UPCOMING EVENT: Costa FLW Series - 2019 - Lake Champlain

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Rudy can’t fail

Rudy can’t fail
Brett Rudy of Burlington, Iowa, won $60,000 as the co-angler champion of the 2010 BFL All-American on DeGray Lake.

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. - Brett Rudy of Burlington, Iowa, jumped into the co-angler lead in the BFL All-American championship on day two, then got paired with bullet-proof Troy Morrow, the ultimate boater champion, on Saturday for a wild final day of fishing. The 25-year-old picked up two more today for a convincing championship win and a $50,000 cash prize plus a $10,000 Ranger bonus.

But it wasn't nearly as easy as it sounds. Rudy caught his fish the first two days Carolina-rigging and was sure he'd do the same today - until he got on the water.

"I switched to crankbaits," said Rudy, who works as a firefighter and paramedic. "(Morrow) was moving so fast, I couldn't drag that Carolina rig. We were flying ... we burned out the trolling-motor batteries, we were moving so fast."

Despite the fast and furious pace of his final day, Rudy was able to settle into a crankbait groove, fishing a Bomber Fat Free Shad, a Norman DD 22 and a Bandit 700 Series lure, all in shad-imitating colors.

"I didn't catch that big one until about 10 (this morning) on a deep-diving crankbait that I have never thrown before ... but I've had for about 10 years," he said.

Co-angler Brett Rudy won the championship with a three-day total weight of 21 pounds, 4 ounces, including two bass for 5-14 on the final day.Rudy looked stunned when accepting his winner's check onstage and hearing that his win has qualified him to fish the 2010 Forrest Wood Cup.

"I don't know that it's even sunk in," he said.

Though he said he thinks about trying to go pro, Rudy is in no rush. He said he's "not at that level yet," but allowed as how his job would allow for the time off if he ever decides to step to the front of the boat.

Rudy fished with Eric Guimond on day one for a weight of 3 pounds, 6 ounces, with Jay Keith on day two for 12 pounds and finally Morrow today for 5-14 more, giving him a three-day total weight of 21-4.

Rasnick rises to runner-up

Co-angler Jeremy Rasnick of Point Lookout, Mo., climbed five slots to finish the tournament as runner-up with a three-day total weight of 18-7 worth $15,000 plus a $2,000 Ranger bonus. He sacked one of the few co-angler limits of the week today, but got drilled with 2 1/2 pounds' worth of dead-fish penalties Co-angler Jeremy Rasnick of Point Lookout, Mo., ended the All-American in second place with 12 bass weighing 18-7 worth $17,000. leaving his official daily tally at 8-12.

"We were fishing really deep water," he said. "I was fortunate enough to fish with local favorite Chris Darby. We ended up practicing together (on the official practice day Wednesday), and I knew we were going to get along."

Rasnick, a 27-year-old U.S. Army Corps of Engineers park ranger, said he caught his bass on a Carolina rig with a Brush Hog in watermelon color, mostly at depths of 25 to 35 feet. They fished offshore structure in the midlake area.

Rest of the best

Rounding out the top 10 co-anglers finishing the BFL All-American presented by Chevy on DeGray Lake:

3rd: Matt King, Olathe, Kan., nine bass, 15-11, $6,500
4th: Ray Holloway, Snellville, Ga., nine bass, 14-11, $5,000
5th: Randy Pierson, Oakdale, Calif., six bass, 13-14, $6,000*
6th: Ben Due, Mauston, Wis., seven bass, 13-11, $4,000
7th: Jerry Pyles, Middletown, Md., eight bass 11-11, $3,500
8th: Charlie Russler, Falling Waters, W.Va., eight bass, 11-6, $4,200*
9th David Hamilton, Rogers, Ark., four bass, 9-15, $2,500
10th: Adam Williamson, Ridgeway, S.C., six bass, 9-2, $2,000

*includes Ranger Cup bonus

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