Canterbury Leads Walmart FLW Tour Major On Beaver Lake
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Scott Canterbury bringing the pain on Beaver Lake with a kicker. (Photo by Rob Newell)
ROGERS, Ark. – Coming into day three at the Walmart FLW Tour Major on Beaver Lake presented by Straight Talk the largest stringer that had been weighed in for the tournament was a nice 16-pound, 3-ounce bag weighed in Friday by Straight Talk pro J.T. Kenney. That weight was shattered on Saturday as Kenney's fellow Straight Talk pro Scott Canterbury wowed the Rogers, Ark., crowd with a huge 19-pound, 11-ounce stringer of Beaver Lake bass. He now leads a full field of the best bass-fishing pros from all across the United States, Canada, Spain and Japan as they fish for a top cash award of up to $125,000.
The Springville, Ala., native weighed in a five-bass limit Saturday vaulting him from 13th place yesterday into the top spot. After three days of fishing, Canterbury has weighed in 15 bass totaling 42 pounds, 5 ounces. He now holds a slim 12-ounce lead over Chevy pro Luke Clausen of Spokane, Wash., who caught five bass today weighing 14-5. Clausen has weighed in 15 bass totaling 41-9 after the first three days.
"Man, it was an absolutely awesome day today," said Canterbury, who has career earnings of more than $500,000 on the FLW Tour. "I have not changed anything, and I'm fishing the exact same way that I did on day one and day two. I was just blessed today. Every time I moved, I caught them. Every time I changed baits, I caught them. When I switched to bigger lures, I caught bigger fish. It was one of those days where everything that I did just worked out for me."
Canterbury said that he covered a lot of water Saturday, and plans on doing the same Sunday.
"I started today in Prairie Creek and just started catching them right off of the bat," Canterbury said. "Then I went way up the river and had some good bites up there as well. I'm really just looking for the transition banks and fishing the shallow cover. I was throwing so much different stuff today. I was power fishing. I threw the Alabama rig. I was throwing a big jig. I fished some topwaters. I was throwing a squarebill-crankbait. I'm just covering as much water as I can and trying different lures. I caught nine keepers on the day today. I feel like I'm around some fish – it's just all about getting the big bites, though. Luckily that happened for me today, and I'm hoping I can do it again tomorrow."
After his success on day three, Canterbury said he has no plans of altering his strategy heading into the fourth and final day.
"My plan for day four is to just keep doing the same thing. It's just how I like to fish," he continued. "I've got a good chance to catch some big fish tomorrow, but you never really know. I feel good about my chances, but this is still Beaver Lake. I only weighed in 8 pounds on the second day, and I've zeroed here before. I feel like I'm around a lot of fish but it's all about getting those bites. Hopefully I can make that happen and everything goes good for me on day four and I can finish this thing off."
Rounding out the top 10 pros and advancing to the final day or competition on Beaver Lake are:
3rd: Dr. Pepper TEN pro Glenn Browne, Ocala, Fla., 15 bass, 39-0
4th: Castrol pro David Dudley, Lynchburg, Va., 15 bass, 37-14
5th: Andy Morgan, Dayton, Tenn., 15 bass, 36-7
6th: Chevy pro Jay Yelas, Corvallis, Ore., 15 bass, 36-5
7th: Kelley Jaye, Dadeville, Ala., 15 bass, 35-8
8th: Charlie Evans, Gilbertsville, Ky., 15 bass, 35-7
Overall there were 93 bass weighing 205 pounds, 13 ounces caught by pros Saturday. The catch included 16 five-bass limits.
Pros are competing for a top award of up to $125,000 this week plus valuable points in the hope of qualifying for the 2012 Forrest Wood Cup presented by Walmart, the world championship of bass fishing. The top 35 anglers in the point standings from the six Walmart FLW Tour Major tournaments will qualify.
Chad Pipkens of Holt, Mich., won the co-angler division and $25,000 Saturday with a three-day total of nine bass weighing 22-15 followed by Todd Lee of Jasper, Ala., in second place with 10 bass weighing 18-14 worth $7,500.
"Coming into this tournament I was hoping to make some money to cross over to the boater side next year," said Pipkens. "This check will definitely help. My kicker was the first fish that I caught today, right around 8 a.m., and I had my other fish by 11 a.m. I felt really good after that first one, but I knew that if any of these other guys were weighing in 7 or 8 pounds today I didn't really like my chances. If you catch a 6-pounder and a 4-pounder on Beaver Lake and don't win, it's just not meant to be. It held up and worked out for me today, though.
"I caught my fish on a ½-ounce white chartreuse War Eagle Spinnerbait today," Pipkens continued. "I caught a couple flipping as well. I kind of figured it out this afternoon that a lot of the bigger fish were staying near the banks on the laydowns, so I tried to just work my areas off of the back of the boat. I was really trying to be careful to not interfere at all with what my pro was doing. I know what's at stake for those guys, and you never want to step on anybody's toes. I got to go fishing with Charlie Evans today, and if you think that guy talks a lot on stage, well, you should see him in the boat."
The Michigan native has fished quite a bit with FLW, and has found success in multiple stages of circuits.
"I've won three BFL events from the front of the boat," Pipkens went on to say. "And the last two years I have fished the EverStart series as a pro. I think that this is going to be my last year of fishing out of the back of the boat, and I'm looking forward to fishing the FLW Tour next year as a pro."
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