Lieblong wins Rayovac FLW Series Central Division finale on Lake Dardanelle

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 Aug 17th, 2015 by OutdoorsFIRST 

Modified Aug 17th, 2015 at 12:00 AM

Jason Lieblong of Conway, Arkansas, weighed a five-bass limit totaling 12 pounds, 2 ounces Saturday to win the Rayovac FLW Series Central Division finale on Lake Dardanelle presented by Mercury with a three-day total of 15 bass weighing 46 pounds, 3 ounces. For his win, Lieblong earned $39,733 and a new Ranger Z518 with a 200-horsepower Evinrude or Mercury outboard.
“I’m still stoked from that final weigh-in,” said Lieblong, who earned his second career win in FLW competition. “There are a lot of great anglers in this tournament so to come out on top is very exciting.”
Lieblong said he focused on six spots in a mid-lake area over the course of the three-day event.
“On day one I hit two areas in the morning which were full of lily pads. I threw a black Stanley Ribbit Frog,” said Lieblong. “As the morning progressed I fished reeds and a laydown, rotating between flipping a Redbug-colored Zoom Ol’ Monster Worm and pitching a black and blue Z-Man ChatterBait to some logs.”

Jason Lieblong (FLW Fishing)

Around noon, Lieblong said he switched to a white ChatterBait to imitate the shad that were schooling around flats and points – a tactic he would use over the course of the tournament.
“I had 16 or 17 pounds by 8:45 a.m.,” said Lieblong. “Every fish I caught on day one was a 4-pounder.”
On the final two days of competition, Lieblong headed straight for the reed walls, lily pads and the laydown early in the morning.
“I flipped the reeds and laydown using the Ol’ Monster Worm,” said Lieblong. “Between noon and 1 o’ clock I used the white Chatterbait again on open-water flats and points.”
With an hour left before check-in on day three, Lieblong said he headed to a southern spot to fish drop-offs with an Ol’ Monster Worm.
“At 11:30 a.m. I only had three fish, but I was able to catch a few more down in the brush,” said Lieblong. “Today was a slow day of fishing. I ended up only having seven bites.”
Lieblong said he ended up catching approximately 25 keepers over the three days of competition.
“It was a pretty textbook fishing tournament,” said Lieblong. “Unfortunately my spots weren’t replenishing each day. I got pretty nervous because my weights kept falling. Luckily it all worked out.”
The top 10 pros on Lake Dardanelle were:
               1st:          Jason Lieblong, Conway, Ark., 15 bass, 46-3, $39,733 + Ranger Z518 w/ 200-horsepower outboard
               2nd:         Spencer Grace, Dardanelle, Ark., 15 bass, 44-1, $15,397           
               3rd:          Jeff Keene, Vinita, Okla., 15 bass, 43-13, $11,920        
               4th:          Barry Wilson, Birmingham, Ala., 15 bass, 43-9, $9,933 
               5th:          Kerry Milner, Bono, Ark., 13 bass, 40-11, $8,940          
               6th:          Scott Suggs, Alexander, Ark., 15 bass, 37-3, $7,947    
               7th:          Austin Brown, Benton, Ky., 13 bass, 32-14, $6,953       
               8th:          Josh Hilton, Clarksville, Ark., 11 bass, 32-1, $5,960      
               9th:          Wells Kaiser, Cuba City, Wis., 10 bass, 29-4, $4,967
               10th:        Michael Stetich, Ankeny, Iowa, 11 bass, 27-11, $3,973
Complete results can be found at FLWFishing.com.

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