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Berkley pro Mark Tucker pulled out a close contest to claim his first B.A.S.S. victory. The St. Louis, Mo., native weighed in 45-pounds, 15-ounces of fish during the event at Lewisville Lake, Texas. The B.A.S.S. veteran cashed a $10,000 check for the win, a new Skeeter/Yamaha boat/motor package and earned a trip to the 2012 Bassmaster Classic to be held in Shreveport, La.
“It’s about time,” said Tucker. “This win has been a long time coming. I strive to win every single tournament that I can, but it just hasn’t happened. Lewisville Lake is an awesome fishery, and the win couldn’t have come at a better time.”
Tucker slowly worked a jerkbait over 8- to 10-feet of water along rocky points, triggering a reaction bite from the Kentucky (spotted) bass.
“They wouldn’t hit it if the bait sank down, so I used Trilene XT monofilament so the bait would rise slightly,” said Tucker. “I’d slowly twitch my rod tip then they’d crush the jerkbait.”
Berkley pros will be competing at the next B.A.S.S. Central Open event, set for April 28-30 at Table Rock Lake in Branson, Mo.
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