Ron Fabiszak (South Bend) and Jason Fowler (South Bend) won the two-day Megaware KeelGuard R&B Classic by nearly six pounds at Higgins and Houghton Lake recently.
Fabiszak and Fowler took the first-day lead with a 19.80-pound limit of smallmouth bass from Higgins Lake. They were one of only three teams with a limit, catching all but one fish on an Alabama Rig retrieved in 16-18 feet of water. They caught one four pounder with a tube bait and their 4.72-pound smallmouth won them the Lochness Lures Big Bass of the day.
The 33-year-old Illinois smallmouth bass record has been broken on Lake Michigan.
The 7-pound, 3-ounce bass was caught Monday night from Monroe Harbor in Chicago by Joe Capilupo of LaGrange, Ill. It was caught on a Z-man Ned Rig in California Craw color.
The fish measured 22¼ inches long and had a girth of 16½ inches.
The all-new St. Croix Legend Elite Panfish Series features five spinning rods – each designed for extreme sensitivity to detect the subtlest of strikes – combining the lengths and actions needed to deliver lighter baits and lures with the strength and durability required to manage autumn’s trophy-sized specimens.
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Ott DeFoe came into Friday’s opening round of the GEICO Bassmaster Classic presented by DICK’S Sporting Goods with two patterns in mind that he thought would work on the Tennessee River.
Only one of them did — and even then, just barely.
But it worked well enough to give him the lead at the Super Bowl of Professional Bass Fishing.
DeFoe caught only eight keeper bass on the day, but his best five weighed 20 pounds and gave him an early cushion over Arizona pros Roy Hawk, who was second with 17-11, and Clifford Pirch, who was third with 16-11.
“I got five good bites all day, and I landed them,” said DeFoe, a Knoxville resident who was considered by many to be the odds-on favorite coming into the event. “Honestly, it felt like a very tough day.”
DeFoe’s two-pattern strategy included one tactic he believed would produce heavier bass and another he thought would be a good “limit filler.” The limit-filling pattern didn’t work at all.