Christie Wins FLW Tour at Beaver Lake

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 Apr 14th, 2013 by OutdoorsFIRST 

Modified Apr 14th, 2013 at 12:00 AM

Park Hills, Oklahoma pro Jason Christie takes the FLW Beaver Lake event with a 3-pound 5-ounce margin over Nicholasville, Kentucky pro Shawn Murphy. Christie’s limit weighing 14 pounds 1 ounce earned him $125,000 for four days of tournament fishing. Christie worked a Yumbrella rig with 3/16-ounce money jigs and a variety of dark-back 4-inch swimbaits on a 7 and ½-foot baitcasting rod with 20-pound fluorocarbon line.

Jason Christie (Photo FLW Outdoors)

Christie confident on Day 4.

“I went in to today pretty confident,” said Christie. “I found two schools of bass on the second day where I’d catch a bass on every cast for 30 minutes. That didn’t happen today. I adjusted and it worked out.

“I was born and raised in the outdoors. There is not a day that goes by I take that for granted. If you asked me before the tournament if I had the winning fish I would’ve said not. I have a groove going, although I struggled today.

“My girls gave me a good luck charm this season. There is a patch worn out on my jeans from where I was rubbing my good luck charm.”

Murphy relied on the Alabama rig this week.

“I had a good week,” said Murphy. “During practice I caught fish on a Wiggle Wart. I went to the A-Rig for a lot of the tournament. So much my back and arms are worn out. It’s a tough job to throw it all day. I’d do it tomorrow if I had to.”

Former FLW Angler of the Year Anthony Gagliardi of Prosperity, South Carolina ended up in third.

“I had my limit by 9 today,” said Gagliardi. “I had all day to try and upgrade. I caught my big one late in the day. It doesn’t matter when they come, as long as they come. I targeted smallmouth bass from Day 1. I fished mostly 5 and 6 pound Gamma line with little swimbaits, and I also used Spot Removers.”

Birmingham, Alabama pro Barry Wilson grabbed the four spot.

“I’ve been on fish all week,” said Wilson. “I’ve lost a few big fish all week. I lost a big fish today.”

Former FLW Champ Scott Suggs landed in fifth overall.
“I had a good week,” said Suggs. “I had a lucky tooth from my daughters, but it wasn’t as lucky as Jason Christie’s good luck charm.”

 The top 10 pros finished the tournament in:
1st:    Rayovac pro Jason Christie, Park Hill, Okla., 20 bass, 61-8, $126,500
2nd:   Shawn Murphy, Nicholasville, Ky., 15 bass, 58-1, $35,000
3rd:    Chevy pro Anthony Gagliardi, Prosperity, S.C., 20 bass, 57-1, $30,000
4th:    Barry Wilson, Birmingham, Ala., 20 bass, 56-4, $25,000
5th:    Folgers pro Scott Suggs, Bryant, Ark., 20 bass, 55-5, $20,000
6th:    Walmart pro Mark Rose, West Memphis, Ark., 20 bass, 53-5, $17,000
7th:    Keystone Light pro Brandon Coulter, Knoxville, Tenn., 20 bass, 52-14, $16,000
8th:    Koby Kreiger, Okeechobee, Fla., 20 bass, 52-13, $15,000
9th:    Stacey King, Reeds Spring, Mo., 20 bass, 49-15, $14,000
10th:  Jim Dillard, West Monroe, La., 20 bass, 46-4, $13,000

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