Monday, August 27, 2012

Pro Congratulations

Bass fishing legend Larry Nixon added to the story this weekend by topping the field in the FLW Tour Open on Lake St. Clair with a four-day catch of 84 pounds, 11 ounces. FLW Photo by Brett Carlson.

Wow. A lot happened in the pro angling world this weekend while I was stomping around in Smokies streams.

On the FLW side of things, Larry Nixon added yet another win to his storied career by topping the field in an FLW Tour Open at Lake St. Clair. Nixon, who had won once before on the same waters, took the title in convincing fashion, topping second place finisher Bill McDonald by more than 6 pounds.

On the B.A.S.S. side, Boyd Duckett took the trophy at Lake Oneida, edging out Randy Howell by only 6 ounces. Most importantly to Duckett, the win earned him qualification for the 2013 Bassmaster Classic.

Because Oneida was the final stop of the season for the Elites, it also settled the Angler of the Year and Rookie of the Year races and the post-season field and secured Classic spots for several pros. Congratulations to B.A.S.S. Angler of the Year Brent Chapman and Rookie of the year Brandon Card and to all the post-season and Classic qualifiers.

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