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Reinkemeyer Gets it Done on Lake of the Ozarks

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March 3, 2022 • Kyle Wood • Toyota Series

OSAGE BEACH, Mo. – Brock Reinkemeyer has called the Ozarks his home his entire life. Guiding full-time and working construction, the Warsaw, Missouri, pro has been working his way towards a major win in his home territory and today he finally sealed the deal.

Tallying 17 pounds, 4 ounces on the final day, Reinkemeyer closed out the win in the Toyota Series Presented by A.R.E. event on Lake of the Ozarks with 59-13 total. Though he’s got several Top 10s on Ozark fisheries – Truman, Table Rock, Stockton, and of course, Lake of the Ozarks – this was his first win with MLF and it rewarded him well; locking him into the Toyota Series Championship and earning him $40,250.

Spending the majority of his time running down to the Gravois arm of the lake, Reinkemeyer was able to catch his fish in familiar water, doing what he’s spent countless hours perfecting on this lake.

“It’s my homeland,” Reinkemeyer joked about the Gravois arm. “It seems like the deep fish always bite better up there. And it’s clear. I feel like the fish are harder to catch, but you have to fish deeper on the lower end, plain and simple, and a lot of people don’t like to spend a lot of time looking out deep.

“I couldn’t catch them on the bank, so I knew the big fish were [out deep]. If I was catching little ones, I would go out deeper.”

Targeting brush piles and rock in anywhere from 14 to 22 feet, Reinkemeyer employed an umbrella rig and a jerkbait, with the help of forward-facing sonar to do most of his damage. While that’s nothing special on this lake for the time of year, capitalizing on the morning bite was.

“The biggest thing was the early-morning bite,” said Reinkemeyer. “I feel like the fish were set up from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. where you could catch them, and they were willing to bite. They would show themselves a lot more. The first cast you could see some action. Later in the day I never saw any of that action. So, I had to capitalize on what I wanted to do in the first three hours.”

Another key to Reinkemeyer’s victory was changing up his rotation each day, to an extent, and maximizing his best timeframe in productive water.

“I started on the same spot twice, but I mixed up the second and third spots each day,” explained the 29-year-old. “I think that helped me out. I made sure in practice that I wasn’t running all over the place. I had a 15-mile zone and I said that I wasn’t straying away from it. Fifteen miles was perfect because I could run around and hit everything, or even hit it twice.

“Today, I figured I was the first one on everything. There might have been some guys that fished some of the stuff, but they didn’t work it like I did. They just went through it and left.”

To catch his fish, Reinkemeyer kept it pretty simple and leaned heavily on an umbrella rig with 3.25-inch Strike King Rage Swimmer swimbaits or a Megabass Vision 110. He also caught a clutch 4-pounder on Day 2 on a Motion Fishing Finesse Jig with a Zoom Ultra Vibe Speed Craw.

Reinkemeyer started fishing the Toyota Series with a dream of getting his name out on a national level. With this win, all the hard work and hours spent fishing finally came to fruition. In fact, he fishes against most of the Top 25 all winter, so to get the win amongst friends, family and peers is something he won’t soon forget.

“It’s crazy to beat my buddies out there, who I feel like are better than I am, and to beat them is insane,” Reinkemeyer said. “They all put in the work, if not more than I do, so to come out on top is unreal. This is better than I thought it would feel. I feel in awe.”

Unfortunately, he can’t celebrate too much, because tomorrow, it’s back on the grind.

“I got a guide trip tomorrow on Truman Lake, so I can’t party tonight,” laughed Reinkemeyer.

Top 10 Pros

1. Brock Reinkemeyer – 59 – 13 (15) – $40,250

2. Josh Shirley – 57 – 01 (15) – $15,500

3. Justin Miller – 51 – 03 (15) – $12,000

4. Travis Harriman – 49 – 04 (15) – $10,000

5. Austin Culbertson – 48 – 03 (15) – $9,000

6. Grant Akers – 48 – 02 (15) – $8,000

7. Michael Harlin – 47 – 04 (15) – $7,000

8. Brad Jelinek – 46 – 10 (15) – $7,000 (includes $1,000 Phoenix Bonus)

9. Chris Bridges – 46 – 05 (15) – $5,200

10. Chris Digino – 45 – 14 (15) – $4,000

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The Plains Division is presented by Outlaw Ordnance and this event was presented by Smart Digital.