Gagner Wins 201 TBF National Championship

Gilbert Gagner of Highgate Springs, Vt., weighed a five-bass limit totaling 13 pounds, 10 ounces Saturday to win the TBF National Championship event on Bull Shoals Lake with a three-day total of 15 bass weighing 35 pounds, 5 ounces. For his victory, Gagner earned the $100,000 “Living the Dream” prize package which includes entry into ...














Gilbert

Gagner of Highgate Springs, Vt., weighed a five-bass limit totaling 13

pounds, 10 ounces Saturday to win the TBF National Championship event on

Bull Shoals Lake with a three-day total of 15 bass weighing 35 pounds, 5

ounces. For his victory, Gagner earned the $100,000 “Living the Dream”

prize package which includes entry into the 2013 FLW Tour.




               




Gilbert spent 20

years trying to qualify for the TBF National Championship and when all

the fish were weighed he was in a tie with second-place finisher Jeff

Erickson of Phoenix, Ariz. TBF rules state that in a tie the first

tie-breaker is the total number of fish caught. Each had 15. The next

tie-breaker is the total number of fish weighed alive. All 15 of

Gilbert’s fish were weighed alive, while Erickson only weighed 14 of his

15 alive.




 




“This is a great honor

for me,” said the choked-up Gagner. “Stuff like this doesn’t happen to

people like me. I was just thrilled to be competing in the TBF National

Championship and just came to fish. I didn’t care how I finished. I was

just honored to be here.




 




“I had a really

horrible practice … didn’t catch a fish,” Gagner went on to say. “I was

moving way too fast and tried to force feed the fish. Come tournament

time I slowed way down and that is what made the difference. During the

competition I was able to make meticulous casts to the base of bushes

and let the bait sit.




 




“The first two days I

fished the same area using Senkos. Today, I moved to a new area and

started throwing a jig. The lake is up about 8 feet, so I found the lip

of where the lake is normally and fished a submerged ledge where the

bass were just getting ready to spawn.”




 




For his efforts Gagner

won the $100,000 “Living the Dream” prize package, including cash and

prizes, fully paid entry fees into the FLW tour, travel funds and use of

a wrapped Ranger Boat and Chevrolet truck for the year.




 




Rounding out the top 7 pros were:




 




            2nd:   Jeff Erickson, Phoenix, Ariz., 35-5




            3rd:   Miles Burghoff, Orlando, Fla., 35-2




            4th:    Marc Snyder, St. Johns, Mich., 33-0




            5th:    Steve Hughes, Rimersburg, Pa., 31-3




            6th:    Brian Maloney, Osage Beach, Mo., 29-13




            7th:    Brandon Glass, Resaca, Ga., 28-15




         




Tyler Webb of Arnett, W. Va., won the Co-angler Division with a three-day total of 30 pounds, 6 ounces.




 




 Rounding out the top 7 co-anglers were:




 




            2nd:   Robert Hime, Odessa, Mo., 29-12




            3rd:   Wesley Taylor, Decherd, Tenn., 28-13




            4th:    Chris Lambert, Olympia, Wash., 19-3




            5th:    Robert Cox, Tippecanoe, Ohio, 18-2




            6th:    Karl Beltz, Tucson, Ariz., 15-8




            7th:    Gary Kurensky, Bridgeport, Conn., 10-12




         




            For complete details and updated information visit the TBF website.

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