The art of the beatdown

Despite the close calls at Toledo Bend in recent years — the last two tournaments ended regulation with a combined separation between first and second place of exactly 1 ounce — the lake is actually better known for blowouts than close calls.


In 13 previous B.A.S.S. events (including the Niggemeyer and Rojas wins that were impossibly tight), six had margins of victory of 10 pounds or greater, and three of them were by more than 16 pounds.


That's a gigantic chasm between first and second place, and no other venue in B.A.S.S. history has produced as many big "beatdowns" as Toledo Bend.

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