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Donny and Colby Beck Claim Victory at Pickwick

By: Frank Evans
07/28/11, Florence, AL… The annual FOM Legacy Series National Championship came to a close today, as the Alabama Northwest father-son team of Donny and Colby Beck hauled in another good bag of fish to claim the title of 2012 FOM Legacy Series National Champions, along with a brand new Skeeter FX-190, powered by a Yamaha, 150hp, VMAX, in a total package worth more than $31,000.00.

Donny and Colby locked through to Wilson each day and worked Strike King, 5XD, Sexy Shad, and Blue/Char crankbaits in and among the large rocks below Wheeler Dam for about 3 hours, then, would finish up the day back down on Pickwick near Wilson Dam using the same tactics. Colby and Donny each contributed to their Day 1 catch of 21.19 lbs and Day 2 limit, weighing 16.98, for a 2-day total of 38.17 lbs. However, 12 year-old Colby stated that it was his 4.33 lbs smallmouth that anchored the win for them late today. We congratulate them for their tenacious desire and steadfast will in bringing home the win.

Randy HaynesDay 2 - 02nd Place - 38.06 lbs - Bt.37 - TN-W - Randy Haynes and Wesley Anderson

Just 0.11 lbs back and capturing 2nd place with 38.06 lbs, Tennessee West teammates, Randy Haynes and Wesley Anderson probed deep ledges along the main channel near Bear Creek with watermelon/red Strike King, Rage Tail, Thumper Worms on shaky head jigs and Strike King 6XD, Sexy Shad, deep divers to net 18.11 and 19.98 respectively.

Third place finishers Danny and Brayden Montgomery, TN-W, boated 17.33 lbs on Day 1 and 17.82 lbs today for a tournament total of 35.15. Their impressive limits came out of 15 feet of water where an underwater spring flowed upwards into the lake near the Natchez Trace Parkway Bridge. Strike King, 6-inch, green-pumpkin worms on quarter-ounce shaky heads and Zoom ole’ Monster worms were the ticket for Brayden and Danny’s success, as they netted a 6.62 lbs, $500.00, Day 1, “1st Big Fish” and a $300.00, 6.04 lbs, “2nd Big Fish”, today. The trophy fish inhaled peanut-butter-colored, Strike King, half-ounce jigs tipped with a SK chunks that came in a tackle pack from the pre-tournament meeting.

Alabama Northwest competitors, Greg Buie and Sam George surged all the way from 12th place to finish fourth overall, with 32.52 lbs. Greg and Sam locked through to Wilson each day for a few hours of fishing, where they dredged the bottom with Strike King, blue/char, 5XD crankbaits in and around large boulders along current break lines, then, would finish their tournament time below Wilson in Pickwick’s headwaters using the same pattern. Sam and Greg boated 15.49 on Day 1 and 17.03 today, also receiving an extra $500.00 for today’s 6.29 lbs, “1st Big Fish”.

Tennessee West eighteen year olds, Michael Jones and Drew Bishop, soared all the way up from Day One’s 24th place to take the fifth slot with 32.31 lbs. Michael and Drew fished both days along main channel ledges near the Mississippi and Alabama state line with natural-colored, Zoom, Fat Albert Twin Tails, on 3/4 oz., Strike King, Football head jigs. Michael wanted to credit their “Hammer Rods” for heaving their brutes from the deep water.

With the blistering heat, Day 2 saw the catch down a bit, as 438 bass, weighing 934.50 lbs were brought in, which included 67, 5-fish limits. Throughout two days of competition, 1011 bass crossed the scales, weighing in at 2168.88 lbs.

With nearly $65,000.00 in cash and prizes awarded, this year’s championship has been a great success. We want to thank Strike King Lure Company, as the Legacy Series Presenting Sponsor, event hosts, Debbie Wilson, Suzie Shoemaker, and the Florence/Lauderdale Tourism Commission, along with Whole Hog Catering, and the Florence City Park Police.

We would also like to take this opportunity to thank all the fine companies that make Fishers of Men possible: Skeeter Boats, Yamaha Outboards, Pflueger Fishing, Stren, Markel American Insurance Company, Nestor Hosiery, Strike King Lure Company (the Legacy Series Presenting Sponsor), Power Pole, Marshall’s Marine, Helly Hansen Outdoor Gear/Sporting Goods, Keelshield, Buckeye Lures, Jacobs Glass, Solar Bat, Duckett Fishing, Berkley Fishing Products, Outdoor Specialty Products (Rejuvenade "Next Generation"®), Abu Garcia, Markel American Insurance, Nester Hosiery, Power Pole, Marshall’s Marine of Lake City SC, Keelshield, and Gary Yamamoto Custom Baits.

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