Redington leads heading into Championship Sunday

Category: Tournament

 Jun 28th, 2014 by OutdoorsFIRST 

Modified Jun 28th, 2014 at 12:00 AM

Ranger pro Tom Redington retained his hold on first place today at the FLW Tour stop on Kentucky Lake out of Paris, TN. Redington bagged a limit weighing 18 pounds, 13 ounces for a three-day total of (65-12)

Redington’s consistency held off the hard-charging Skip Johnson. The Gamma pro had a solid limit today (19-12) for a three-day total of (64-10), which was good enough for the second spot heading into Championship Sunday.

Rounding out the Top 5 are in third Mercury pro Jason Lambert (64-10). Fourth is held by Evinrude pro Brett Hite (64-6). In fifth is Snickers pro Jim Moynagh (63-11).

Redington feels like a trophy
“I feel good about heading out tomorrow,” said Redington. My schools aren’t replenishing. They are busted up. I had a great practice and have several areas to fish. Hopefully tomorrow I will find a few of the big active schools.

“I feel like a trophy buck that has been given a 10-yard lead with the best marksmen in the world behind him.”

Brett Hite laid off his fish in the afternoon, but still sits in fourth place. (Joel Shangle)

Johnson having a tough time
“It started yesterday for me,” said Johnson. “I lose a 5-pounder then a little later one that was huge. I should’ve weighed 28 pounds yesterday.

“Then, I get out this morning and drop three that could’ve weighed 20 pounds. They would come up, shake their head and throw my jig. I’d just look on in disbelief.

“I’m still here though. I need to go out and find those 6-pounders again. I didn’t wear them out. I think I’ve got something going.”

Lambert had a bad day

“I know I shouldn’t say it, but I had a bad day,” said Lambert. “I caught one big one and couldn’t get rid of a 3-pounder. It could’ve been a better day.”

In addition to qualifying for Championship Sunday, Lambert won the FLW Tour Rookie of the Year (ROY) title.

“You never anticipate winning the ROY,” said Lambert. “It is something you strive for and think about as a possibility. When I saw the schedule with the Tennessee River impoundments, I thought I may have a chance this year.”

Hite laid off
“It was a good day today,” said Hite. “I have my spot dialed in. I played a little defense this afternoon and laid off my fish. When you find one of these schools on Kentucky Lake, it’s awesome.”

Moynagh needs upgrades
“If I catch an 8-pounder I will wipe out the lead,” said Moynagh. “I know where they live. I saw a huge one in practice. Maybe she has a sister, too.

“I have a place I start in the morning to get a good limit, then I bounce around looking to upgrade. I need a better upgrade spot. If I can get one of these 25-pound limits, I can put some moves on these guys.”

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