Trudeau Takes Divisional Title on Big O
Trudeau proved to be one of the wolves Alabama’s George Crain fretted
about this morning when the leader said he felt like a pack of wolves
was closing in on him. Trudeau nipped Crain to win the Cabela’s B.A.S.S.
Federation Nation Southern Divisional at Lake Okeechobee by only 6
Trudeau’s 21-pound, 10-ounce limit today overtook Crain’s lead.
was struggling in practice,” said Trudeau. “The water was real dirty
where I wanted to fish, and I kept forcing it and checking on it, but
all I could catch was an occasional 3-pound fish. My team helped me out
the first day by putting me on flipping fish, which I really needed to
have, and I stuck with it.”
The second day the wind let up, and Trudeau knew then he could go
topwater fishing. “I knew the water was going to clear up so I went up
to a few spots. Today there was a guide on one of them, and the other
area was blown out because of the south wind. So I concentrated on one
“My nerves were shot this morning. I missed a huge fish early and
then kept pulling my bait away from fish, and it just really messed me
up. My partner (Sidney Weaver of South Carolina) kept telling me to calm
down and relax. By 11 o'clock, I finally started getting my nerves
going a little better and managed to get one more good fish and then
lost another big one.”
The largest fish he caught weighed 8-9 and was the big bass of the day.
47-year-old prototype developer for Tupperware caught his larger
topwater fish on a firetiger Zara Spook and Lucky Craft Splash Tail in a
shad pattern. His other keepers fell for a 1/4-ounce Gambler Ninja
spinnerbait with a watermelon skirt.
By winning the divisional and finishing as the top angler on his
state team, Trudeau also qualified for the B.A.S.S. Federation Nation
Championship (FNC) to be held on Wheeler Lake in Alabama, Oct. 25-27.
Other state winners qualifying for the FNC are Jeremy Pridgen of
Georgia; Tim Hennemann, Kentucky; Brent Boyette, North Carolina; Edward
Cox, South Carolina; Mark Pierce, Tennessee; and Crain, who led the
first two days.
Georgia won the team championship with 502 pounds, 8 ounces, while Florida finished second with 496-14.
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