“I got most of my bites on the first bit of the outgoing tide, and you had to be at the right spots at the right time, otherwise they weren’t biting,” he said. “The tide is everything, because none of my spots are super-secret, they’re all kid of community holes.”
Along with the Classic berth, Wagy took home a cash prize and a Triton-Mercury boat and motor package, valued at $45,000, and including a Triton 19SE with a Mercury 200 Optimax motor.
Robert Whitehurst, one of the more consistent anglers in the field, walked away with a runner-up check worth $13,632. In third place is bass fishing legend Woo Daves, who fought hard after a subpar Day One. He ended up with a total of 37-15. In fourth place is last year’s Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Open winner Kelly Pratt with 37-11, and in fifth place is Horce Linwood Boltz with 37-9.
In the co-angler division, Alan Jackson held on to his lead today by catching 5-7 today, which gave him a total of 21-0. Jackson relied on 3/8-ounce, white Terminator spinnerbait. Altering the rate of retrieve proved to be the ticket to his getting bit. For his win, Jackson will take home a Skeeter ZX 190 bass boat powered by a Yamaha VZ150 outboard.
“This is amazing. I want to thank a buddy of mine, because he reminded me about this tournament. He was fishing so I figured I should fish it, too,” Jackson said. “It’s been an amazing week. All of the guys I fished with were amazing. I can’t believe I’m here!”
Behind Jackson is Tony Osborne with 20-2, in third place is Donnie Meade with 19-0, in fourth place is Jeffrey Seamans with 18-14, and in fifth place is Robert Seymour with 15-6.
Ben Parker’s 6-1 largemouth from Day 1 ended up being the Carhartt Big Bass of the tournament on the angler side, earning him $500. Meade’s 5-7 bass was the co-angler Carhartt Big Bass, earning him the same prize.
Wagy took home the Luck “E” Strike Heavyweight award for the biggest bag of the tournament on the pro side, 19-11 on Day 2, winning a $250 Bass Pro Shops gift card. Randy Bowles was awarded the Luck “E” Strike Heavyweight bag for the co-angler with his 10-4 on Day 1.
The next stop of the Bass Pro Shops Northern Opens is on the Detroit River in Detroit, Mich., July 19-21.