Combs Still Besting Field at TTBC

Category: Tournament

 Oct 5th, 2013 by OutdoorsFIRST 

Modified Oct 5th, 2013 at 12:00 AM

Ranger/Yamaha pro Keith Combs is no stranger to leading the Toyota Texas Bass Classic. He won in 2011, took the lead on Day 1 and is in first place leading Livingston Lures pro Jacob Powroznik, by 7 pounds 8 ounces with a two-day total of 47 pounds 12 ounces heading into the final day. Powroznik is holding his own in second with 40 pounds 4 ounces.

Rounding out the Top 5 are Bass Pro Shops pro Kevin VanDam with 35 pounds 4 ounces, Mercury pro Jason Christie with a two-day total of 32 pounds 4 ounces and Rapala pro Mike Iaconelli weighing 30 pounds 8 ounces.

Berkley/Mercury pro Jacob Powroznik’s 8-4,caught in the last half-hour of Day 2, brought him to within strking range of Combs. (Joel Shangle)

Combs junk fishing

“I’m just catching a few,” said Combs. “I know it looks good right now, but it was hard. I had four hours between bites. Time was ticking. Things worked out. I was fishing on past knowledge. I was junk fishing, that’s all.”

TTBC has been on Combs’ mind all season

“I’ve thought about this tournament everyday this year,” said Combs. “I wanted to get back here to see if I could win another one. I’ve had an awesome season. A win here would really cap my season. Just look who is fishing here. If you can beat them you can beat anybody.”

Powroznik pumped for finale.

“I tell you, today was pretty fun,” said Powroznik. “On about my tenth cast I landed a 5-pounder. I thought this day was maybe heading in the right direction. Funny thing, a little later I pulled up on a spot where I caught a 6-pounder the other day and I told the camera boats I was gonna catch an 8-pounder today. Then it happened. Who knows, it could happen again tomorrow.”

Powroznik’s big bass of the day weighed 8.56 pounds.

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