Mississippis Elias Shatters BASS Record with More Than 130 Pounds in Bassmaster Elite Series Win at Falcon Lake
4/6/08 ZAPATA, Texas Demolishing the four-day BASS heavyweight catch record, Paul Elias of Laurel, Miss., scored his sixth BASS victory Sunday in come-from-behind fashion at the Bassmaster Elite Series Lone Star Shootout presented by Longhorn on Falcon Lake. Elias edged his nearest competitor, Terry Scroggins of Palatka, Fla., by just 4 ounces.When the scales stopped Paul’s 4-day total weight was an astonishing 132 pounds 8 ounces for 20 bass—just over a 6-½ pound average per fish.With the win Elias pocketed a cool $100,000 and his first Bassmaster Elite Series victory.
Aided by a 37-pound, 11-ounce Sunday catch, Elias jumped from fifth to first. His four-day total of 132 pounds, 8 ounces, overtakes the previous record of 122 pounds, 14 ounces, set in 2007 by Alabamas Steve Kennedy on Californias Clear Lake. In fact, the top six anglers topped Kennedys record, a record that many thought would never be broken.
With the victory, Elias takes the $100,000 top prize and jumps to 30th place in the Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Angler of the Year standings, the season-long points race that boasts a $250,000 top prize and determines the brunt of the 2009 Bassmaster Classic qualifiers.
It was just one of those days, Elias said through tears. I was struggling early and found a way to entice those bigger bass around 1:30.
Primarily working a deep-diving crankbait in the first three days of competition, Elias, the 1982 Bassmaster Classic champion, mixed in a Manns worm during the final day. Elias, Mann’s Bait pro staff member since 1986, is best known as a deep-structure crankbaiting specialist. True to form, he caught the majority of his key fish on a Mann’s 20+ crankbait and back-up Carolina-rigged 12-inch watermelon-red Jelly Worm.
Sunday, Elias knew he was on the right fish, but he didnt identify the correct technique until later in the day. Switching up his presentation method, Elias threw from shallow to deeper water and was able to upgrade his weight in the final hours of competition.
It just seems like everything is coming together lately. I had the best day on the water that I’ve had in 32 years of tournament fishing,” said the 56-year-old, Laurel, Miss., resident. “‘Ol Homer’, my nickname for the 20+ that I used is actually a color (chartreuse with green tiger stripes) that Mann’s custom painted for me in the late 80’s. This particular color has never been a regular item or appeared in Mann’s catalogs, but it has always been one of my go-to baits for big fish.
Mann’s Bait Company, a world leader in the manufacture of artificial lures, produces a broad range of fish catching products for both fresh and saltwater markets, consisting of spinnerbaits, crankbaits, soft plastics, lead lures and hollow body baits.
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