UPCOMING EVENT: HIGH SCHOOL FISHING - 2019 - Pickwick Lake

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Powell pulls it off

Powell pulls it off
Hensley Powell

For two days, Hensley Powell lamented the decline of a potential winning pattern he had found during his practice on Table Rock. Day three teased him with signs of possible improvement, but the Tennessee pro never got the train rolling and, instead, picked his way to a 40-pound, 12-ounce winning total at the Costa FLW Series Central Division event presented by Lowrance. Weighing a limit for 11-7 on the final day, Powell takes home $49,700 for his win.

Complete results

Winning co-angler pattern 

“Earlier in the week, we were catching them good — 18 to 19 pounds a day — but every day it’s gotten less, less, less,” Powell says. “I caught a lot of fish, but the quality was dropping every day.”

Fishing far up the White River, Powell targeted prespawn staging areas; specifically, the last 50 yards of spawning coves. Banks with 8-12 feet of water proved most consistent. Throughout the tournament, Powell fished a YUM YUMbrella Flash Mob Jr. with white ice-colored Zoom Swimmin’ Fluke swimbaits (in the junior size) and a Strike King KVD Jerkbait.

“The fish want to move up to spawn. I don’t know if the weights went down because the big fish moved on up,” Powell says. “I never pulled up on a spot in all three days where I didn’t catch fish. It’s just that every day, the weights got lower.

“I probably caught 20 more fish today, but only seven keepers. Yesterday, I culled 20 times and the first day, I was catching bigger ones. I really expected to catch 19 pounds with this weather today. I culled two times today.”

He also believes the week’s weather played a role in his pattern’s decline. A couple of days before the event, anglers practiced in t-shorts. A cold front that arrived the night before day one shaved about a dozen degrees off the daytime high, ushered in gusty winds of up to 15 mph and shivered that first takeoff with temperatures in the upper 30’s.

Day two brought the dreaded post-frontal bluebird conditions — bright sun, little wind and high pressure. Day three’s cloudy skies, scattered rain and moderate winds appeared to be stirring up the kind of day that sees fish feeding heavily ahead of the forecasted evening showers.

Unfortunately, the big fish refused to chew today, as anglers across the board reported nothing but small fish. Powell’s day-three limit of 11-7 was the day’s heaviest, but his week’s lightest. Luckily, it was enough for him to overcome the rest of a stacked top 10. 

 

Top 10 pros

1. Hensley Powell – Whitwell, Tenn. – 40-12 (15) – $49,700

2. Mike McClelland – Bentonville, Ark. – 39-4 (14) – $19,500

3. Jeremy Lawyer – Sarcoxie, Mo. – 39-1 (15) – $14,000

4. Stacey King – Reeds Spring, Mo. – 38-15 (15) – $12,000

5. Derek Jenkel – Pinckneyville, Ill. – 35-2 (14) – $11,100

6. Kevin Meeks – Smyrna, Tenn. – 34-9 (13) – $9,000

7. Keith Amerson – Bethel Springs, Tenn. – 34-8 (13) – $7,800

8. Graden Hansen – Lees Summit, Mo. –  33-3 (12) – $7,100

9. Todd Castledine – Nacogdoches, Texas – 30-13 (12) – $5,800

10. Cody Hahner – Wausau, Wis. – 28-0 (1-) – $4,400

Complete results

 

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