By Luigi De Rose
The top 75 teams descended on the Tr-Lakes system to do battle this past weekend. With a heat wave ending after a spectacular lighting storm on Friday night, the weekend cooled and the wind kicked up. Normally difficult conditions but anglers found and caught limits of bass heavier than anticipated.
|Winning smiles for the winning team!|
(Photos: Jeff English)
Day 1 saw the team of Steve Stinson & Jessey Willick sack a 21.45-pound limit to take the lead of the tournament in grad fashion. Ed and Brandon Baker held second with 20.98lbs and TJ Lacey and Brandon Baker secured third with 19.92 lbs. Saturday was a solid start to the two-day team Classic tournament.
The final day saw TJ Lacey and Brandon Baker weigh 17.33 pounds, the heaviest bag of the day, to take the win with a two-day total of 37.25lbs. They surpassed the dynamic duo of Jarrod Dean and Gerard Cocks who totaled 34.30 lbs. Baker and Lacey claimed the $12 000 first prize money plus the winner’s trophies.
Overall big bass went to Duane Jacobs and Mike Williams who caught a 6.53lb beast on Day 2.
Awards were also given to Jarrod Dean and Gerard Cocks who won Team of the Year and Mike Williams captured Angler of the Year for the third year in a row.