UPCOMING EVENT: TOYOTA SERIES - 2020 - Lake Cumberland

Double dose of flipping lessons

Double dose of flipping lessons
Mike Rychard rebounded from a 53rd place finish on day one to win the co-angler division.

PAYSON, Ariz. - Prior to the EverStart Series Western Division event on Lake Roosevelt, flipping was not one of Mike Rychard's strong suits. However, after a crash course in this plastic tactic delivered the co-angler victory, he's probably a fan for life.

Rychard was quick to thank his partner, pro winner Ken Howden with whom he spent two highly productive days learning the finer points of flipping. After starting the tournament in 53rd place with 6-15 on day one, Rychard drew Howden for day two and benefitted greatly from the pile of huge fish hisA combination of jigs, spinnerbaits and dropshots produced the winning catch for Mike Rychard. partner had located. A big day two limit of 17-9 - the heaviest co-angler bag - propelled him into first place and another 16 pounds on day three sealed the deal with a winning total of 40-8 and a margin of 8-7.

"I fished with an awesome pro for two days," Rychard said. "Not many guys are going to be fortunate enough to draw a pro on Friday and be in position to fish with that same guy the next day. You're at a big advantage of knowing what's going on and where you're going to go."

Rychard fished spinnerbaits, jigs and dropshots baited with Mother's Finest worms, but flipping tubes and creature baits produced his largest fish.

Christopher Irigoyen relied on dropshots for his day three fish."The first day that I fished with (Howden), he had a good limit early," Rychard said. "Believe it or not, he actually stopped fishing for 45 minutes to an hour and let me catch my fifth fish and we came in early yesterday. Today, it was the same deal. We got our limits early in the morning. We might have fished another hour and then we came in at noon."

Irigoyen dropshots his way to second

Christopher Irigoyen, of Henderson, Nev. had the biggest comeback of the tournament. On day one, he caught just 3 pounds, 2 ounces and landed in 105th place. A day later, he fished behind one of the top western anglers, Jimmy Reese, and caught a limit of 17-2 that included the day's Big Bass (7-9) and rocketed up the standings to fourth place. On day three, he fished with Arizona pro Clay Lippincott, who also took second in his division, and caught 11-13 to boost his total to 32-1.

Irigoyen caught fish on jigs earlier in the week, but dropshotting Roboworms produced all of his day three fish. He used four different color patterns and found the lighter worms yielded more bites, whileAfter fishing deep most of the week, Mike Powell had to adjust to a shallow day in the final round. darker colors appealed to bigger fish.

Powell goes shallow, slips to third

He fished deep most of the week, but Utah co-angler Mike Powell had to adjust to a shallow pattern on day three. He caught his fish by dragging jigs and finesse worms. Powell's limit catch of 9-4 on day three gave him a tournament total of 30-6.

Lester Albury, of Temecula, Calif. placed fourth with 29-0, while Roy Desmangles Jr., of Lincoln, Calif. Spinnerbaits were the key for fourth place co-angler Lester Albury.gained five spots to fifth with 28-15.

Best of the rest

Rounding out the top-10 co-angler leaders at the EverStart Series Choke Canyon event:

6th: Bryant Smith, of Castro Valley, Calif., 26-13
7th: Pat Wilson, of Petaluma, Calif., 26-4
8th: Shannon Henry, of Phoenix, Ariz., 25-6
9th: Matthew Nadeau, of Grass Valley, Calif., 22-10
10th: Justin Arellano, Isleton, Calif., 21-13

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