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JARED LINTNER LEADS DAY ONE AT TOLEDO BEND WITH 25-7

Posted by TEAM Z3 on 05/01/2014

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

Many, LA – After Thursday’s slugfest on Toledo Bend to open the fourth Elite Series tournament of the 2014 season, there’s little doubt that the 106 competitors descended on the 185,000 acre fishery located on the border between Texas and Louisiana at the perfect time.   

With near ideal conditions on Thursday, many of Toledo Bend’s largemouth bass were more than willing to take a boat ride.  102 of the 106 anglers competing this week crossed the weigh-in stage with a five bass limit.    

Leading the way was California’s Jared Lintner, who is off to the best start of his Elite Series career after posting finishes of 13th, 18th, and 12th to start the 2014 season.  With a limit weighing 25-7, Lintner opened up a lead of 7-ounces over his closest competitor and pulled to within 10 points of the Toyota Angler Of the Year lead.   

Georgia’s J Todd Tucker finished Thursday in 2nd place with an even 25-pounds.  Tucker said that he had a fast start to his morning, boxing all of his weight within the first hour of the morning.   

Rookie Of the Year leader, Jacob Powroznik, continued his strong season on Thursday with a limit weighing 24-14, and Chris Zaldain finished the day in 4th place with 22-6.  

2014 Bassmaster Classic champion Randy Howell rounded out the Top 5 with a limit weighing 22-4.  

Overall, 13 anglers cracked the 20-pound mark on Thursday and 49 anglers weighed-in at least 15-pounds.   81 anglers brought at least 12-0 to the scales.   

Toyota Angler Of the Year leader, Mark Davis, lost some ground to Jared Lintner on Thursday after weighing in a respectable limit worth 17-14 to finish the day in 26th place.  

Tournament: Bassmaster Elite Series (Stop #4)
Location: Toledo Bend – Many, Louisiana
Day One Leader: Jared Lintner (25-7)
50th Place: David Walker (14-15)
Total weight separating 1st from 12th Place:  4-15

1st Place: Jared Lintner (25-7)
Lintner on how his day on Toledo Bend unfolded:
“I caught them from one extreme to the other.  I caught them on 10-pound fluorocarbon and 80-pound braid.  I didn’t get very many bites with the braid, but they were good ones and I really got fortunate.  I fished through an area where I had a couple bites in practice with one decent one, and I caught some nice ones (today).

“I really don’t know what I’m going to start out doing (tomorrow), to be honest with you.  It happened for me between noon and 2:00.  Before that, I probably had about 12-pounds in the boat.”

Lintner on how his plans changed on Thursday:
“I had found some really nice ones on beds and I planned on trying to catch those fish.  They were gone.  I saw a couple new ones spawning today, but I didn’t catch any of them.  I’m leaning towards not chasing those (spawners) as much anymore, but I’m not going to rule anything out.”  

Lintner on the importance of timing:
“I think that I just happened upon the right area at the right time.  I think that these fish move in and out and around areas.  With the wind blowing as hard as it has been blowing, these fish haven’t been pressured because there were three and four foot waves blowing into the area for the last few days.  I just made the right moves at the right times today.”   

Lintner on continuing his hot streak on Toledo Bend after nearly a month between Elite Series tournaments:
“I thought about that (after Table Rock).  I was like, ‘Man, I don’t want to stop fishing right now.’  I went home and fished with my kids, so it was a great time and a lot of fun.”   

Lintner on why he’s comfortable fishing on Toledo Bend right now:
“With the water level up like it is right now, the lake sets up like a Clear Lake or California Delta fishery. The problem with me is that I get stubborn sometimes.  I really like having fun, and I really had fun out on the water today.  Even if they’re not biting, I’m still having fun because I know the potential here and I really like fishing shallow.”

2nd Place: J Todd Tucker (25-0)
Tucker on his fast start to the morning where he caught all of his weight in the first 45 minutes:
“I stopped on the right spot.  I actually stopped on my first spot this morning, and Timmy Horton had just set down on that spot.  I stopped, looked at him, and told myself that I wasn’t going to do it.  I took off and ran about 300 yards to my second spot, so he ended up doing me a favor.

“I had five or six waypoints out there where I’d caught some fish, and it just so happened that I stopped on the right one.  It was kind of chaotic this morning because they were biting one after another and they were all big. It was probably the fastest that I’ve ever caught that much weight before in my life.

“I actually had a limit for about 14-pounds and then I culled up from there.  I caught eight or nine fish during that 45 minute span.”  

Tucker on how his 25-pound effort surprised him:
“I haven’t been able to catch more than 12-pound since I’ve been here. I didn’t know that they were that big, because I found those fish late one afternoon (of practice) when it was almost dark.  There’s an early morning bite and a late afternoon bite.  When I found those fish, they were 2 to 2 ½-pounders.  I had no idea that there were 7-pounders out there.”   

Tucker on fishing around other competitors:
“I hope that these guys will give me some room tomorrow, because several guys saw me.  This lake is full of hydrilla and the grass that I’m fishing is different.  Once that morning bite goes away, it kind of dies.  I stayed for a long time and then I came back and checked it in the afternoon and didn’t catch anything.  I’m boat 90–something tomorrow, so that could kill me.  It just depends on how nice these guys are going to be, and I don’t think that they’ll be really nice. I guess we’ll see.”

3rd Place: Jacob Powroznik (24-14)
Powroznik on his overall day:
“There’s a shad spawn going on in the grass, and the fish would give themselves away during practice if you sat there long enough and saw them schooling.  I figured that I had a pretty good area, but the cold weather the last two nights has kind of killed it just a little bit.  It only lasts a couple of hours, thought.  After that, I went bed fishing and put my head down and went. There are a lot of big fish in here and you never know what cast you make will be a good one.”

Powroznik on the importance of the morning bite:
“It’s not really a small area, but you really have to find the bait. When those shad are spawning and you run into them, it’s good.  You really have to get on your trolling motor until you catch a couple and then you settle down.  Most of the shad spawn on shallow points with grass, and the shad are spawning at night and are still there for a couple hours each morning.”  

Powroznik on how many other anglers are running a similar pattern:
“There are a bunch of guys doing the same thing. This is the way that the tournament probably should have been won the last time that B.A.S.S. was here.  There are so many big fish in here that it just comes down to whether you catch a 3-pounder or a 7-pounder.  

“You have to find the fish, but getting the right bites is kind of a luck thing.  I got the right bites today.”  

Powroznik on the overall potential of the fishery over the remainder of the tournament:
“If it gets warm at night and stays warm, I think that there’s a possible 30-pound bag out there. If you run into the right school, you can catch fish on every single cast. There are a lot of fish that are moving out, and that’s going to make things better.”

DAY ONE STANDINGS

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