Christie Takes Command at Beaver Lake FLW
Apr 13th, 2013 by OutdoorsFIRST
Modified Apr 13th, 2013 at 12:00 AM
Beaver Lake once again produced many quality limits of bass for the Top 20 FLW Tour pros fishing on Day 3. Especially for Park Hill, Oklahoma pro Jason Christie. He weighed in a 20 pound 4 ounce limit. Good enough to leap him from the 10 spot to first going into the final day.
|Jason Christie (Photo FLW Outdoors)
Day 2 leader, Brandon Coulter from Knoxville, Tennessee, slipped a bit, but still bagged a 13-pound limit. He is in second just 2 pounds 8 ounces behind Christie.
Nicholasville, Kentucky pro Shawn Murphy bagged a limit weighing 16 pounds 11 ounces. That weight slid him into the three hole heading into the final day.
Christie limited fast.
“I caught a limit quickly today,” said Christie. “I also culled a couple of times today, so I was fortunate. I am nervous. I’ve been in the lead before heading into the final day. I had the lead about 3 or 4 years ago and lost it. The way the lake is fishing I think it will be about whoever gets the big catch tomorrow.”
Beaver stingy for Coulter.
“I knew who was leading going into Day 3 didn’t matter,” said Coulter. “It’s all about getting 17 or 18 pounds tomorrow to win. Today was an absolute grind for me. One of the toughest days of fishing for me. I had one fish at 11:30. Then the FLW pulled up and within an hour I had my limit. I want them to be fishing with me tomorrow.”
Murphy’s secondary option key.
“I went out today planning on fishing the pattern that was working,” said Murphy. “The old pattern didn’t work. I went to my back up plan and had a little flurry. I had to grind it out. I caught a 5-pounder in the morning and then a 4-pounder in the afternoon.”
Okeechobee, Florida pro Koby Kreiger brought in 13 pounds 15 ounces today. That weight was good enough for fourth after three days.
“I had a frustrating day,” said Kreiger. “I lost a 5-pounder today. That really hurt. The weights have been higher on Beaver than in the past. I haven’t had a 20-pound bag yet. Maybe I will tomorrow.”
Former Forrest Wood Cup Champion Scott Suggs of Bryant, Arkansas weighed in 17 pound 9 ounces to secure fifth heading into the last day.
“I had a great day,” said Suggs. “I weighed in all smallies. It seemed like every move I made today worked out. I caught a lot of fish. I’ve caught them on crankbaits, some on jerkbaits and some on swimbaits. I thought having no wind today would kill me, but I went to catching them.”