Trudeau Takes Divisional Title on Big O

Florida’s Raymond 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 ounces. Trudeau’s 21-pound, 10-ounce ...










Florida’s Raymond

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

ounces. 





Trudeau’s 21-pound, 10-ounce limit today overtook Crain’s lead. 





“I

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

area.”





“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.





The

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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