“Honestly, this doesn’t feel real at all,” said Lindner. “I’m in shock. Coming in today in ninth place, I figured I would need 21 pounds to even make it close. I thought I basically had no chance. It’s a complete miracle I won this thing. My last nine tournaments with FLW, I haven’t cashed a check, so I took some time off and got my head and priorities straight. I think that preparation and a blessing from God is what did it for me today.
“I fished a lot of the small coves and the points leading into those coves,” Lindner continued. “I was using Trigger X baits for most of the tournament. My two biggest fish were caught on a Trigger X Aggression Spadetail worm and a Trigger X Flutter Worm. I was catching fish from 3 to 15 feet, basically wherever it banked off deep. The last part of the day, I sat an hour waiting on this one fish on a bed that I thought was a big one. Every 15 minutes I would go back and make a couple of casts at him. I finally got him to bite on the Spadetail worm, and he ended up being my second biggest fish of the tournament. I had about a dozen bites today, and was able to catch seven of them.
“I’ll definitely be fishing the next event at the (California) Delta,” Lindner went on to say. “I’ve been beaten pretty bad there in the past, so if I could cash a check there that would be another miracle.”
Rounding out the top 10 pros were:
2nd: Chris Kinley, Durango, Colo., 15 bass, 49-9, $10,171
3rd: Joe Uribe Jr., Lake Forest, Calif., 15 bass, 49-5, $8,476
4th: Terrence Rath, Lake Havasu City, Ariz., 15 bass, 49-4, $7,628
5th: Michael Tuck, Granite Bay, Calif., 15 bass, 48-4, $6,781
6th: Michael Wright, Grass Valley, Calif., 15 bass, 45-14, $5,933
7th: Jeff Michels, Lakehead, Calif., 15 bass, 45-0, $5,086
8th: Jimmy Savoini, Prescott. Ariz., 13 bass, 41-12, $4,238
9th: Brian Ankrum, Loveland, Colo., 13 bass, 39-10, $3,390
10th: Duane Dunstone, Reno, Nev., 14 bass, 36-5, $2,543
Complete results can be found at FLWOutdoors.com.
Jon Griffith of Mesa, Ariz. caught the biggest bass of the tournament in the Pro Division Friday – a 6-pound, 6-ounce bass – that earned him the day’s EverStart Series Big Bass award of $234.
Kyle Baker of Lancaster, Calif., won the Co-angler Division and a Ranger 177TR with an Evinrude or Mercury outboard motor and a Ranger Cup bonus of $5,000 with a three-day total of 14 bass weighing 35 pounds, 14 ounces.
Rounding out the top 10 co-anglers were:
2nd: Tony Zanotelli, Redding, Calif., 11 bass, 32-9, $3,951
3rd: Richard Crine, Anaheim, Calif., 12 bass, 32-4, $3,512
4th: Allen Todd, Gardnerville, Nev., 12 bass, 30-7, $3,073
5th: Vic Allen, Canyon Lake, Calif., 11 bass, 29-4, $2,364
6th: Nick Nourot, Benicia, Calif., 11 bass, 27-11, $2,19
7th: Dante Ray, Reno, Nev., 11 bass, 26-4, $1,756
8th: Travis Moran, Reno, Nev., 8 bass, 25-1, $1,317
9th: Lonnie Foster, Kneeland, Calif., 8 bass, 23-8, $878
10th: Daniel Leue, Colusa, Calif., 6 bass, 17-14, $702
William Penrod of Salome, Ariz. caught the biggest bass of the tournament in the Co-angler Division Friday – a 5-pound, 11-ounce bass – that earned him the day’s EverStart Series Big Bass award of $156.
The EverStart Series consists of five divisions – Central, Northern, Southeast, Texas and Western. Each division consists of four tournaments and competitors will be vying for valuable points in each division that could earn them the Strike King Angler of the Year title along with $5,000 for the pro and $2,000 for the co-angler. The top 40 pros and co-anglers from each respective division will qualify for the EverStart Series Championship that will be held on the Ouachita River in Monroe, La., Nov. 1-4.
The next EverStart Series Western Division tournament will be March 29-31 at the California Delta in Oakley, Calif, and is hosted by the City of Oakley.
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