Patrick Walters: Mission accomplished – and more

It took him all day to put the icing on the cake, but Patrick Walters completed his first Bassmaster Elite Series victory in historic fashion. After starting Day 4 with a 25-pound lead, it was a given Walters would win. The only question was could he top the 100-pound mark in doing so.

In the final hour Walters added a 6-pound, 5-ounce bass and a 4-3 to vault over the century mark. He finished with 22-10 for the day and 104-12 for the tournament. He obliterated the previous mark for the largest winning margin in an Elite Series win, which was Mike McClelland’s 15 1/2-pound edge over second place at Grand Lake in 2006. Keith Combs finished second to Walters with 75-2, a winning margin of 29-10.