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JACOB POWROZNIK LEADS TOLEDO BEND AFTER DAY TWO

Posted by Z3 MEDIA STAFF on 05/02/2014

Story by Matt Pangrac - Photos by Dave Rush and Matt Pangrac

Many, LA - Friday’s second day of competition for the Bassmaster Elite Series on Toledo Bend was very similar to the opening round on Thursday, with the exception of several new competitors climbing into contention after crossing the stage with bulging bags of Toledo Bend largemouth.   

With only one prior visit to Toledo Bend in his life before this week’s tournament, Virginia’s Jacob Powroznik wasn’t on many pundits’ radar screens prior to the start of the event, despite the fact that he began the fourth regular season tournament leading the hotly contested Rookie Of the Year race.   

That all changed on Thursday when Powroznik turned in a 3rd place effort with a limit weighing 24-14.  On Friday, he picked up right where he left off, boxing another quality limit weighing 23-6 to jump into the tournament lead with a total weight of 48-4.

While Powroznik’s tournament leading effort may be surprising to those unfamiliar with his stellar tournament statistics over the past six years on the FLW Tour that includes four AOY finishes inside the Top 10, few were surprised when Dean Rojas came to the scales with a limit weighing 24-15.  

With two prior B.A.S.S victories on Toledo Bend, the last coming on the Elite Series during the 2011 season, Rojas will enter the weekend looking for his third victory on Toledo Bend with a total weight of 44-13, less than 4-pounds behind Powroznik.      

3rd place on Friday belonged to Elite Series “rookie” Chad Morgenthaler.  Entering the day in 19th place after weighing 18-15 on Thursday, Morgenthaler’s 24-13 limit on Friday was just 2-ounces less than Rojas’ for the heaviest sack of the day.  

Day One leader, Jared Lintner, was unable to connect with the quality bite on Friday and fell to 4th place with a limit weighing a respectable 16-13 to boost his two-day total weight to 42-4, and California’s Skeet Reese made waves on Friday by jumping into 5th place with a total weight of 41-5.  

Mark Davis regained the majority of the points that he surrendered to Lintner on Thursday, moving up to 8th place on Friday with a 22-9 limit bringing his total weight to 40-7.  Davis will enter the weekend with 388 AOY points – 31 more than Lintner.   

Even though it’s just the fourth tournament of the season, the weekend outcome could prove critical in the race for the 2014 Toyota Angler Of the Year title.  Heading into Saturday, The top six anglers in the TAOY standings are all inside the top eight in the tournament standings on Toledo Bend.

Tournament: Bassmaster Elite Series (Stop #4)
Location: Toledo Bend – Many, Louisiana
Day Two Leader: Jacob Powroznik (24-14, 23-6: 48-4)
50th Place: Kelly Jordon (28-14)
Total weight separating 1st from 12th Place:  11-3

1st Place: Jacob Powroznik (24-14, 23-6: 48-4)
Powroznik on the stability of his early morning pattern:
“This morning, I started in the same area where I caught the two big ones yesterday and I ended up catching a 5-pounder right off the bat on my second cast.  My confidence was really high, but I need some wind early in the morning for my pattern to really last long enough to get five bites doing it.”

Powroznik on how the rest of his day played out:
“When it got slick and sunny, I went sight fishing because that’s what I love to do.  I went sight fishing for an hour-and-a-half and that’s all it took to fill out my limit with five big ones.  It’s not very easy to find the fish, but if you put your head down and you do it, you’ll run across a few fish between four- and 6-pounds that are going to really help. I really like it.”

Powroznik on being able to fish his strengths this week:
“I love fishing offshore, I like fishing grass, and I really like sight fishing.  All three of those things are happening this week.  There’s still a lot of fishing left, so all I can do is go out there and try to get them.”  

Powroznik on his confidence level over the remainder of the tournament:
“I’m confident that I’m around the right fish, but there’s no way to know if they’ll bite for me tomorrow.  Sight fishing, if I go down the bank and I see one, it’s pretty much plucked.  The fish are really aggressive and it doesn’t take very long to catch them.”

