he brought to the scale. Au still managed to weigh in 18 pounds, 3 ounces, taking his two-day total to 44-4. He’s searching for his first FLW victory this week.  READ MORE »