La Crosse, Wisconsin- The Bassmaster Elite series wrapped another tournament today on the Mississippi River—and the man of the hour was Todd Faircloth.
The entire tournament was a thriller, with margins of only ounces separating competitors on the leader board. When it was all said and done, Faircloth took the win by just over a pound as he finished with a tournament total of 62 pounds, 4 ounces. His closest competitor, and runner up, was Cliff Pace with 61 pounds even (his second, 2nd place finish of the month).
The win brought Faircloth multiple benefits.
Of course he brings home the big $100,000 prize, gets an instant qualification to the 2013 Classic, and also moves from 6th place in the Angler of the Year standings all the way up to 2nd.
The Winning Baits And Strategy
No one strategy brought home the big win for Faircloth this time around.
It was his ability to be flexible and keep trying different things that brought home the win. Overall, the river was fishing small—the big bass of the tournament was only 5 pounds, 3 ounces—but staying on fish and culling at every opportunity was the key to victory.
Baits used included:
- Various top water plugs
- Yamamoto D Shad
- Yamamoto Creature Bait
- All-Terrain swim jig
There were more, but these seemed to be the ones pulling in the fish.
This tournament leads us right into the Mystery Lake event which could have massive implications on the Angler of the Year standings.
For full AOY standings, visit Bassmaster.com.
See ya on the water…