Bassmaster Elite Update: Zig or Zag on Kentucky Lake – Quicksilver Q Crew
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Bassmaster Elite Update: Zig or Zag on Kentucky Lake


Paris, TN (May 10, 2018) The QCREW water team wrapped up another Bassmaster Elite event at Kentucky Lake this past Monday, well Sunday as the team did not reach Championship Monday.  Kentucky Lake was primed for big bags and all the anglers were excited about the potential of catching a lot of bass after the wrapped up their practice sessions.  As the tournament kicked off on Friday, Kentucky Lake changed with the water dropping again overnight.  The patterns the QCREW had fished during practice was not longer and play and a new game plan was hatched.  Here is what the anglers had to say:

“I guess you can say, when you zig when you should have zagged.  I had a decent practice with a lot of flipping bites down the river about 45 miles away.  The water dropped two feet from the first day of practice.  The first morning of the tournament I went all the way down to my practice spot and the majority of the bushes I was flipping were out of the water.  I had to abandon that pattern and start fresh.  Same thing the next day.  I also lost a couple of good fish.  End result was not what I wanted.  Lowest finish I have ever had.  That’s the thing about this sport.  Very Humbling.  You gotta roll to the next tournament and not look back.  The same thing happened last season.  I had a tough tournament and then went out and won the next one.  Can’t wait to get it going at Lake Travis!

~Dustin Connell

“Kentucky Lake was a tough event.  Fishing was pretty good as you can tell from the weights, but I felt like I never got onto the deal to do very well.  With that said, I fished a few techniques that I discovered during practice which were the sad spawn in the morning and flipping bushes during the day.  As practice progressed they pulled the water down a foot or so and the flipping bit died.  Nevertheless, it wasn’t a total bomb finishing in 75th place.  I’m really looking forward to getting back on track at Lake Travis in Texas.”

~Mark Daniels Jr.

“I went into Kentucky Lake expecting one thing and quickly realized in practice that it was not the usual Kentucky Lake we were all used to.  During practice I only could have caught a limit on one of the three days.  To say it was tough was an understatement.  On Wednesday before the tournament I decided I would stick with just a few patterns and try to just keep my head down and go for one bite at a time.  After Day 1 and catching almost 18lbs I realized the lake was changing and changing fast.  I was super pumped to make the Top 50 cut and gain more very valuable AOY points for the year.  Although the practice started out rough I was definitely pleased with how it turned out.  See y’all in Texas next week.”

~Stetson Blaylock

“Kentucky Lake changed every day for me.  Practice was good but the with the water drop it made me start over when Day 1 of the tournament started.  I had a good day start with over 19 lbs and was sitting inside the Top 10.  Day 2 was more of a struggle as Kentucky Lake changed again and I was able to bring 17 lbs across the stage to keep me in the Top 12.  Day 3 was a more difficult day for me on Kentucky Lake and I was unable to dial in a big bite that I needed to move me through to Championship Monday.   I am happy with my performance (15th Place) and pumped for the next tournament.  I used a stick worm from V&M for most of the first day and then went to a Livingston 2.0 square for the rest of the tournament.  A lot of shallow fishing was my main strategy.  My Mercury motor got me to all the places I wanted to fish and my Lowrance electronics helped me out big time.  On to Texas!”

~Jacob Powroznik

AOY Standings:

1-           Bradley Roy                                      282

2-           Brent Chapman                               276

3-           Brett Hite                                          262

4-           Josh Bertrand                                  261

5-           Dean Rojas                                       257

28-       Jacob Powroznik                       214

36-       Mark Daniels Jr                         203

47-        Stetson Blaylock                        190

60-       Dustin Connell                            163


Photo credit:  James Overstreet, Andy Crawford, Eldon Sawyer & Luke Lamar

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