BAINBRIDGE, Ga. – Brad Pegram of Henderson, N.C., caught one bass weighing 6 pounds, 8 ounces to protect his day-three lead and win the Stren Series Southeast event on Lake Seminole in the Co-angler Division.
While Pegram’s winning four-day total of 31 pounds, 4 ounces was an impressive feat, given Lake Seminole’s stinginess this week, it might be his decision to have purchased a Ranger boat just a week ago that will make this win especially memorable.
That’s because Pegram’s Ranger-owner status, even though just seven days old, was all he needed to add a Ranger boat to his winning cache, which also included $5,000 cash.
In short, Pegram now has two new Ranger bass boats.
“I can’t believe my timing,” Pegram said after his win. “I just bought a new Ranger, and now because of that, I just won another one. This is awesome.”
Pegram fished with pro winner Greg Pugh today and had to switch gears from his Allen Lures rattling, lipless crankbait to heavy flipping.
“After throwing the crankbait all week, it took me a little while to get used to that heavy pitching,” Pegram said. “But Greg was superhelpful to me. He showed me how to pitch the bait up into the air so it would punch through on the way down. After a while I got the rhythm of it, got that one bite, and it was a 6 1/2-pounder.”
Pegram’s winning lure today was a 3-inch B.B. Cricket teamed with a 1-ounce tungsten weight.
Roberts fished with second-place pro Tony Davis where he Carolina rigged a Zoom Trick Worm for his catch.
“I caught one first thing this morning and then went six hours without a bite,” Roberts recounted. “Then, with about 20 minutes to go before we came in, I caught three in a row on the Carolina rig.”
Rest of the best
Gene Crossway of Callahan, Fla., cast gold Rat-L-Traps behind pro Greg Vinson today to finish third with a four-day total of 22 pounds, 2 ounces worth $3,207.
Jimmy Anderson of Davie, Fla., caught a 7-pound, 4-ounce bass slow-rolling a spinnerbait today to finish fourth with a four-day total of 22 pounds worth $2,467.
Reginald Pickett of Greensboro, N.C., finished fifth with a four-day total of 17 pounds, 13 ounces worth $1,974.
Rounding out the top 10 co-angler finishers in the Stren Southeast event on Lake Seminole:
6th: Billy Roberson of Rincon, Ga., four-day total of 16-10, $1,875
7th: Jason Waddell of Louisville, Ala., 15-12, $1,776
8th: Frank Mackin of Tarpon Springs, Fla., 14-15, $1,678
9th: Aaron Fahnestock of Enterprise, Ala., 14-12, $1,579
10th: Larry Breckenridge of Dothan, Ala., 13-15, $1,480
The next Stren Series event will take place Feb. 7-10 and kick off the Texas Division season. The next Stren Series Southeast Division event will be held on Lake Eufaula March 7-10.