The KJ factor, Chapman's incredible year, and much more

Looking back at Toledo Bend, forward to La Crosse

Patience Pays Off With Highlight Video

When the top 10 Bassmaster Elite Series highlights of the 2012 season are compiled, one moment from Chapman's final day on Toledo Bend is certain to be among them. He started on that main lake point Sunday, but caught only three small keepers in the first two hours.

"I was just about to bail (out of there)," Chapman said.

That's when he caught a five-pounder after switching to a ¾-ounce War Eagle football jig with a green-pumpkin Tightlines UV Hog soft plastic trailer. A few casts later, Chapman hooked a difference-maker.

"I set the hook on it, and it goes screaming to the side, so I loosened my drag," Chapman said. "I'm like, 'I've got him now.' He goes pulling drag and all the sudden he's in a tree. I just about had a heart attack."

For the next several seconds, the audio portion of this clip could pass for that of a man being tortured. Chapman could see the bass, but it had circled Chapman's line around a piece of standing timber. That bass essentially had a $100,000 check attached to its tail.

"I was able to reach down and get the line around (the tree) and get him in," Chapman said. "The could have easily gone the wrong way."

The 6-pound, 7-ounce largemouth tied for Carhartt Big Bass honors Sunday, when Chapman's five-bass limit weighed 23-11. He finished with a 4-pound, 4-ounce margin over second-place Cliff Pace.

 

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