Quicksilver Pro Angler Jacob Powroznik Earns Second Bass Pro Tour Win
Jacob Powroznik of Prince George, Virginia, won Major League Fishing’s Bass Pro Tour event Feb. 26 on Lake Okeechobee in Florida. He landed 15 scorable bass (two pounds or larger) for a total of 49 pounds, 11 ounces to win by more than 11 pounds over his nearest competitor.
With the win, Powroznik became just the third angler to win multiple MLF Bass Pro Tour events. Jacob Wheeler and Edwin Evers have also earned multiple victories.
Powroznik also won Stage Three of the inaugural Bass Pro Tour season in 2019 at Shearon Harris Reservoir in North Carolina. The victory on Okeechobee was Powroznik’s seventh in a career that’s included FLW, B.A.S.S. and MLF competitions.
The victory was also the third major bass tournament conquest by a Quicksilver Pro in the past 12 months. Teammate Stetson Blaylock of Benton, Arkansas, won the 2019 Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Elite Series event at Winyah Bay in Georgetown, South Carolina, last April to go with Powroznik’s two wins.
Powroznik and Blaylock also moved up to second and third place, respectively, in the BassFan.com world rankings released late last week.
Powroznik was quick to credit several people for teaching him to fish, including his father, two uncles, family friend Wade Rook and 2000 Bassmaster Classic Champion Woo Daves from Spring Grove, Virginia.
The way he learned to fish has served him well in the Bass Pro Tour’s conservation-friendly format. The Bass Pro Tour has no limits regarding the number of scorable, two-pound-plus bass an angler can weigh during a tournament. Each fish is weighed and immediately released back into the water.
“I started fishing on the James River (in Virginia), and we just went looking to catch fish,” said Powroznik. “You don’t go out on a tidal river and throw some big spinnerbait trying to catch five big bass. We had a 10-fish limit when I was growing up. You just got on a pattern where you got bites.
“To this day, I try to go out and get as many bites as possible. I want to catch as many bass as possible in a day’s time. The more bites, the better chance I have to catch a big one, too. Some guys change their fishing style depending on the limit, but I don’t.”
Interestingly, each of Powroznik’s Bass Pro Tour conquests saw him make a final-period rally –each period is 2.5 hours – to come back and win the event going away.
Powroznik’s next event is the Bass Pro Tour Stage Three on Lake Fork in Texas, March 13-18. Blaylock, meanwhile, will compete in the 50th Annual Bassmaster Classic, March 6-8, in Birmingham, Alabama, on famed Lake Guntersville.