Last minute cull gives Louisiana’s Tyler Stewart the win at Tackle Warehouse Invitationals Stop 2 Presented by Suzuki at West Point Lake - Major League Fishing
Last minute cull gives Louisiana’s Tyler Stewart the win at Tackle Warehouse Invitationals Stop 2 Presented by Suzuki at West Point Lake
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Last minute cull gives Louisiana’s Tyler Stewart the win at Tackle Warehouse Invitationals Stop 2 Presented by Suzuki at West Point Lake

Dubach pro catches clutch 3½-pounder in final 10 minutes to jump to top of leaderboard and take home $80,000 top prize
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March 3, 2024 • MLF • Press Releases

LAGRANGE, Ga. – The final day of Tackle Warehouse Invitationals Stop 2 Presented by Suzuki on West Point Lake was as dramatic as anticipated. With the clock ticking down, none of the leaders had pulled clearly ahead or had spectacular days, until pro Tyler Stewart of Dubach, Louisiana, iced it with a last-minute kicker fish.

“Honestly, I was hoping to catch a 2½-pound spotted bass, to get a few more pounds, because I knew it was going to be so close,” Stewart said of his final fish. “There was a dock that I caught one 2-pounder on in practice, in front of the ramp. I rolled up to that dock with 10 minutes left, slung a ChatterBait under it and caught a 3½-pounder and culled out a 1-pounder. When it’s meant to be, it’s gonna happen.”

That fish bumped Stewart up to 14 pounds, 4 ounces on the day, enough to clear pro Todd Walters of Kernersville, North Carolina, by 7 ounces and win his first Tackle Warehouse Invitationals event with a three-day total of 45-3. For the win, Stewart takes home the top prize of $80,000 and a coveted spot in REDCREST 2025.

Link to Photo of Stop 2 Presented by Suzuki Winner Tyler Stewart
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Having fished as a pro on the FLW Tour and its various iterations since 2018, Stewart has fished the Forrest Wood Cup and the Tackle Warehouse TITLE Championship and been in the hunt to win before. A winner in college in 2016, Stewart fished at the University of Louisiana-Monroe, and has since fished his way around the country. 

This week, he took a couple of clues from practice, added some veteran savvy, and put together a win. 

“The first day of practice, I caught an 8-pounder, or about that, on the docks I fished the first day,” he said. “It ate that ChatterBait, and that was the only big bite I had. I said ‘Well, there’s big ones around here, I might as well start here.’ I went down that stretch first thing on Day 1 and caught 15 pounds.”

From there, Stewart was able to let his skills take it the rest of the way. 

“When I got bit doing that in practice, I was excited, because I’ve done well in tournaments where that (dock bite) was going on,” he said. “Clarks Hill last year, I had a bad second day, but the first day I did the exact same thing on docks and caught 16 or 17 pounds real quick. I love doing it, I do it a lot back home – the Ouachita River has a bunch of marinas and I catch them like that all the time on it.

“Most of those docks were in 15 or 20 feet. The fish were definitely sitting under the floats, like a foot under the water. I was slow rolling it through there, trying to get one to react.”

Fishing some laydowns as well, and catching a few spotted bass off rock places, the bread and butter for Stewart was a ChatterBait and docks, either along shorelines or in marinas. His bait of choice was a 1/2-ounce  Z-Man Evergreen ChatterBait JackHammer with a shad trailer, which he threw on a 7-foot, 5-inch, medium heavy Favorite Hex, with 17-pound P-Line Tactical

On the final day, Stewart caught two kicker largemouth, one early, one late, and that was the difference maker. Combined with a stellar Day 1, which saw him catch the biggest bag of the event, it was just enough to get the job done. 

“I haven’t won since college, it’s so hard to do it,” Stewart said. “Leading a day is one thing, but finishing it out, I’ll just be honest, I’m not really a closer. I usually catch them really good, and then fall off. This feels really good.”

It also sets him up for a run at Bass Pro Tour qualification – MLF’s most prestigious circuit. After finishing 66th at Sam Rayburn to start the year, he’s now 23rd in the points. 

“I’m excited about it,” he said. “Last year, I had a couple unfortunate things happen that might have cost me the Bass Pro Tour qualification. But, I’m going to try to be more responsible this year, make sure to charge my batteries before the second day, and stuff like that. The schedule looks like a lot of fun, I’ve been doing it eight years now, and I’ve been to all these places other than where we’re at right now.”

