PARIS, Tenn. – When Troy Anderson of Galesville, Wis., began fishing Central Division EverStarts this season, he had one dream: just to make a top-10.
After posting finishes of 11th, 54th, 51st and 35th during the season, Anderson came to the EverStart Series Championship still on a quest for a top-10.
Today Anderson not only achieved his dream of making a top-10 cut, he finished at the top of the top 10 – as in No. 1, the winner of the EverStart Series Championship.
“All this has not really set in yet,” said Anderson after his win. “I just wanted a top-10, and now I’ve won the big one – the championship. This is just crazy, and now I’m going to the Forrest Wood Cup.”
The first day, Anderson fished a spook in Tennessee waters to the tune of 11 pounds, 2 ounces. On day two, he was taken to the Kentucky end where he caught 12 pounds, 13 ounces on the Alabama rig.
Anderson saved the best for last today, fishing the Alabama rig alongside pro leader Jeff Hippert to catch 18 pounds, 4 ounces.
He adorned his Alabama rig with 3/8-ounce Big Hammer jigheads and 3-inch Big Hammer swimbaits. He used an 8-foot St. Croix flipping stick for the rig and tied it to 65-pound-test Power Pro braid.
“We were fishing 8 to 10 feet of water,” Anderson said. “There were shad flicking all around us, and I tried to just slow-roll the Alabama rig as slow as I possibly could to get it down there under the shad where the bass were.”
Richard Peek of Centre, Ala., finished runner-up with a three-day total of 35 pounds, 6 ounces worth $4,200.
This finish caps off an amazing season for Peek, which included co-angler wins in the Pickwick EverStart and FLW Tour event on Kentucky Lake.
Peek’s key baits this week were a Zara Spook, a 6-inch Berkley Hollow Belly swimbait and an Ouzo 10-inch ribbon-tail worm.
Hale White of Franklin, Tenn., claimed the third-place spot with a 14-pound, 9-ounce catch today, which gave him a three-day total of 35 pounds, 2 ounces worth $2,950.
“The Alabama rig,” White said of his bait. “I put 4-inch Basstrix swimbaits on it and the key was to slow-roll it down deep in about 10 to 12 feet of water.”
Strunk, Lohman round out top five
After leading two days, Beecher Strunk of Somerset, Ky., fell to fourth place with a three-day total of 34 pounds, 2 ounces worth $2,275.
Russell Lohman of Pineville, La., finished fifth with a three-day total of 33 pounds, 10 ounces worth $1,875.
Rest of the best
Rounding out the top 10 co-anglers in the EverStart Series Championship:
6th: Eric Richey of Paradise, Texas, three-day total of 30-12
7th: Vince Denina of Willis, Texas, three-day total of 30-8
8th: Doug Caldwell of Kane, Pa., three-day total of 29-1
9th: Jeff McCarnan of Henderson, Ky., three-day total of 28-2
10th: David Underwood of Waco, Texas, three-day total of 27-4