Holmer and I both are taking Jason “Tower of Power” Williamson (6.1%), who placed eighth on Falcon in 2008. Williamson has said Falcon is his favorite lake and that jigging deep structure is his favorite technique.
Lindgren’s going with Takahiro Omori (13.8%), who finished 22nd here in 2008 in the Elite Series tournament and 19th in another pro tournament trail derby.
Lindgren picked Jeff Kriet, whom I was considering also. Kriet has more experience on Falcon than most, having filmed several fishing shows here with Mark Zona and others. He finished 26th here in 2008. Upriver on Amistad, he’s finished 11th, 19th and 21st in March tournaments.
I’m also considering Mark Davis who, following wrist surgery in the offseason, appears to be returning to the form that saw him winning a Classic and Angler of the Year honors in 1995. A postspawn, deep-structure specialist, Davis has won five B.A.S.S. events and last week finished ninth in the tough Sabine event.
Holmer picked Terry Scroggins, who staged an impressive comeback (44.4 pounds on Day 4!) to finish runner-up to Paul Elias here in 2008, falling only ounces short of the win.
Consider also Native Californian and current Weatherford, Texas, resident, Gary Klein (2.2%); Kelly Jordon, Mineola, Texas, resident and Lake Fork Tackle-sponsored angler (9.6%); and Oklahoman Tommy Biffle (1%), who could be one of the few shallow-water guys to make the Top 12.
Kevin VanDam (17.2%) is a threat to win any tournament he’s in, especially one in which cranking deep and spinnerbaiting shallow are likely to be in play. We’ll all be shocked if he isn’t a factor this week.
However, VanDam is not the most-owned angler in Bucket A this week. That honor falls to Alton Jones (20.9%), who finished eighth last week on the Sabine. He’s a pretty safe pick, considering that we have it on good authority that he parks a trailer down at Falcon about once a month and fishes there. On the other hand, he finished 44th here in 2008.
Holmer picked Aaron Martens (8.9%), who famously finished fourth here in 2008, having shared an offshore spot, harsh words and hurt feelings with Byron Velvick, who finished third. A California native, Martens is a master at using his electronics to find fish. If the bass are suspending this week, he might indeed have the best chance to best find and catch them.
Lindgren and I both like Keith Combs (7.3%). Although he was not in the Elites when BASS came here in 2008, he has competed on Falcon a few times, finishing second, 11th and 21st in mid-major tournaments on another pro circuit.
Something is telling me, however, to take 2013 Bassmaster Classic champ Cliff Pace, who at 0.9% ownership is a tremendous value. I found no definitive stats, however, to back up what would, essentially, be a gut pick. And while it’s crazy to see the Classic champ with less than 1% ownership, I’m not surprised. I wrote several times last year about how Pace was consistently undervalued. That, however, was when he was in Buckets D and C.
Who are you picking? Debate our roster picks and yours in the comments section below.