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Dudley leads wire-to-wire, wins Walmart FLW Tour event on Lake Champlain

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David Dudley shows off one of the quality largemouth that helped him earn his second FLW Tour Major event of 2012. (Photo by David Brown) David Dudley shows off one of the quality largemouth that helped him earn his second FLW Tour Major event of 2012. (Photo by David Brown)

PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. – Castrol pro David Dudley thrives on competition and doesn't like to lose. The Forrest Wood Cup winner has made history in some of the biggest tournaments in the sport. This week, a confident Dudley started out with a bang and added even more accolades to his already impressive fishing resume.

In April, Dudley told the crowd attending the FLW Tour event at Beaver Lake to "watch out at Lake Champlain." Dudley didn't disappoint at the Walmart FLW Tour on Lake Champlain (presented by Chevy) this week, as he added to his unbelievable list of achievements in an impressive display of mental toughness and fishing skills against the best bass anglers in the world. At the end of Sunday's weigh-in, Dudley's five bass worth 20 pounds even gave him a total four-day weight of 78 pounds, 8 ounces – 1 pound, 10 ounces heavier than second place – as well as a championship trophy and $125,250.

Jacob Powroznik of Prince George, Va., posted a total weight of 76 pounds, 14 ounces to claim second place. Powroznik won $29,126 for his efforts.

"It's always nice to get a trophy," Dudley said. "It's something you own and nobody can take that from you."

On the first day of competition Dudley fished the north end of the lake because he knew he could catch a quality limit of bass and hoped he could build a tournament strategy there.

"I didn't go down to Ticonderoga," Dudley said. "I know the north end of the lake better. This is an incredible fishery no matter if you're north or south, but south is on fire right now."

Dudley's main weapon during the tournament was a spinning rod featuring a rotation of a wacky worm and a Berkley Havoc Bottom Hopper. Dudley said he also fished a chatter-type bait tipped with a Berkley Havoc Rocket Craw.

"The Rocket Craw has an unbelievable action to it," Dudley said.

Dudley explained on stage after his victory how he came to be one of FLW's most heralded pros.

"I knew when I was young and watched the pro fishermen on TV and said, ‘I want to be a pro fisherman,' that it's what I wanted to do," Dudley said. "I took it serious and studied the game. I wasn't going to a pond and just fishing. I was going to a pond to learn."

The top 10 pros finished the tournament in:

1st: Castrol pro David Dudley, Lynchburg, Va., 20 bass, 78-8, $125,250

2nd: Snapple pro Jacob Powroznik, Prince George, Va., 20 bass, 76-14, $29,126

3rd: Blake Nick, Adger, Ala., 20 bass, 74-2, $25,126

4th: Roland Martin, Naples, Fla., 20 bass, 73-8, $20,726

5th: Andy Morgan, Dayton, Tenn., 20 bass, 73-7, $16,776

6th: David Wolak, Wake Forest, N.C., 20 bass, 73-1, $14,006

7th: Joseph Thompson, Landenberg, Pa., 20 bass, 72-7, $13,166

8th: EverStart pro Ron Shuffield, Bismarck, Ark., 20 bass, 70-14, $12,326

9th: John Voyles, Petersburg, Ind., 20 bass, 70-13, $11,486

10th: Straight Talk pro Scott Canterbury, Springville, Ala., 20 bass, 67-11, $10,646

A complete list of results can be found at FLWOutdoors.com.

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