He strategically waited for the bonus hour where he would garner an extra $1,000 for biggest fish of that hour having the official T-Shirt.
“I wasn't really worried the first day, because I just knew someone would come in with one over 10 pounds,” Finch continued. On Day Two, when he was still in the lead, he began considering the possibility that he could win. I went fishing the last day but couldn't catch a fish! His mind was adrift with possibilities. For the last few hours of the tournament, he stayed near the scales watching with ever-increasing earnest. His wife and son were with him and also sitting on the edge of their seats. As the last seconds were counted down, relief, excitement and elation flooded over him as he was declared champion of the 29th Annual Big Bass Splash on Sam Rayburn.
Each day a $5,000 bounty is offered for the first 3.00- , 4.00- and 5.00-pound exact weight bass. The lucky winners for this bonus were:
(Day 1) 4.00 lb. Dusty Birchfield of Zavalla, Texas
(Day 2) 3.00 lb. Alvin Torrey of Lawrenceburg, Tennessee
(Day 2) 5.00 lb. Russell Sparks of Lufkin, Texas
(Day 3) 3.00 lb. Justin Brown of Center, Texas
(Day 3) 5.00 lb. Travis Stewart of Colmesneil, Texas
The $5,000 checks are guaranteed to be paid out, so the ones that were not claimed by catching the bass were put into an open drawing and every angler who was registered to fish was put in the pool. But you have to be present to win! Four lucky anglers, some who had not weighed a single fish, won the remaining $5,000 by drawing of all of the entries in the tournament.
2nd Place: 9.51 | Walter Land | Cleveland, Texas
2013 Dodge Ram Truck, Legend Alpha 199 powered by Mercury, equipped with MinnKota & Lowrance, PLUS $5,000 cash. His fish was caught on a deep point, 16, with a Kicker Fish High Tail blue fleck-floating worm.
3rd Place: 9.28 | Johnny Dewald | Zavalla, Texas
2013 Legend Alpha 191 powered by Mercury, equipped with MinnKota & Lowrance, PLUS $2,500 cash. Dewald did not catch this fish until 1:05 p.m. and had little time to spare to get it to the scales before the tournament was complete.