Pro Jason Lambert of Pickwick Dam, Tennessee, brought a five-bass limit to the scale Sunday weighing 29 pounds even â€“ the heaviest limit ever weighed at Kentucky Lake in FLW Tour competition â€“ to win the Walmart FLW Tour at Kentucky Lake presented by Mercury Marine. Lambert’s four-day total weight of 20 bass for 97-2 gave him the victory by a 7-pound, 12-ounce margin over second place pro Brandon Hunter of Benton, Kentucky, in the tournament that featured 162 of the best professional bass-fishing anglers in the world competing for the top cash award of $125,000.
â€œToday was one of those days when everything just came together perfect,â€ said Lambert, the 2014 FLW Tour Rookie of the Year, now in his third season. â€œI culled two fish that were over 5 pounds today. That has never happened to me before. I’ve said for years, Kentucky Lake is the best ledge-fishing tournament lake in the country. This week has been magical.â€
Lambert said that his key bait on the first two days of competition was a Castaic Heavy Metal Flutter Spoon, but he also caught a couple of largemouth on a V&M J-Mag Worm. He made what he called a tactical decision and switched to a 7-inch green shad-colored Castaic Jerky J Swimbait to catch most of his fish on the final two days of competition.
â€œOn the last two days, there is no co-angler to help net our fish,â€ Lambert said. â€œThat swimbait is a single hook, and the chances of losing a fish are way, way less than the chances of losing one on a spoon or a crankbait. That factored a lot into my decision to throw the swimbait the last two days.
â€œI really figured out a cadence â€“ the right speed and the depth range to run it in,â€ Lambert continued. â€œBut, if there was a key for me this week, it was my Garmin electronics.â€
Lambert said that he had around 60 different schools of fish marked on a 75-mile run down the Tennessee River from Kentucky Dam, and that the schools got bigger as the tournament progressed.
â€œThere is so many fish in this entire lake, you can fish everywhere. I knew from the way that the schools were getting bigger that the opportunity was there for me to absolutely crush them today, and it worked out.â€
The top 10 pros finished the tournament:
1st: Jason Lambert, Pickwick Dam, Tenn., 20 bass, 97-2, $125,000
2nd: Brandon Hunter, Benton, Ky., 20 bass, 89-6, $30,000
3rd: Walmart pro Mark Rose, West Memphis, Ark., 20 bass, 80-4, $25,000
4th: Jayme Rampey, Liberty, S.C., 20 bass, 79-5, $20,000
5th: Quaker State pro Scott Canterbury, Springville, Ala., 20 bass, 78-1, $19,000
6th: Bryan Thrift, Shelby, N.C., 20 bass, 77-6, $18,000
7th: Jacob Wheeler, Indianapolis, Ind., 20 bass, 76-13, $17,000
8th: Brad Knight, Lancing, Tenn., 20 bass, 76-13, $16,500
9th: Terry Bolton, Paducah, Ky., 20 bass, 76-6, $15,000
10th: Livingston Lures pro Andy Morgan, Dayton, Tenn., 20 bass, 70-12, $14,000
For a full list of results visit FLWFishing.com.
Overall there were 50 bass weighing 212 pounds, 10 ounces caught by pros Sunday. All of the final 10 pros weighed in five-bass limits.
Mark Horton of Nicholasville, Kentucky, won the co-angler division and $25,000 Friday with a two-day total of 10 bass weighing 33 pounds, 8 ounces, followed by Kevin King of Blountville, Tennessee, who finished in second place with 10 bass weighing 32 pounds, 6 ounces worth $7,500.