Powroznik on leading the Rookie Of the Year race and moving into 4th place in the Angler Of the Year race on Friday:
“It’s always in my head, but there’s still a lot of fishing left this week.  In the past years (on the FLW Tour), I haven’t really worried about it until the year is over and everything is all said and done.  If you start worrying about it and getting nervous, it really affects the way that you fish. You’re only fishing against the fish and there’s nothing that you can do about what the other guys are going to do.”

Powroznik on the “fun factor” of fishing Toledo Bend:
“Today I was actually a little nervous at first until I got to my stuff and things got rolling, but overall this is a really fun lake to fish.”

2nd Place: Dean Rojas (19-14, 24-15: 44-13)
Rojas on the differences between Thursday and Friday:
“Things just went my way today, and I caught some fish that I didn’t plan on catching at all.  I had a magical day today.  When I got bit, it was a big one.  I was moving around and things didn’t happen the way that I had planned.  For whatever reason, the big fish bit for me today.”

Rojas on how his day played out:
"I’m just fishing and doing what I know how to do best.  After yesterday, I really didn’t think much of it.  All I did was go out and fish the moment.  I caught a big one late in the day that was probably a 5- or 6-pounder, and I probably had eight or nine keepers over the course of the day.  The fish could have been (spawning), but I think that they were postspawn.  All I know is that the fish were there and I caught them.

“The one thing about this place is that I have a lot of experience on it and I know that I can’t win from one area, so I have to have multiple areas.  Right now the conditions are changing and it’s getting warmer and warmer.  I think that could play into my hands if things continue to roll like they are.  All I need to keep doing is moving and shaking.”

Rojas on the differences between 2011 when he won on Toledo Bend and now:
“It’s completely different.  The water is about 6 feet higher now and there’s a ton of flooded vegetation all over the shoreline.  I’ve really had to adapt.  There are some areas that are similar but everything else is different.

“There’s actually too much stuff in the water and it makes it difficult to fish because there’s so much stuff to fish.  I’m catching fish by just fishing and by targeting beds.  I’d say that it was a 50/50 mix between the two.  I’m covering large areas trying to find the right fish to set up on, but I’m catching them by just fishing.”  

Rojas on the number of baits he had on the front deck on Friday:
“10 to 12. I’m changing everything every day.  It’s just wide open because I have different baits for grass, rocks, docks and every type of structure.  I’m still just searching and I have nothing to go to tomorrow.  I could very easily catch 10-pounds.  I don’t want to, and I don’t plan on it happening, but it could happen.”

3rd Place: Chad Morgenthaler (18-15, 24-13: 43-12)
Morgenthaler on catching the majority of his weight in a short period of time:
“Yesterday, I caught a 7, 4, and 3 ½-pounder in the span of about 10 minutes.  Today, the same exact thing happened in a 45 minute time period. I caught an 8, 5, and 4-pounder and it happened at the same time of the day and within 100 yards from where it happened (yesterday). Around 10:45 to 11:30 is the magical time frame, but I can’t put my finger on why.  I thought that I was fishing for spawning fish that I couldn’t see, but I don’t think that’s the case now.  

“I just grinded the rest of the day.  Luckily, I changed water and caught another big one before I came in. I tried to do the same thing a couple of other times today and it just didn’t work.”

Morgenthaler on his primary pattern:
“I have one particular bait and pattern that I’m weighing-in all my fish on.  I’ve tried other baits and patterns and I’ve caught fish, but I’ve ended up culling all of those fish out.”

Morgenthaler on his strategy heading into the weekend:
“This has gotten me into trouble before, but tomorrow I’m going to run the bait all day long.  I may weigh-in nothing or I may weigh in 30 (pounds).  I’m willing to take that chance to give myself a chance to win.  I don’t just want to make the Top 12 cut – I want a shot at winning it when I get there.”

Morgenthaler on the momentum he is experiencing this year after moving to the Elite Series:
“I haven’t told anyone else this other than my wife, but when I qualified for the Elites, I was really concerned because this is some stiff competition out here.  I didn’t know if I could cut it because I didn’t light the FLW Tour on fire by any means.  I just fish better over here and I grabbed the momentum from my win over at Okeechobee (in the Wild Card tournament).   

“I’m a shallow water power fisherman for the most part, and the year has really set up well for me so far.  Things are just working out right now and I don’t know how else to put it.  I’ve been blessed to get the right bites and put them in the boat.” 

