UPCOMING EVENT: TOYOTA SERIES - 2020 - Lake Norman

Super Tournament Winning Ways – Week 1

Super Tournament Winning Ways – Week 1

College football, hooded sweatshirts and the conclusion of the T-H Marine Bass Fishing League (BFL) regular season are what come to mind as the calendar turns to September. This past weekend, six divisions put a feather in their cap for the year with their two-day Super Tournament events – where the payouts are bigger – but, more importantly, it’s the last chance to accumulate points to qualify for the Regionals this October.

Here’s a rundown of how each of the six Super Tournaments were won over the weekend.

 

Charles Williams

Arkie Division – Lake Dardanelle

Charles Williams of Clarksville, Ark., scored the win on Dardanelle with a two-day catch of 35 pounds, 9 ounces. Williams walked away with a cool $4,800 for his efforts.

To win the event, which was presented by Navionics, Williams went up the Arkansas River and stayed around the Spadra area.

He did work with a one-two punch of flipping a Big Bite Baits Fighting Frog  with a 1/4-ounce weight on 25-pound-test Seaguar Flippin’ Fluorocarbon line and a 1/2-ounce white and chartreuse Z-Man ChatterBait Jack Hammer with chartreuse and pearl Lake Fork Tackle Live Magic Shad trailer. Williams also weighed some fish on a Crack-colored Lucky Craft LC DRS square-bill crankbait.

On Sunday, a 4-pounder he caught late in the day helped boost his catch up to 17 pounds and earn him the first title of his career.

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Fernando Lobato

Great Lakes Division – Mississippi River

Fernando Lobato of Sparta, Wis., grabbed the first win of his career by catching consistent limits each day to weigh 31-2 overall on the Mighty Miss and claimed $5,316 in the process.

Lobato focused on largemouths in Pool No. 8 during the two days of fishing. He targeted deep holes next to grass flats to catch the majority of his fish.

On day one, Lobato started off with a Heddon Zara Spook, which he threw around scattered eelgrass, and later switched to a 3/8-ounce black and blue-colored Kureiji flipping jig with a Sapphire Blue Zoom Super Chunk trailer.

Weather changed on day two and so did Lobato. He couldn’t get the topwater bite going, so he picked up a banana shad Kureiji Mississippi swimming jig, working it in the same grass as Saturday. After catching a limit, Lobato started cranking a Strike King 5XD to make some key upgrades.

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Bradley Smith

Illini Division – Lake Shelbyville

Earning a $7,300 payday and his first win as a boater, Bradley Smith of Saint Jacob, Ill., tallied up 23-7 on Shelbyville.

With one rod in hand, Smith proved ultra-consistent as he flipped a green pumpkin-colored Reaction Innovations Sweet Beaver with a 3/8-ounce Strike King Tour Grade tungsten weight to limits of 11-11 on day one and 11-12 on day two.

He called a roughly three-mile part of the lake home and flipped wood in 2 to 10 feet of water to capture the W.

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Bill Humbard

Mountain Division – Cherokee Lake

Spending most of his time offshore, Bill Humbard of New Market, Tenn., weighed 26-9 to win over $6,300 on Cherokee and claim his fourth title on the fishery.

Concentrating his efforts down near the dam and numerous islands nearby, Humbard fished brush piles, points and deep drops with boulders on them in about 25 feet of water.

To weigh all three species throughout the event, Humbard used a 1/4-ounce homemade jig with a green pumpkin-colored Zoom Super Chunk Jr, a bone-colored Heddon Zara Spook Jr., a 3/4-ounce blue and chartreuse-colored SPRO Little John DD Crankbait and a shaky head with a Watermelon Candy Red Zoom Mag Finesse Worm.

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Mark Shadowens

Okie Division – Grand Lake

Mark Shadowens of Kiefer, Okla., notched his first career victory in a tough tournament on Grand with a total weight of 29-3 to pocket $5,704.

Sticking to Horse Creek, Shadowens worked docks with a green pumpkin Zoom Magnum Trick Worm on a 5/16-ounce homemade wobblehead for the bulk of his catch, though he did pluck a keeper on a 1/2-ounce custom brown jig tipped with a green pumpkin Zoom Ultra Vibe Speed Craw trailer.

While he only got a handful of bites each day, he was consistent in catching 14-15 and 14-4 on days one and two, respectively, and it earned him the win by a little over a pound.

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Rick Hawkins

Piedmont Division – Smith Mountain Lake

Like the majority of winners this past weekend, Rick Hawkins of Roanoke, Va., also claimed the first title of his FLW career. He weighed 31-10, which actually tied him for the title (ties are broken on day two by heaviest one-day catch from the tournament), however, Hawkins weighed 17-6 on day two to break the tie and walk away with over $4,600.

A slew of crankbaits did the trick for Hawkins. He targeted structure in the 20-foot range and made as many casts as he could each day. Rapala DT14s and DT20s, a Strike King 6XD and a 6th Sense Cloud 9 did the bulk of the heavy lifting, and Hawkins stuck with shad colors across the board.

He caught just six keeper fish each day, but sticking around bait and casting as many times as possible each day helped him squeak out the W.

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