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COLUMBIA, S.C. (May 19, 2009) – Ray Scheide relied on a Berkley Chigger Craw to stake his claim to a $200,000 check for his victory at the FLW Tour Beaver Lake/Walmart Open. The Dover, Ark., native bagged a final day bag of 12 pounds, 4 ounces to slip up on the leaders to earn his second tour-level victory.
“I was truly shocked to escape with a win,” said Scheide. “I relied heavily on the Chigger Craw and my 15-pound Berkley Trilene 100% Fluorocarbon. Those fish were in some gnarly stuff so the Trilene 100% Fluorocarbon’s toughness really showed. The line never broke and the Chigger Craw coaxed the bass to the strike.”
Scheide pitched flooded hardwood trees for the 4-pound kicker fish that earned him the victory. He fished the watermelon-candy Berkley Chigger Craw with a ½-ounce weight to punch debris mats.
“I really focused on flooded timber and heavy mats,” said Scheide. “When fishing in heavy cover it is key to have the best equipment. This is the exact reason why I use Berkley products. They come through for me each and every time without fail.”
The next FLW Tour event is set for May 14-17 on Kentucky/Barkley Lake in Benton, Ky.