 

DAY TWO STANDINGS

PlacePRO ANGLER
Day 1Day 2Total FishTotal Weight
FishWeightFishWeight
1 Jacob Powroznik 5 24-14 5 23- 6 10 48- 4
2 Dean Rojas 5 19-14 5 24-15 10 44-13
3 Chad Morgenthaler 5 18-15 5 24-13 10 43-12
4 Jared Lintner 5 25- 7 5 16-13 10 42- 4
5 Skeet Reese 5 17- 7 5 23-14 10 41- 5
6 Randall Tharp 5 16- 5 5 24-13 10 41- 2
7 Todd Faircloth 5 21-14 5 18-13 10 40-11
8 Mark Davis 5 17-14 5 22- 9 10 40- 7
9 Rick Clunn 5 22- 2 5 18- 5 10 40- 7
10 Chris Zaldain 5 22- 6 5 15-15 10 38- 5
11 Randy Howell 5 22- 4 5 14-15 10 37- 3
12 Casey Ashley 5 15- 6 5 21-11 10 37- 1
13 Cliff Pirch 5 20-13 5 15-14 10 36-11
14 Cliff Crochet 5 21-10 5 13-15 10 35- 9
15 Bobby Lane 5 21- 5 5 13-13 10 35- 2
16 Hank Cherry 5 15- 7 5 19- 8 10 34-15
17 Mike Kernan 5 22- 1 5 12-13 10 34-14
18 Brandon Lester 5 14- 7 5 20- 5 10 34-12
19 Kelley Jaye 5 18- 0 5 16- 5 10 34- 5
20 Brett Hite 5 17- 9 5 16- 9 10 34- 2
21 Chad Pipkens 5 20- 8 5 13- 9 10 34- 1
22 Jonathon VanDam 5 14- 7 5 19-10 10 34- 1
23 Russ Lane 5 19- 4 5 14- 5 10 33- 9
24 Alton Jones 5 19- 3 5 14- 6 10 33- 9
25 Josh Bertrand 5 18- 0 5 15- 8 10 33- 8
26 Brent Chapman 5 16- 6 5 16-12 10 33- 2
27 J Todd Tucker 5 25- 0 4 7-11 9 32-11
28 James Niggemeyer 5 20- 5 5 11- 2 10 31- 7
29 Brandon Palaniuk 5 9-13 5 21- 8 10 31- 5
30 Kevin VanDam 5 17- 5 5 13-13 10 31- 2
31 Mike McClelland 5 16- 1 5 14-14 10 30-15
32 Nate Wellman 5 15-12 5 15- 3 10 30-15
33 Gerald Swindle 5 12- 6 5 18- 8 10 30-14
34 Matthew Herren 5 17- 3 5 13- 9 10 30-12
35 Keith Combs 5 13- 4 5 17- 7 10 30-11
36 Kotaro Kiriyama 5 13- 7 5 17- 0 10 30- 7
37 Morizo Shimizu 5 16-12 5 13-11 10 30- 7
38 Marty Robinson 5 13-12 5 16-10 10 30- 6
39 David Mullins 5 14- 9 5 15-13 10 30- 6
40 Stephen Browning 5 16-14 5 13- 7 10 30- 5
41 Greg Vinson 5 18- 1 5 12- 3 10 30- 4
42 Greg Hackney 5 17- 5 5 12-15 10 30- 4
43 Keith Poche 5 18-14 5 11- 4 10 30- 2
44 Stephen Kennedy 5 16-14 5 13- 2 10 30- 0
45 Glenn Browne 5 16- 0 5 13-15 10 29-15
46 Scott Rook 5 15- 9 5 14- 5 10 29-14
47 Terry Scroggins 5 12-13 5 16-14 10 29-11
48 Chris Lane 5 13-14 5 15-10 10 29- 8
49 Brian Snowden 5 15- 1 5 14- 2 10 29- 3
50 Kelly Jordon 5 15- 6 5 13- 8 10 28-14
51 Shaw Grigsby 5 12- 3 5 16- 9 10 28-12
52 John Crews 5 14-13 5 13- 9 10 28- 6
