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Hasty Wins Co-Angler Title, $20,000

TRENTON, Mich. (Aug. 25, 2012) – Over the course of a four-day bass-fishing tournament, daily weights tend to dwindle as fishing pressure mounts. However, at the Walmart FLW Tour on the Detroit River presented by the National Guard, the bite has gotten stronger and in general, the weights have gone up every day. Chevy pro Larry Nixon of Bee Branch, Ark., the legendary angler nicknamed “The General,” has followed that general trend and increased his weights every day of competition and now sits atop the leaderboard over the best bass pros in the world.
Nixon weighed a five-bass limit weighing 23 pounds, 11 ounces to take the lead and advanced to the top 10 as the crucial No. 1 seed. With a three-day catch of 15 bass weighing 64-7, he now holds a very slim 5-ounce lead in the tournament going into the final day of competition.
“Today was one of those great days,” said Nixon, who has won more than $1.3 million over the course of his career. “I got on my best waypoint and they were just loaded there. I caught them and caught them, and I was getting concerned because they were mostly 2- to 2 ½-pounders. Finally I caught one real big one, and another that was pretty big.”
That spot has been so hot for Nixon during the tournament that he nicknamed it “awesome” on his GPS. Nixon said his spot is hot early in the morning for about an hour and a half, as he had close to 20 pounds by 8 a.m.
Nixon said he fished the spot in about 15 ½ feet of water using a drop-shot rig by casting to the fish – a technique he referred to as “drag-shotting.” He said he switched up baits when the rig seemed to lose its effectiveness. Nixon remained tight-lipped as to what bait he switched to after the drop-shot rig. He also remained guarded about his chances of taking home the trophy at the end of the day Sunday.
“You just never know on Lake St. Clair,” Nixon said. “I’ve had them just completely disappear. Twenty (pounds) is realistic, but I’m going to need more than that to win.”
Day two leader Bill McDonald of Greenwood, Ind., advanced to the final round of 10 pros in the No. 2 spot with a three-day total of 15 bass weighing 64-2. McDonald caught the largest stringer of the tournament Friday – a 25-pound, 2-ounce sack.
“My game plan is staying the same,” McDonald said. “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. I’m going to go swing for the fence.”
McDonald said he and Nixon are fishing the same area and come to within 300 or 400 yards of each other during the course of competition.
Dave Hasty of Toledo, Ohio, won the co-angler division and $20,000 Saturday with a three-day total of 15 bass weighing 55 pounds, 2 ounces followed by Kenneth Taylor of Shelby Township, Mich., in second place with 14 bass weighing 54-7 worth $6,768.
Courtesy of FLW Outdoors.

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