Bradley Roy holds off the court with 26 pounds on day two
MONROE-WEST MONROE, La. (WTVQ/Press Release) – The Major League Fishing (MLF) Bass Pro Tour B&W Trailer Hitches Stage One Presented by Power-Pole in Monroe-West Monroe, Louisiana, will not necessarily be remembered for the number of fish caught, but it will go down in the history books for the size of the fish caught.
During an incredible day of fishing on Bussey Brake, the last 10 Bass Pro Tour anglers caught a notable 31 bass weighing in at 163 pounds, 2 ounces – an average weight of 5 pounds, 5 ounces. The catch included three 7-pounders, an 8-pounder, two 9-pounders and a 12-pounder, a remarkable day that had the professional bass fishing world buzzing.
After the last fish made it to the SCORETRACKER™ leaderboard on Thursday night, it was Covercraft pro Bradley Roy of Lancaster, Kentucky, whose name remained at the top. Roy weighed five basses totaling 26 pounds and 2 ounces, enough to hold off a hard-charging Alton Jones of Lorena, Texas, by a margin of 1 pound and 3 ounces.
“Man, this took a long time to come. God gets all the glory for this one, because I tried every way in the world to ruin this one,” Roy said in his post-game interview. “The third period for me was miserable. I just felt like I was taking blow after blow. Randy (Howell) catches a 12. Jordan Lee was coming in – I knew he wouldn’t give up. Then Alton (Jones) – I could see it. I could see (Bryan) Thrift. They were all grabbing them, and I couldn’t bite.
“SCORETRACKER is bad when you’re near the cut, but it was another level this afternoon,” Roy continued. “I kept staring at the clock and listening to my official. Every time he cleared his throat and prepared to speak again, my heart sank. I’m so thankful that I have enough weight Coming out on top is pretty special.
Roy spent the day flipping bushes and isolated structural elements with a beaver-style bait, using a 7-foot, 6-inch Ark Essence series flipping stick with a 7:1 gear ratio reel. , spooled with 22-pound Seaguar Tatsu fluorocarbon line. and a 3/8 ounce Ark tungsten weight.
“I think the baby role model has to be the deal,” Roy said of his new son Lucas, who was born in August. “Everyone always says – you have a new baby and you win a tournament. Well, we just had Lucas, and now I’m winning. I think there might be something to that.
For the second day in a row, pro Randy Howell of Guntersville, Alabama broke the Bass Pro Tour record for the heaviest bass ever weighed during competition. After winning the $1,000 Berkley Big Bass prize on Wednesday for his then-record 10-pound, 14-ounce Caney Creek giant, Howell backed him up Thursday with a new record-breaking 12-pound, 11-ounce lunker – a new Record Bass of the Pro Tour and a new lake record for Bussey Brake. Howell also won Thursday’s $1,000 Berkley Big Bass Prize and the $3,000 Berkley Big Bass Prize for the biggest overall bass of the event.
“Overall I didn’t catch a lot of bass this week, but I made it to sixth place,” Howell said. “It’s just going to show you that one turnaround, one casting can change your whole life. Never give up, fish at the last minute and good things will happen.
“I never really found what I know this lake is capable of, but we ended up being much better than how we started today,” Howell continued. “Towards the end of the day I was flipping the old (Yamamoto) Senko – and the big chunk. It was a black and blue Senko, with a red Bass Pro XPS tungsten weight – I think the red gives it a little flash – and I cast it on a 7ft 6in Daiwa Ish Monroe Flipping Stick with an 8:1 Daiwa Tatula reel and 22lb Daiwa Fluorocarbon line.
The top 10 pros of the B&W Trailer Hitches Stage One presented by Power-Pole have completed:
1st: Bradley Roy, Lancaster, Ky., five bass, 26-2, $100,000
2n/a: Alton Jones, Lorena, Texas, five bass, 24-15, $45,000
3rd: Jordan Lee, Cullman, Ala., five bass, 24-9, $38,000
4and: Bryan Thrift, Shelby, NC, four bass, 23-15, $32,000
5and: Jeff Sprague, Wills Point, Texas, four bass, 18-13, $30,000
6and: Randy Howell, Guntersville, Ala., two bass, 16-3, $26,000
sevenand: Mark Daniels, Jr., Tuskegee, Ala., three bass, 13-6, $23,000
8and: Jacob Wheeler, Harrison, Tennessee, two bass, 11-4, $28,000
9and: Shinichi Fukae, Osaka, Japan, one bass, 3-15, $19,000
tenand: Jared Lintner, Covington, Ga., zero bass, $16,000
Full results for the entire field can be found at MajorLeagueFishing.com.
The B&W Trailer Hitches Stage One presented by Power-Pole featured anglers competing with a minimum weight requirement of 1 pound and 8 ounces on Lake D’Arbonne, and a minimum weight requirement of 2 pounds on Caney Creek and Bussey Brake for a bass to be considered scorable. Minimum weights are determined individually for each competition water visited by the Bass Pro Tour, based on productivity, bass population and expected average fish size in each fishery.
The B&W Trailer Hitches Stage One presented by Power-Pole, hosted by Discover Monroe-West Monroe, featured 80 of the world’s top professional bass anglers competing over six days for a total purse of $805,000, including including a cash prize of $100,000 to the winner.