CONCORD, N.C. – Trevor Jancasz of White Pigeon, Mich., won the Co-angler Division of the Wal-Mart FLW Tour National Guard Open on Lake Norman Saturday with a five-bass limit weighing 8 pounds, 9 ounces.
This is Jancasz’s second FLW Tour co-angler win. His first came in 2005 at the Wal-Mart FLW Tour Championship on Lake Hamilton.
For his win, the Wal-Mart co-angler received $30,000 plus another $10,000 in contingency money for being a Ranger owner.
“This feels great,” Jancasz said. “I needed this. I only made one FLW Tour top-10 last year and have really struggled on the second day in these events. I have a great first day and bomb the second day. This time I got it going the second day, and it carried over into today.”
Jancasz fished with tournament leader Hank Cherry today and caught all of his fish on a Bite-Me shaky head with a Berkley Shaky Worm.
“My biggest adjustment came yesterday when I noticed Scott (Suggs, his day-two partner) was using a 1/4-ounce jighead, and he just kept reeling in keepers right and left,” he revealed. “I was using an 1/8-ounce and not getting a bite. I bumped up a little heavier to a 3/16-ounce, and it made all the difference in the world in getting bites – both yesterday and today.
“Also, I have to thank Hank Cherry. He is a super guy. He was focused specifically on certain portions of docks today and left me plenty of water to fish, which was a huge bonus. Between the docks were lots of stumps, and that’s primarily where I caught most of my fish.”
Italian claims second slot
Alessandro Debbi of Italy finished second with four bass weighing 6 pounds, 6 ounces and collected $10,000.
Debbi’s journey to the runner-up position began on day one when he fished a Lake Fork Ring Fry weightless under docks for 10 pounds, 3 ounces.
On day two, he employed a Zip suspending jerkbait around docks for 7 pounds, 3 ounces.
Today Debbi switched to an 1/8-ounce shaky head with a green-pumpkin finesse worm.
“Three different days, three different techniques,” Debbi said. “That’s what being a co-angler is all about.”
Rest of the best
Toby Stanphill of High Point, N.C., finished third with four bass for 5 pounds, 9 ounces and collected $9,000.
Nathan Webber of Kernersville, N.C., finished fourth with two bass weighing 4 pounds, 1 ounce for $8,000.
Jess Caraballo of Danbury, Conn., finished fifth with two bass weighing 3 pounds, 11 ounces worth $7,000.
Rounding out the top 10 co-anglers in the FLW Tour event on Lake Norman:
6th: Dino Caporuscio of Coto De Caza, Calif., two bass, 3-11, $6,000
7th: Pete Bridges of Tallapoosa, Ga., two bass, 3-0, $5,000
8th: Donnie Hannah of New Lexington, Ohio, one bass, 2-15, $4,000
9th: Jeff Taylor of Olsmstead, Ky., one bass, 1-8, $3,000
10th: Mark Rouse of La Porte, Texas, 0-0, $2,000