LeBrun fishing for redemption

Two weeks ago in the Central Open at Alabama’s Smith Lake, Nick LeBrun was in first place going into the final day. He finished second by over 4 pounds to Jacob Powroznik. LeBrun caught only three keepers totaling 5-7 on Day 3.

The 37-year-old Bossier City, La., resident is in the process of reversing that outcome - in a big way - on Grand Lake. LeBrun has put on a topwater show this morning, relying exclusively on a River2Sea Whopper Plopper 130 in loon color, which is primarily black. He started the morning with a 5-pounder and closed the 9 o’clock hour with a 4-pounder, noting, “That fish right there is going to be key.”

It gave him a five-bass total of 16-6, according to BassTrakk, and a lead of almost 14 pounds over second place. The standings will undoubtedly tighten as the day goes on. So far this week the mid-day and afternoon bite has been key. But LeBrun has set a high bar in the first three hours of this final day of the final Basspro.com Bassmaster Open of the 2021 season.