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Sheppard Marches to Co-angler Costa Title

Keystone State angler earns wire-to-wire win
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Tyler Sheppard Photo by Patterson Leeth. Angler: Tyler Sheppard.
November 5, 2016 • Jody White • Toyota Series

Tyler Sheppard of Hermitage, Pa., led wire-to-wire and locked down the co-angler win in the 2016 Costa FLW Series Championship at Table Rock Lake with three bass for 7 pounds, 7 ounces on the final day. Sheppard’s total of 23-10 was enough to earn the Northern Division Co-angler of the Year a new Ranger boat and his first individual win with FLW.

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“The first few days I caught them on an Alabama Rig,” says Sheppard. “I also caught them on a shaky head a little bit and flipping a finesse worm. Today I pretty much caught them all on a jig, and I caught one that helped on a finesse worm.”

Sheppard’s jig of choice was a 1/4-ounce Missile Jigs Mini Flip Jig trailered with a Strike King Menace Grub.

“I’d never been to Table Rock before,” says Sheppard. “It is a little bit like Raystown Lake [in Pennsylvania]. It [Raystown] is a deep, clear, bluffy lake with a bunch of rivers coming through near home. It [Table Rock] is not the same, but it wasn’t too much out of my comfort zone.”

Tyler Sheppard

Sheppard has blazed a trail of glory as a co-angler at the FLW Series level for a couple years now, but he’s also had success fishing in college For Slippery Rock University. Just this summer, Sheppard and teammate Logan Pollman pulled out a Northern Conference win on the Potomac. Now graduated, Sheppard is looking toward the future.

“I just started my master's in exercise physiology at Pitt,” says Sheppard. “I should be done this coming summer. I’m trying to get done a little early. I’m definitely going to be fishing out of the front of the boat next year. I’d love to do the Costas; it’s just trying to get the financial stuff in order.”

A new Ranger boat and a win at the FLW Series Championship ought to help out on that side of things.

“I don’t have any words to describe it,” says Sheppard of the win. “It’s unbelievable. I’m still shaking. It’s unlike anything I’ve ever felt before.”

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Top 10 co-anglers

1. Tyler Sheppard – Hermitage, Pa. – 23-10 (10) – $30,100

2. Michael Black – Toledo, Ill. – 22-1 (10) – $12,500

3. Richard Jordan – Muncy Valley, Pa. – 16-5 (8) – $10,000

4. Robert Myers – Broken Arrow, Okla. – 13-8 (7) – $7,550

5. David Hudson – Jasper, Ala. – 11-2 (5) – $5,000

6. Raymond Tak – Los Angeles, Calif. – 10-14 (5) – $4,000

7. Benjamin Tawney – Slippery Rock, Pa. – 10-8 (5) – $3,500

8. Joe Lane – Republic, Mo. – 9-5 (5) – $3,000

9. Jonathan Shockey – Fort Smith, Ark. – 8-7 (3) – $2,500

10. Rob Bueltmann – Osage Beach, Mo. – 8-6 (4) – $2,000

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