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Chickamauga’s Gross Wins Costa FLW Series Southeastern Division Event on Lake Seminole Presented by Mud Hole Custom Tackle

Chickamauga’s Gross Wins Costa FLW Series Southeastern Division Event on Lake Seminole Presented by Mud Hole Custom Tackle
Buddy Gross

BAINBRIDGE, Ga. – FLW Tour pro Buddy Gross of Chickamauga, Georgia, weighed a five-bass limit totaling 23 pounds, 7 ounces, Saturday to claim top honors at the Costa FLW Series Southeastern Division tournament on Lake Seminole presented by Mud Hole Custom Tackle. Gross’ three-day total of 15 bass weighing 64 pounds, 11 ounces, was enough to earn him $52,200.

“I’m feeling really great right now,” said Gross, who also logged a top-10 finish at the Series Southeastern Division opener on Lake Okeechobee in January. “This is an awesome lake and I’ve had a great time on it this week. The Lord has really blessed me.”

Gross said he caught the majority of his bass in Spring Creek. He said his area revolved around a unique turn in the creek channel that acted as a highway for bass to travel to shallow spawning flats.

“Every fish I weighed in came off that 100-yard stretch,” said Gross. “It was like a pocket in the deep grass line that led straight to the spawning flats and there was timber in the middle of it. The grass down the sides was about 14- or 15-feet tall and it was green and healthy.”

Gross said he used two baits to catch his fish – a Tennessee Shad-colored Zoom Swimmer Paddle Tail Swimbait, and a white Zoom Magnum Super Fluke with a Tennessee River Tremor Head. He said he each lure was equally productive in catching a total of 17 keepers throughout the event.

“I’d throw the Swimmer up over the grass early on in the day, and then I’d take the fluke and slow roll it through the timber to catch suspended fish in the afternoon,” said Gross.

Though his bass made subtle moves throughout the week, Gross was still able to put together the weight he needed to win.

“On Thursday they were wadded up tight, and yesterday they were scattered,” said Gross. “They were in two different spots today, but close together. It was just one of those textbook kinds of areas that you dream about.”

The top 10 pros on Lake Seminole were:

1st:          Buddy Gross, Chickamauga, Ga., 15 bass, 64-11, $52,200

2nd:         Bryan Thrift, Shelby, N.C., 15 bass, 58-9, $21,600

3rd:          Clint Brown, Bainbridge, Ga., 15 bass, 56-5, $15,000

4th:          Rodger Beaver, Dawson, Ga., 15 bass, 48-13, $13,000

5th:          Matt Baty, Bainbridge, Ga., 14 bass, 47-1, $12,000

6th:          Chad Prough, Chipley, Fla., 14 bass, 43-11, $9,500

7th:          Bradford Beavers, Ridgeville, S.C., 15 bass, 42-14, $8,200

8th:          Barry Wilson, Birmingham, Ala., 13 bass, 39-13, $7,200

9th:          Randy Haynes, Counce, Tenn., 11 bass, 39-5, $6,200

10th:        Nic Jeter, Bainbridge, Ga., 12 bass, 37-12, $4,600

A complete list of results can be found at FLWFishing.com.

Jeff Fitts of Keystone Heights, Florida, caught an 8-pound, 1-ounce bass Thursday – the biggest of the tournament in the Pro Division. For his catch, Fitts earned the day’s Boater Big Bass award of $300.

Dwayne Fricks of Starr, South Carolina, won the Co-angler Division and $28,600, including a Ranger Z175 with a 90-horsepower Evinrude outboard motor. Fricks earned his win with a three-day total catch of 14 bass weighing 33 pounds, 3 ounces. 

The top 10 co-anglers on Lake Seminole were:

1st:          Dwayne Fricks, Starr, S.C., 14 bass, 33-3, $28,600

2nd:         Craig Rozema, Simpsonville, S.C., 11 bass, 31-0, $6,550

3rd:          Todd Beaver, Richland, Ga., 11 bass, 26-1, $5,400

4th:          Mitch Hayes, Chipley, Fla., nine bass, 24-1, $4,100

5th:          Kyle Stafford, Lakeland, Fla., 11 bass, 24-0, $3,600

6th:          Darren Jeter, Marshall, N.C., 10 bass, 23-14, $3,100

7th:          Scap Cicero, Wetumpka, Ala., nine bass, 23-11, $2,600

8th:          Danny Weldon, Baldwin, Fla., 11 bass, 23-0, $2,050

9th:          Heath Gilmore, Meridian, Miss., nine bass, 21-14, $1,620

10th:        George Davis, Moore Haven, Fla., 10 bass, 20-12, $1,370

Beaver caught the biggest bass of the tournament in the Co-angler Division Friday, a fish weighing 7 pounds, 6 ounces that earned him the day’s Co-angler Big Bass award of $200.

The Costa FLW Series on Lake Seminole was hosted by the Bainbridge Convention & Visitors Bureau. It was the second Southeastern Division tournament of 2017. The next Costa FLW Series tournament will be the Central Division opener, held March 30 to April 1, on Lake Dardanelle in Russellville, Arkansas. For a complete schedule, visit FLWFishing.com.

The Costa FLW Series consists of five U.S. divisions – Central, Northern, Southeastern, Southwestern and Western. Each division consists of three tournaments with competitors vying for valuable points that could earn them the opportunity to fish in the Costa FLW Series Championship. The 2017 Costa FLW Series Championship is being held Nov. 2-4 on Kentucky Lake in Paris, Tennessee.

For complete details and updated information visit FLWFishing.com. For regular updates, photos, tournament news and more, follow the Costa FLW Series on Facebook at Facebook.com/FLWFishing and on Twitter at Twitter.com/FLWFishing.

About FLW

FLW is the world’s largest tournament-fishing organization, providing anglers of all skill levels the opportunity to compete for millions in prize money in 2017 across five tournament circuits. Headquartered in Benton, Kentucky, with offices in Minneapolis, FLW conducts more than 274 bass-fishing tournaments annually across the United States and sanctions tournaments in Canada, China, Mexico, South Africa and South Korea. FLW tournament fishing can be seen on the Emmy-nominated “FLW" television show, broadcast to more than 564 million households worldwide, while FLW Bass Fishing magazine delivers cutting-edge tips from top pros. For more information visit FLWFishing.com and follow FLW at FacebookTwitterInstagramYouTube and Snapchat.

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