Prevacid pro Dan Morehead of Paducah, Ky., weighed a five-bass limit totaling 19 pounds, 5 ounces Sunday to win the EverStart Series Championship on Kentucky Lake with a four day total of 20 bass weighing 61 pounds, 4 ounces. For his victory, Morehead earned $50,000 plus a 198VX Ranger boat with a 200-horsepower Evinrude or Mercury outboard motor.
â€œI’ve been waiting since 10:30 to weigh my fish,â€ said an overzealous Prevacid pro Dan Morehead who was looking for his first championship title. â€œI am tickled to death with what I did. A lot of people thought this tournament would be won down south, but Kentucky Lake is Kentucky Lake and I had to go north to my home waters.
â€œI caught most of my fish with the Alabama rig,â€ Morehead continued. â€œLet me tell you, nothing triggers suspended fish quite like this rig. I have never felt the bass strike the way they do as on an Alabama rig. I had three rods on my deck. Two had the Alabama rig. One had four, 4 ½ inch Berkley Hollow Belly Swimbaits surrounding a 5 ½ inch swimbait. On the other I had five, 5 ½ inch Berkley swimbaits and would switch to the bigger bait rig after I had caught my limit and wanted to go for the bigger bass. On the first day when the weather was so nasty I caught two of my better fish using a Zara Spook. But for the rest of the tournament it was all Alabama rig.
â€This is just awesome to be able to win in front of all my friends and family,â€ Morehead added.
2nd: Jeff Hippert, Hamburg, N.Y., 20 bass, 56-14, $16,800
3rd: Lendell Martin Jr., Nacogdoches, Texas, 19 bass, 55-12, $8,450
4th: Kellogg’s pro Jim Tutt, Longview, Texas, 20 bass, 55-2, $7,600
5th: Koby Kreiger, Okeechobee, Fla., 20 bass, 54-14, $6,750
7th: Brad Knight, Wartburg, Tenn., 20 bass, 52-7, $5,050
8th: Jess Caraballo, Danbury, Conn., 18 bass, 51-6, $4,200
9th: Todd Castledine, Nacogdoches, Texas, 20 bass, 51-2, $3,400
10th: Mike McDonald, Randleman, N.C., 18 bass, 46-11, $2,600
Troy Anderson of Galesville, Wis., won the Co-angler Division and a Ranger boat with an Evinrude or Mercury outboard motor plus $5,000 with a three-day total of 15 bass weighing 42 pounds, 3 ounces.
Rounding out the top 10 co-anglers were:
2nd: Richard Peek, Centre, Ala., 14 bass, 35-6, $4,200
3rd: Hale White, Franklin, Tenn., 14 bass, 35-2, $2,950
4th: Beecher Strunk, Somerset, Ky., 10 bass, 34-2, $2,100
5th: Russell Lohman, Pineville, La., 11 bass, 33-10, $1,875
6th: Eric Richey, Paradise, Texas, 13 bass, 30-12, $1,675
7th: Vince Denina, Willis, Texas, 12 bass, 30-8, $1,475
8th: Doug Caldwell, Kane, Pa., 11 bass, 29-1, $1,275
9th: Jeff McCarnan, Henderson, Ky., 11 bass, 28-2, $1,075
10th: David Underwood, Waco, Texas, 10 bass, 27-4, $875