UPCOMING EVENT: TOYOTA SERIES - 2020 - Lake Norman

Myers rallies to top for co-angler win

Myers rallies to top for co-angler win
Mark Myers of Minneapolis, Minn., wins the Co-angler Division of the EverStart Northeastern on Lake Erie with a two-day total of 34 pounds, 14 ounces.

CLEVELAND - Mark Myers of Minneapolis rallied from third place with 16 pounds, 11 ounces Saturday to win the Co-angler Division of the EverStart Series Northeastern event on Lake Erie with a two-day total of 34 pounds, 14 ounces.

Since Myers is the owner of a Ranger boat, he received a Ranger boat plus $4,700 for his win.

"I'm going to use the money to keep on fishing," said Myers, who has fished theCo-angler Mark Myers of Minneapolis, Minn., weighs in his tournament-winning fish. EverStart Series as a co-angler for three years.

Like many other co-anglers, Myers used a drop-shot to catch his fish this week. His rig consisted of imitation gobies rigged on 8-pound-test line with either a 3/8- or 1/2-ounce weight.

But perhaps his winning move today was switching hooks.

"I normally use a No. 1 or No. 2 octopus hook," he said. "I lost several fish on it today, so I went to a bigger straight-shank hook and started threading the bait all the way on the hook so the hook stuck out farther back on the bait. And it worked - I caught two of my biggest fish with that hook."

Jackups second

Co-angler Ron Jackups of Fairfield, Ohio, finished second with a two-day total of 33 pounds, 3 ounces.Ron Jackups of Fairfield, Ohio, brought in 14 pounds, 8 ounces today to finish second with 33 pounds, 3 ounces.

Jackups used a Poor Boy's Drop-Shot Goby in Balog's Choice all week. He fished the rig on 10-pound-test Berkley Transition line with a 3/8-ounce drop-shot weight on casting gear.

He wisely rigged up several drop-shots on different rods with varying leader length to adapt to the conditions.

"When the boat was still and I was fishing vertical, I'd go with the shorter leaders," he said. "But if the boat was moving, or I was casting the bait out, I'd go with the longer leader to compensate for the angle of the line."

Wilson third

After leading the Co-angler Division for three days, John Wilson of Hazelwood, N.C., left the door open today and fell to third with a two-day total of 27 pounds, 9 ounces.

"I just didn't get the bites today," Wilson said. "It's not like I lost them or anything, I just got two keeper bites."

Wilson used a mixture of tubes and drop-shot gobies to catch his fish this week.

Allison's birthday present

Jason Allison of Washington, Pa., finished fourth with 19 pounds even.Co-angler Jason Allison of Washington, Pa., finished fourth with a two-day total of 19 pounds.

His entry into the EverStart Series Northeastern Division event on Lake Erie came in the unique form of a birthday present.

"My wife gave me this tournament for my birthday," he said. "And it's been one of the best presents I've ever received."

Not a bad present, indeed, considering Allison turned four days of fantastic smallmouth fishing into a $2,320 payday.

Bradley fifth

Teddy Bradley of Mishawaka, Ind., ended up fifth with a two-day total of 18 pounds, 4 ounces.

Rest of the best

Rounding out the top 10 co-anglers in the EverStart Series Northeastern:

6th: Wayne Wininger of Waynesboro, Pa., 14-8
7th: Dale Fisher of Watsontown, Pa., 9-14
8th: Alan Hench of Lititz, Pa., 8-5
9th: Bill Gift of Alix, Ark., 7-10
10th: Rick Horner of Bridgewater, Conn., 5-5

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