Honeycutt takes co-angler win in Mobile - Major League Fishing

Honeycutt takes co-angler win in Mobile

Texas co-angler pockets $62,500 for victory
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Co-angler Keith Honeycutt earned a total prize package worth $62,500 for winning the 2007 Stren Series Championship on the Mobile Delta. Photo by Brett Carlson. Angler: Keith Honeycutt.
November 10, 2007 • Rob Newell • Toyota Series

MOBILE, Ala. – At 1:30 p.m. on day two of the Stren Series Championship in Mobile, Ala., Keith Honeycutt of Temple, Texas, was, as he put it, “down in the dumps.”

On Thursday, Honeycutt had caught just 3 pounds of Mobile Delta bass leaving him in 47th place after day one. And with just two fish in the well late on day two, things were not looking much better.

Then Honeycutt’s fortunes took a drastic turn for the better.

“My pro, Ott Defoe, pulled up to this one log, and then the most unreal thing happened,” Honeycutt recounted. “We started catching one fish after another; we caught 14 bass in the next 30 minutes. I finished a limit and then culled five times. I still can’t believe it happened.”Keith Honeycutt shows off one of his tournament-winning fish.

Honeycutt’s day-two weight of 7-2 got him past the top-10 cut in 6th place, pairing him with pro Nick Gainey on the final day.

The Texas co-angler brought his A game with Gainey today, catching 6 pounds, 12 ounces and giving Honeycutt his first FLW Outdoors co-angler victory, worth $62,500.

“Who would have thought that after catching 3 pounds the first day I would end up here in the winner’s circle?” Honeycutt asked. “After yesterday I became determined to win this thing, and I stayed focused on that all day – this is extraordinary.”

Honeycutt’s key baits during the week included a Picasso shaky head teamed with a 6-inch Zoom trick worm, a 3/8-ounce Red Dot spinnerbait and a No. 5 Shad Rap.

“I caught most of the fish on the Picasso shaky head,” he said. “But each day I caught a key fish on the spinnerbait. And as for the Shad Rap, that’s something I learned with Defoe yesterday. I caught one of my better fish on it today.”

Finishing in second place was co-angler Josh Clark of Horton, Mich., who reeled in a limit weighing 5 pounds, 7 ounces today, giving him a finish worth $11,000.Clark runner-up

Finishing in second place was Josh Clark of Horton, Mich., who reeled in a limit weighing 5 pounds, 7 ounces today, giving him a finish worth $11,000.

Clark fished with pros Mathew Saavedra, Mark Goines and David Curtis, respectively.

“The real key for me was drawing Matt on day one and David today, because they were both fishing the same place, way up the Alabama River,” Clark said. “When I found out I was going back up there again today, I got pretty excited.”

Clark also credited Mark Goines with giving him a bag of Berkley Power worms, which helped him land several key fish on a shaky head and Texas rig.

Middleton tops Stren co-anglers over season

Bo Middleton of Elgin, Okla., finished third with three bass for 4 pounds, 3 ounces, worth $3,735. But that’s not all Middleton will take home from the Stren Series Championship.Bo Middleton of Elgin, Okla., is presented a new Ranger Boat by Evinrude pro Pete Gluszek for winning the Stren Series Co-angler of the Yearfor 2007.

Middleton ended up being the 2007 Stren Series Co-angler of the Year by virtue of having the highest points total of all the co-anglers who fished the Stren Series this season, including the championship.

“To leave here with a Ranger boat is an awesome deal,” said Middleton, who fished the Texas Division this year. “I had to beat out about 1,000 co-anglers to win it, so I’m pretty pleased with that.”

Middleton noted that a Trick worm teamed with a Gigi Head was the key to his co-angling success this season.

“It worked for me on Lake Amistad, Sam Rayburn and Texoma,” Middleton said of the Trick worm-Gigi head combo.

Rest of the best

Chris Hults of Vancleave, Miss., finished fourth with three bass weighing 4 pounds, 2 ounces, worth $5,320.

Rounding out the top five was Kenneth Merlock of Mayslanding, N.J., with two bass weighing 3 pounds, 5 ounces, worth $2,905.

Rounding out the top 10 co-anglers in the Stren Series Championship in Mobile:

6th: Alan Hults of Gautier, Miss., two bass, 3-1, $4,490

7th: Teddy Bradley of Mishawaka, Ind., three bass, 2-14, $4,283

8th: Young Yang of Los Angeles, Calif., two bass, 2-3, $4,075

9th: Leo Reiter of Goshen, Ind., one bass, 1-7, $3,868

10th: Ray Peace of Arlington, Texas, one bass, 1-5, $3,660