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.
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.
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
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
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.