Quicksilver Pro Jacob Powroznik Wins Sudden Death Round at General Tire World Championship
In winning the Sudden Death Round of the Major League Fishing General Tire World Championship presented by Bass Pro Shops on Turtle Lake in Grand Rapids, Minnesota, Quicksilver pro Jacob Powroznik, of Prince George, Virginia, proved once again that he can find and catch quality bass anywhere in the country. From northern Minnesota to southern Florida to Louisiana and everywhere in between, whether the fishing conditions call for spinning rods or baitcasters, catching smallmouth or largemouth bass, Powroznik is just one of those anglers who can flat-out catch bass.
To that point, Powroznik won the MLF Bass Pro Tour event in Raleigh, North Carolina, in April 2019, the MLF Cup in Syracuse, New York, in March 2020, and the Lake Okeechobee MLF Bass Pro Tour event in March 2020. The Virginia pro also won four Bassmaster tournaments and two FLW tournaments dating back to his first win on Santee Cooper Lakes back in 2003.
To win the Sudden Death Round at Turtle Lake, Powroznik caught a 1-pound, 6-ounce smallmouth bass at 11:20 a.m. – his ninth smallmouth of the day – to cross the 20-pound qualifying-weight threshold. He became the first angler to advance to the final-day Championship Round at the General Tire World Championship.
“During the ride around, I was looking, and I found one kind of high shoal out in the middle of the lake that had three buoys on it that said ‘ROCK,’” Powroznik said in his post-game press conference. “I know that smallmouth love rock, so I kind of idled around it, and I marked a couple of fish on my side scan. I thought it looked good, so I figured I’d fish around it and see if I could figure out what was going on. I ended up catching one on my very first cast, and it was on.
“I threw a little V&M Drop Shad worm in smoke and green pumpkin on a drop-shot, but it really didn’t matter the color,” Powroznik continued. “The smallmouth were very active, and if you put any bait in front of them, they were going to bite it. I also used a Livingston Walking Boss Jr. and caught fish on topwater, so it was just a great day.”
Despite his fast start and finishing before noon, Powroznik, 42, said that he still felt the pressure of the Sudden Death Round.
“The first one and the last one are always the hardest fish to catch in Sudden Death,” Powroznik said. “I had 19-2 or something like that for a while, and I’m just thinking, ‘Come on … one more bite. And don’t lose it …’ It’s the highest of highs at that moment, but the stress level right then is out of this world. Your heart is racing; you’re breathing heavy. Everything is weighing on your shoulders to try to catch one more fish. I was nervous, but I had a pretty good lead, so I wasn’t freaking out too bad.”
In the MLF General Tire World Championship competition, the full field of 16 pro anglers was split into two groups of eight. Group 1 competed in Shotgun Round 1, and Group 2 competed in Shotgun Round 2, with the top angler from each day advancing directly to the Sudden Death Round. The remaining seven anglers from each group carried their total weight on to the Elimination Round. The three anglers from each group’s Elimination Round with the highest cumulative two-day weight also advanced to the Sudden Death Round – eight anglers total.
Powroznik caught 58 fish weighing 118 pounds to make it to the Sudden Death Round.
During the Sudden Death Round, the eight anglers that advanced from the Shotgun Rounds and Elimination Rounds competed to become one of the first six to reach a qualifying weight of 20 pounds that was established by MLF officials. The top six anglers advanced to the final-day Championship Round, where weights were zeroed and the highest total weight at the end of competition was declared World Champion.
Powroznik wound up in fourth place overall in the Championship Round, which was won by Lee.
It was another great showing by the Mercury Pro Team member, who says that fishing MLF events has been an adjustment. Instead of weighing each angler’s biggest five fish, a catch-weigh-immediate-release format is used. There are no limits to the number of “scorable” bass an angler can accumulate.
“Major League Fishing has made me practice a lot harder to find more fish,” Powroznik added. “If you have to catch 100 pounds to win, you have to find a lot of fish. I’ve had to spend practice days looking for more things I can do to catch fish. Prior to this format, I was preparing myself to fish for eight to nine fish a day sometimes.
“Now, when I fished FLW or the Bassmaster Elite Series, I was always that guy who wanted to get as many bites in a tournament day. I think my chances are better if I am catching more fish by finding more schools of fish, so in that way, I am suited for this format.”
In addition to the Bass Pro Tour, MLF Cups and the General Tire World Championship, Powroznik has also fished the Bassmaster Opens in 2020. He has one more Central Open on Lake Lewisville in November before preparations begin for the 2021 tournament season.
Complete results and photos from the General Tire World Championship can be found at MajorLeagueFishing.com.