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Ushio Earns Strike King Co-Angler Win at the St. Lawrence

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August 28, 2021 • Jody White • Toyota Series

Piling up 62 pounds, 5 ounces over three days, Tonawanda, N.Y., angler Sakae Ushio took home the Strike King co-angler win in the Toyota Series Presented by A.R.E. Northern Division event on the St. Lawrence River. Fishing behind Chris Johnston on the final day, Ushio tallied 22-9 to earn himself a new Phoenix bass boat and his second first-place trophy.

When Ushio won the first time, he did it behind Chris Johnston on Lake Erie, in a weather-shortened event. This time, Ushio proved it over all three days.

β€œLast time, when I won, it was just a one-day tournament,” Ushio said. β€œThis time, it was three days. Nobody can say I was just lucky. I had a lot of opportunity for this to happen, and I finally got it, I’m so happy today.”

Fishing in the river the first two days and on the lake on Day 3, Ushio bucked the trend of finesse. Though a Ned rig fooled some of his fish, a free rig with a Β½- to ΒΎ-ounce weight, 12- to 16-pound line and either a 5.8-inch Geecrack Bellows Stick or a Berkley PowerBait MaxScent Creature Hawg.

β€œI’m just aiming for big ones,” he said. β€œI know there are a lot of 2- or 3-pounders. I’m purposely using the big worm to get the right bite.”

Fishing in his wheelhouse, Ushio was right at home on the big water.

β€œIt’s the same situation as my house, the Niagara River, or Lake Erie,” he said. β€œIt’s comfortable, it doesn’t feel like a tournament, it just feels like a fun weekend.”

Top 10 Strike King Co-Anglers

1. Sakae Ushio – 62 – 05 (15) – $33,500

2. Shawn Gokey – 56 – 04 (15) – $4,663

3. Lenny Baird – 55 – 10 (15) – $3,930

4. Bradley Saunders – 52 – 04 (15) – $3,264

5. Chris Hurley – 50 – 07 (15) – $2,798

6. Tim Curran – 48 – 09 (15) – $2,331

7. Dane Anderson – 48 – 05 (15) – $1,865

8. Clay Reece – 47 – 03 (13) – $1,632

9. Paul Melo – 47 – 01 (15) – $1,399

10. Jarvis Ellis – 45 – 04 (15) – $1,166

Complete Results