The final stop of the Polar Bear Opens by FishStyx custom Rods for 2020 was Sunday at Dukes Bridge and it produced a record number of teams (25) that came out to try their luck on this big fish factory.
The sun shined most of the day with the temperatures reaching around 50 degrees, winds under 10 mph and fish biting.
John Gipson and Justin Hahaj raked a 22-pound, 9-ounce limit of smallmouth from the no wake zone of the St. Joseph River at Benton Harbor to win the Southwest Michigan Fall Tournament last weekend.
The duo won $260 by fishing 7 to 18 feet of water around bait balls.
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Hank Cherry, of Lincolnton, N.C., is leading after Day 1 of the Academy Sports + Outdoors Bassmaster Classic presented by Huk with 29 pounds, 3 ounces. - Photo by Gary Tramontina/B.A.S.S.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Halfway through Day 1 of the Academy Sports + Outdoors Bassmaster Classic presented by Huk, North Carolina pro Hank Cherry fell and injured his right arm.
For a moment, he thought it might even be broken.
But Cherry powered through the pain — and with only one good arm, he caught five bass that weighed 29 pounds, 3 ounces to take the lead at the 50th edition of the Super Bowl of Professional Bass Fishing. Competition is taking place on Lake Guntersville with weigh-ins at the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex.
Cherry said his injury, which occurred as he was reaching down to grab a fish, would likely require a visit to a local doctor — but it wouldn’t keep him from fishing Saturday morning.
“I didn’t expect to catch them like this at all,” Cherry said. “What I caught my fish on was actually plan B. But it’s plan A now, for sure.”
Believing the location and structure he was fishing were the real key to his success, Cherry made no secret of the bait he was using. He said he started with a lipless crankbait, but the high winds kept a loop in his line and made it hard for him to maintain proper contact with the bait.
“That’s why I switched to a bladed jig,” he said. “It just made more sense for the conditions we were fishing, and it turned out to be the perfect choice.”