Wednesday, 16 July, 2008 12:56 PM
Shaw Wins Wal-Mart
FLW Tour Chevy Open on Detroit River
courtesy of www.flwoutdoors.com
-- High winds meant rough waters for the anglers competing
in the $1.5 million Wal-Mart FLW Tour Chevy Open on the Detroit
River, but in the end Team Kellogg's pro Alvin Shaw of State Road,
N.C., caught a final-round total of 10 bass weighing 39 pounds,
11 ounces to win $200,000. Shaw topped his closest rival, Team Pringles
pro Vic Vatalaro of Kent, Ohio, by only three ounces to earn the
win and 200 points toward qualifying for the $2 million Forrest
Wood Cup in Columbia, S.C., where the winner will earn as much as
$1 million -- the biggest award in bass fishing -- Aug. 14-17.
feels so great I can't even explain it," said Shaw, who now
has won more than
$716,000 in FLW Outdoors events. "It feels good to put in a
good practice and come out on top. That's just what it boils down
had to stick with what I was doing, wind or no wind," Shaw
added. "If I could get there, I felt like I could catch fish.
The wind actually made me stay on areas longer because it was impossible
the competition, Shaw targeted small isolated clumps of grass, rocks
and sand in 12 to 16 feet of water on Lake St. Clair. He said instead
of employing the time-tested method of dragging a tube that is so
popular on the area waters, he elected to cast it with baitcasting
equipment and 8-pound-test line. Shaw pulled a green-pumpkin gold
flake tube to the top of the grass, held it there and then popped
the tube out of the grass. Most of the strikes occurred when he
popped the tube free. Shaw said he culled only twice Sunday.
knew I had a chance to win after the first day of the tournament,"
Shaw said. "I didn't know how good these spots were in practice.
You don't go out there and hammer them in practice. You just try
to go around and get a feel for what's going on. I thought I could
make a top 100 and maybe even a top 50 for a $10,000 check.
after the first day I said, 'These fish are talking to me,'"
Shaw added. "They're coming to me."
the tournament Thursday in 10th place with five bass weighing 20-04.
He jumped to second place Friday with a five-bass catch weighing
20 pounds, 15 ounces to advance into the final round of 10 pros
with a two-day total of 10 bass weighing 41 pounds, 3 ounces. On
Saturday, weights were cleared, and Shaw caught five bass weighing
20-14 to advance to the final day of competition in first place.
Shaw added another five bass weighing 18-13 to his final-round total
caught a final-round total of 10 bass weighing 39-08 to claim second
place and $50,000.
"I couldn't do much more than I did, no doubt about it,"
Vatalaro said. "I just worked my hardest and didn't lose any
fish and I played the cards the only way I could play them."
was targeting underwater bushes near sandy spots in 18 to 20 feet
of water and caught 25 keepers from his spot on Lake St. Clair on
a green tube Saturday.
I lost one fish," Vatalaro said. "What can you do? Out
of all of those fish I caught, I lost one good one."
The $150,000 difference in first and second place meant Vatalaro's
shortcoming cost $50,000 an ounce.
"I mean ... three ounces," Vatalaro said. "$150,000
for three ounces. That's amazing."
out the top 10 pros were Mark Modrak of China Township, Mich. (10
bass, 31-04, $40,000); Team Chevy pro Kim Stricker of Howell, Mich.
(10 bass, 26-04, $35,000); Team BP pro J.T. Kenney of Port Charlotte,
Fla. (nine bass, 25-01, $30,000); David Reault of Livonia, Mich.
(eight bass, 21-14, $28,000); Team Duracell pro Michael Bennett
of Lincoln, Calif. (eight bass, 21-08, $26,000); Keith Monson of
Burgin, Ky. (eight bass, 18-11, $24,000); Keith Combs of Del Rio,
Texas (six bass, 16-13, $22,000) and David McCrone of Minnetonka,
Minn. (two bass, 6-15, $20,000).
there were 40 bass weighing 121 pounds, 1 ounce caught in the Pro
Division Sunday. The catch included six five-bass limits.
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Mark Frickman of Grand Ledge, Mich., won the Co-angler Division
and $30,000 Saturday with a five-bass limit weighing 19 pounds,
4 ounces followed by Mike Weidman of Burton, Mich., in second place
with five bass weighing 17-9 worth $10,000.
opened the tournament in 53rd place Thursday with five bass weighing
15-01 while fishing with Team Duracell pro Brennan Bosley of Benton,
Ark. On Friday he jumped into fifth place on the strength of a five-bass
catch weighing 17-10 while fishing with Team Castrol pro Carl Svebek
of Siloam Springs, Ark. He wrapped up his win while fishing with
Team Pringles pro Vic Vatalaro of Kent, Ohio.
is unbelievable," said Frickman, who won the first FLW Tour
event he fished Saturday. "This was my treat for the year --
to fish my first FLW Tour event.
just can't describe it," Frickman added. "To start out
53rd on Day 1 and making it to the finals and then winning ... don't
ever, ever give up. Be positive. Do the right thing."
credits the Berkley Gulp! Goby as the key to his championship title.
Frickman said he caught between 20 and 25 fish during the course
of the day, including about 20 keepers.
was throwing 3-pounders back at 8:30 this morning," Frickman
said. "It was just phenomenal."
out the top 10 co-anglers are J.B. Young of Deer Park, Texas (five
bass, 16-03, $9,000); Jerry Weisinger of Wyandotte, Okla. (three
bass, 11-08, $8,000); Andrew Lemle of Perrysburg, Ohio (five bass,
11-07, $7,000); Team National Guard co-angler Diane Delagarza of
Garland, Texas (four bass, 10-04, $6,000); Scott Gibson of Biloxi,
Miss. (three bass, 6-11, $5,000); Ron Fabiszak of South Bend, Ind.
(one bass, 4-02, $4,000); Team Wal-Mart co-angler Hector Delagarza
of Garland, Texas (one bass, 2-09, $3,000) and Todd Robbins of Romulus,
Mich. (one bass, 1-13, $2,000).
Diane Delagarza shared the weigh-in stage Saturday as the first
husband and wife in FLW Outdoors history to make a top 10 together.
there were 33 bass weighing 101 pounds, 6 ounces caught in the Co-angler
Division Saturday. The catch included four five-bass limits.
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