OSAGE BEACH, Mo. - November 10, 2001 - Jackie Davis entered the final day of competition at the Missouri CITGO BASSMASTER Central Open presented by Triton hoping to jump from 13th place into the top five in order to win a boat. Thanks to a five-fish limit of 14 pounds, 8 ounces on Saturday the Willard, Mo., angler found himself claiming the $51,000 first prize.
"It feels good," said Davis whose final weight of 26-0 gave him a 2-3 margin of victory. "This is exciting, my highest finish in a B.A.S.S. event was a 13th. I was fortunate this week to have three great partners. This is my first year fishing all of the Central trail events and this gives me a great start."
Brian Snowden, Springfield, Mo., and Todd Faircloth, Jasper, Texas, tied for second place with each angler claiming $36,000 for their 23-13 performance. Stephen Browning, Hot Springs, Ark., brought in 23-2, claiming $17,500 for fourth. The leader of day one and two,Lance Vick, Mineola, Texas, claimed $12,000 for his 21-9 fifth-place finish after only bringing in a single bass on Saturday.
"I was real fortunate today," said Davis who has only fished a handful of B.A.S.S. events in the past. "I had six keeper bites and got all of them into the boat. It was a great day on the water. Unlike yesterday we had some sunshine which I really needed for my pattern."
Davis keyed on bass suspended under boat docks, catching the fish on a homemade jig with a Zoom Critter Craw trailer (green pumpkin). A major component to his success was fishing in hard-to-reach areas particularly near underwater cables. The areas Davis fished were locations he had success in past years, but he was surprised by the success today.
"It is hard to win on your home lake. I didn't think I could jump into the lead today, but fortunately I landed all the fish I needed," he said.
Faircloth keyed on channel swings in the backs of creeks catching fish near areas of rock and wood. His primary bait was a 1/2-ounce Stanley Wedge Spinnerbait. Faircloth also found success on a Lake Fork Tackle Tube (green pumpkin).
Snowden caught most of his fish pitching a Texas-rigged black neon Riverside tube bait (3/16-ounce weight) to the shady sides and backs of shallow boat docks in the Warsaw area. He also took some keepers on a 3/8-ounce green pumpkin Riverside jig and black neon Riverside Big Claw trailer.
Overall anglers in the field found the final round to be better fishing as six limits were brought in compared to just three during the first two days.
Ken Cook of Meers, Okla., picked up $1,000 for the day's big bass bonus with a 5-12 lunker.
By sanctioning over 20,000 tournaments worldwide, B.A.S.S. is the world's largest fishing organization. The CITGO BASSMASTER Tournament Trail is the oldest and most prestigious pro bass fishing tournament circuit. It continues to set the standard for credibility, professionalism, and sportsmanship after more than three decades.
Sponsors of the CITGO BASSMASTER Central Open event include: CITGO, Chevrolet Trucks, Mercury Marine, Yamaha Outboards, Triton Boats, Skeeter Boats, Lowrance Electronics, Pennzoil Marine, Flowmaster Exhaust Systems, Stowaway Batteries, Kumho Tires, Long John Silver's, Gore-Tex Outwear, MotorGuide Trolling Motors, Bass Pro Shops, Armstrong Industrial Hand Tools, GMAC/ B.A.S.S. Vehicle & Boat Insurance, B.A.S.S. Platinum Visa/First USA.
Associate Sponsors include: Bass Cat Boats, G3 Boats
The CITGO BASSMASTER Central Open event is presented locally by the Lake of the Ozarks Convention and Visitors Bureau.
Story Courtesy of B.A.S.S., Inc.