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Honeycutt has done it again

Temple, Texas, co-angler picks up second American Fishing Series win at Sam Rayburn Reservoir
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Co-angler Keith Honeycutt of Temple, Texas, picked up his second FLW win at the American Fishing Series Texas Division event on Sam Rayburn Reservoir. He won $9,882. Photo by Patrick Baker. Angler: Keith Honeycutt.
February 6, 2010 • Patrick Baker • Archives

JASPER, Texas – There was much talk of the legends of bass fishing this week during the FLW American Fishing Series event on Sam Rayburn Reservoir – from Tommy Martin to Larry Nixon to Jerry McKinnis, who all fished. Seldom are co-anglers mentioned in the same breath, but Keith Honeycutt is building his legend one win at a time.

The Temple, Texas, co-angler standout won $62,500 and a championship title in 2007 in the FLW American Fishing Series (then called the Stren Series Championship); he has competed in four AFS championships and has fished the FLW Tour Championship three times; he has a total of seven top-10 finishes and earnings of over $117,000 in FLW Outdoors events; and now he’s claimed victory again.

Honeycutt bagged weights of 4 pounds, 11 ounces, 10-14 and 8-13 over three days to win this week’s Texas Division event and $9,882 with a total weight of 24-6. He did so fishing behind pros David Mullins, Timothy Griffin and Randy Cisler.

Second-place co-angler Bo Standley congratulates Keith Honeycutt on his win.“I like this old place,” he said of Sam Rayburn Reservoir. “I know everybody talks about Falcon (Lake), but this place holds a special place in my heart.”

Honeycutt spent most of the competition Carolina rigging with a Zoom Brush Hog in watermelon-red and green-pumpkin colors. He said downsizing every part of the rig was key to his success on day two.

“I really wanted to catch them on a Rat-L-Trap like everyone else, but it didn’t work out.”

But Honeycutt has a penchant for finding ways to work things out from the back of the boat regardless of the fishery or the conditions, so he’ll be a co-angler to watch when the FLW Tour kicks off its season next week on the Red River.

“More than the money, it’s about confidence and getting off to a good start,” Honeycutt said of his Co-angler Bo Standley was runner-up at the AFS Texas event on Sam Rayburn.excitement about winning.

Standley second

Bo Standley of Silsbee, Texas, placed second and won $3,953. His three-day total weight of 20 pounds hinged on his day-one weight of 12-6, which included his division’s Big Bass award winner that weighed 10-3. He caught another two keeper largemouths on day two and one today.

“It took me three days to catch a limit,” he joked. “But it’s been an awesome week.”

Kopech climbs to third

Co-angler Sonny Kopech placed third at Sam Rayburn Reservoir.

Sonny Kopech of Troup, Texas, climbed six slots Saturday to claim third place and a check for $1,976. He was one of the most consistent anglers in the Co-angler Division, netting daily weights of 6-9, 6-9 and 6-12 for a total of 19-14.

“I caught all my fish drop-shotting a Holeshot finesse worm from Kicker Bait Company,” he said.

Pellerin, Cherry round out top five

Kenneth Pellerin of Pasadena, Texas, finished fourth with a total weight of 19-7 worth $1,729. He Co-angler Kenneth Pellerin placed fourth.fished differently every day: spoons, drop-shots and ChatterBaits.

Fifth place and $1,482 went to Danny Cherry of Kountze, Texas, who said he “caught all but one on a drop-shot rig.”

Rest of the best

Rounding out the top 10 co-angler finalists at the AFS Texas Division event on Sam Rayburn Reservoir:

6th: Clint May of La Porte, Texas, three-day total of 18-10, $1,235

7th: Brent Broussard of Nacogdoches, Texas, 15-11, $988

8th: Michael E. Taylor of Sam Rayburn, Texas, 15-0, $889

9th: James “Bob” McKeithen of Baton Rouge, La., 14-7, $791

10th: Jeff Sprague of Forney, Texas, 12-13, $692

AFS Texas Division competition will resume June 17-19 for the third and final stop of the season at Toledo Bend in Many, La.