53 Aaron Martens 5 15-15 5 12- 6 10 28- 5
54 Brandon Card 5 18- 4 5 10- 0 10 28- 4
55 Fletcher Shryock 5 19-13 5 8- 6 10 28- 3
56 Britt Myers 5 18- 5 5 9-13 10 28- 2
57 Fred Roumbanis 5 14- 3 5 13-14 10 28- 1
58 Bill Lowen 5 14- 4 5 13-11 10 27-15
59 Jason Williamson 5 12-15 5 14-15 10 27-14
60 John Murray 5 13-10 5 14- 4 10 27-14
61 Billy McCaghren 5 13-13 5 14- 1 10 27-14
62 James Elam 5 14-14 5 12-14 10 27-12
63 Tim Horton 5 15- 9 5 11-15 10 27- 8
64 David Walker 5 14-15 5 12- 9 10 27- 8
65 Tracy Adams 5 15- 7 5 12- 0 10 27- 7
66 Jeff Kriet 5 11-13 5 15- 2 10 26-15
67 Gary Klein 5 13-15 5 13- 0 10 26-15
68 Edwin Evers 5 11-12 5 14-15 10 26-11
69 Jason Christie 4 9-14 5 16- 9 9 26- 7
70 Pete Ponds 5 13- 7 5 12-15 10 26- 6
71 Takahiro Omori 5 19- 1 4 6-11 9 25-12
72 Yusuke Miyazaki 5 12- 9 5 13- 3 10 25-12
73 Paul Elias 5 12- 0 5 13- 4 10 25- 4
74 Kenneth "Boo" Woods 5 13- 8 5 11- 2 10 24-10
75 Derek Remitz 5 12- 9 5 11-14 10 24- 7
76 Kenyon Hill 5 14- 1 5 10- 5 10 24- 6
77 Tommy Biffle 5 10-13 5 13- 8 10 24- 5
78 Davy Hite 5 11- 2 5 13- 3 10 24- 5
79 Justin Lucas 5 14- 7 5 9-13 10 24- 4
80 Jared Miller 5 13- 5 5 10-14 10 24- 3
81 Ott DeFoe 5 12-12 5 11- 6 10 24- 2
82 Jamie Horton 5 13- 2 5 10-14 10 24- 0
83 Michael Simonton 5 10- 9 5 13- 5 10 23-14
84 Cliff Prince 5 12-13 5 11- 0 10 23-13
85 Jeremy Starks 5 9-12 5 14- 0 10 23-12
86 Trevor Romans 5 10- 6 5 12-12 10 23- 2
87 Zell Rowland 5 13-11 5 9- 6 10 23- 1
88 Kurt Dove 5 10- 5 5 12-12 10 23- 1
89 Bernie Schultz 5 11-14 5 10-15 10 22-13
90 Matt Reed 5 12-10 5 10- 2 10 22-12
91 Boyd Duckett 5 11- 8 5 11- 4 10 22-12
92 Dennis Tietje 5 11-14 5 10- 6 10 22- 4
93 Kevin Hawk 5 11- 6 5 10- 7 10 21-13
94 Ish Monroe 5 10-13 5 10-12 10 21- 9
95 Bradley Roy 5 16- 6 3 5- 0 8 21- 6
96 Grant Goldbeck 5 16-11 2 4- 9 7 21- 4
97 Casey Scanlon 5 11- 6 5 9- 9 10 20-15
98 Scott Ashmore 5 7-14 5 11-11 10 19- 9
99 Charlie Hartley 5 8-14 5 10- 9 10 19- 7
100 Michael Iaconelli 5 8-13 5 9-12 10 18- 9
101 Andy Montgomery 5 11- 1 4 6- 9 9 17-10
102 David Smith 3 5- 8 5 11- 8 8 17- 0
103 Byron Velvick 3 9-13 4 6-12 7 16- 9
104 Joseph Sancho 5 11- 0 3 4-10 8 15-10
105 Rick Morris 5 10- 7 2 4-12 7 15- 3
106 Joel Baker 4 6- 2 2 2- 9 6 8-11
107 Byron Haseotes 0 0- 0     0 0- 0
107 Kevin Short 0 0- 0     0 0- 0