Christie Crushes Them to Take Win on Bull Shoals
Apr 22nd, 2013 by OutdoorsFIRST
Modified Apr 22nd, 2013 at 12:00 AM
Momentum is often talked about in sports. Having momentum heading into the playoffs or into a new season. Momentum is certainly important in tournament fishing. If ever an angler has momentum right now, it has to be the winner of the Bassmaster Elite Series event on Bull Shoals Lake in Bull Shoals, Arkansas, Jason Christie from Park Hills, Oklahoma.
|Jason Christie (Photo BassFIRST)|
Christie won the FLW Tour event on Beaver Lake in Arkansas just over a week ago and comes up with the biggest limit of the Bull Shoals event on the final day, 18 pounds even. That limit pushed his total weight to 56 pounds 8 ounces, 1 pound 2 ounces more than runner-up Fred Roumbanis from Bixby, Oklahoma. In just over a week, Christie has pocketed over $200,000 in tournament winnings.
“I can hardly talk right now,” said Christie. “Somebody is looking out for me. Pulling in to a cove and a school breaks right in front of me, what can I say? This is really big financially and mentally for me.
“I guess you get into a groove and you make the right decisions. I didn’t know those bigger fish were there. If they didn’t break in front of me, I would’ve been fishing the bank and never caught them. When I pulled into that cove and saw fish breaking I thought I was going to be able to catch a limit of little spots, then 18 pounds later…”
Christie changed up every day.
“This is such a good lake to fish,” said Christie. “I caught my fish a different way each day of the tournament. On Day 1, I caught them cranking. On Day 2, I was fishing a Carolina rig. On Day 3, I caught my limit flipping bushes. Today, those fish just crushed that One Knocker Spook on top.
“I’m so thankful I have such a good team. This isn’t easy. I couldn’t do it without them. My family and my sponsors.”