Hite leads Kentucky Lake FLW

Category: Tournament

 Jun 26th, 2014 by OutdoorsFIRST 

Modified Jun 26th, 2014 at 12:00 AM

The big discussion heading into today’s tournament was who would win the FLW Tour Angler of the Year title at the last event of the season on Kentucky Lake out of Paris, TN. Of course, that won’t be decided until, at the earliest, tomorrow.

So, the news of the day was Evinrude pro and two-time winner at tour-level events in 2014, Brett Hite, grabbing the lead on Kentucky Lake at the final FLW Tour event of season. Hite brought in a limit weighing 24 pounds, 14 ounces anchored by the big bass of the day (7-5).

Slightly more than two pounds behind Hite in second place is Power-Pole pro Randy Haynes (22-11).

Rounding out the Top 5 are in third Ranger Boats pro Scott Martin (22-8). Tied for Fourth is Legend Boats pro Charlie Ingram and Mercury pro Tom Redington (22-6).

Hite fished small.

“I had a good day today,” said Hite. “The fishing was phenomenal. I had an up and down practice. Today it went right.

“I got all of my fish from one little spot, sharing with one other boat that left early in the morning. If that place holds up I’ll be in good shape.”

Haynes windows short.

“I was happy to leave in a late flight today,” said Haynes. “I’d been catching fish later in the day. It didn’t help today. The windows of opportunity are very short out there right now. My day didn’t work out as well as I’d like it to have.

Scott Martin weighed (22-8) to settle into third after Day 1 (Joel Shangle)

Martin close to bigger bag.

“Today was a blessing,” said Martin. “It was great fishing. I had a couple of smallish fish and lost a 6 or 7 at the boat. I could’ve had a bigger bag, but I’m happy with 22.”

Ingram wants to be alone.

“I think I can keep catching them,” said Ingram. “I’m on a pretty good bunch of fish. If I can keep them to myself, I’ll be fine.”

Redington digs the TVA reservoirs.

“This feels awesome today,” said Redington. “To me, Kentucky Lake is the best tournament lake in the country. I love all of the TVA (Tennessee Valley Authority) lakes, but Kentucky Lake is my favorite. I wish the FLW had all of their tournaments on TVA lakes.”

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