The Top 30 pros at the Tackle Warehouse Invitationals Stop 2 Presented by Suzuki at West Point Lake finished:

1st:          Tyler Stewart, Dubach, La., 15 bass, 45-3, $80,000
2nd:        Todd Walters, Kernersville, N.C., 15 bass, 44-12, $50,000 
3rd:        Derik Hudson, Concord, Va., 15 bass, 43-8, $20,300
4th:         Colby Miller, Elmer, La., 15 bass, 41-14, $18,000
5th:         Drew Gill, Mount Carmel, Ill., 15 bass, 41-6, $17,000
6th:         Cole Breeden, Lebanon, Mo., 15 bass, 41-1, $16,000 
7th:         Jake Lawrence, Buchanan, Tenn., 15 bass, 40-5, $15,000              
8th:         Ethan Greene, Eufaula, Ala., 15 bass, 40-2, $14,000 
9th:         Troy Stokes, Trenton, Mich., 15 bass, 39-13, $13,000
10th:      Ken Thompson, Roaring Springs, Penn., 15 bass, 39-12, $12,000
11th:      Brody Campbell, Oxford, Ohio, 15 bass, 39-12, $10,000 
12th:      Alec Morrison, Peru, N.Y., 15 bass, 39-10, $10,000 
13th:      Charlie Williams, LaGrange, Ga., 15 bass, 38-13, $10,000
14th:      Marshall Hughes, Hemphill, Texas, 15 bass, 38-8, $10,000
15th:      Taylor Parker, Lake View, Ala., 15 bass, 37-13, $10,000
16th:      Jack Daniel Williams, Kingsport, Tenn., 15 bass, 37-13, $10,000
17th:      Alex Davis, Albertville, Ala., 15 bass, 37-12, $10,000
18th:      Keith Poche, Pike Road, Ala., 15 bass, 37-11, $10,000
19th:      Brock Reinkemeyer, Warsaw, Mo., 15 bass, 36-14, $10,000
20th:      Cameron Mattison, Benton, La., 15 bass, 36-12, $10,000
21st:      Bobby Padgett, LaGrange, Ga., 15 bass, 36-3, $10,000
22nd:     Michael Harlin, Sunrise Beach, Mo., 15 bass, 36-2, $10,000
23rd:     Keith Carson, DeBary, Fla., 15 bass, 35-15, $10,000
24th:      Brett Carnright, Plattsburgh, N.Y., 15 bass, 35-15, $10,000
25th:      Spike Stoker, Cisco, Texas, 15 bass, 35-13, $10,000
26th:      Brian Gay, LaGrange, Ga., 15 bass, 35-8, $10,000
27th:      Chris Blair, Newnan, Ga., 15 bass, 35-7, $10,000
28th:      Kyle Cortiana, Broken Arrow, Okla., 15 bass, 35-3, $10,000
29th:      Brad Jelinek, Lincoln, Mo., 15 bass, 34-6, $10,000
30th:      Kelly Jordon, Flint, Texas, 11 bass, 28-4, $10,000

Complete results for the entire field can be found at MajorLeagueFishing.com.

Overall, there were 146 bass weighing 333 pounds even caught by 30 pros Sunday. The catch included 29 five-bass limits.

The three-day tournament, hosted by Visit LaGrange, featured a roster of 150 anglers competing for a top prize of up to $115,000 and an invitation to compete at REDCREST 2025. The next Tackle Warehouse Invitational will take place April 19-21 at Stop 3 Presented by Phoenix Boats on Kentucky-Barkley Lake in Calvert City, Kentucky.

In Tackle Warehouse Invitationals competition, the full field of 150 anglers competed in the two-day opening round on Friday and Saturday in a five-fish, weigh-in format. Only the Top 30 pros, based on their two-day cumulative weight, advanced to the final round on Championship Sunday. The winner of Tackle Warehouse Invitationals Stop 2 at West Point Lake Presented by Suzuki was determined by the heaviest three-day cumulative weight and now receives an invitation to compete at REDCREST 2025 on Lake Guntersville in Huntsville, Alabama.

Television coverage of Tackle Warehouse Invitationals Stop 2 at West Point Lake Presented by Suzuki will air as a two-hour episode, premiering at 9 a.m. ET, on Saturday, Oct. 12 on CBS Sports Network.

Tackle Warehouse Invitationals anglers will compete throughout the 2024 season for the prestigious Fishing Clash Angler of the Year  award, its $50,000 payday and qualification for the 2025 Bass Pro Tour. After Stop 2 Presented by Suzuki on West Point Lake, pro Drew Gill  of Mount Carmel, Illinois, sits in first place with 396 points. Pro Jake Lawrence of Buchanan, Tennessee, sits in second place just 3 points behind Gill with 393 points.

Fishing Clash – an interactive 3D fishing simulation game that’s played by more than 80 million people worldwide – is the official AOY sponsor of the Bass Pro Tour, Tackle Warehouse Invitationals, Toyota Series and Phoenix Bass Fishing League. You can download Fishing Clash for free in the App Store and on Google Play or log on to www.fishingclash.game for more information.

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