CHRIS LANE WINS SOUTHERN OPEN

Posted by Z3 MEDIA STAFF on 01/21/2012
Story courtesy of B.A.S.S. Communications

Orlando, Fla. -- Chris Lane of Guntersville, Ala., made it look easy on Florida’s Harris Chain of Lakes in the kick-off event of the 2012 Bass Pro Shops Southern Open series. As the only angler to weigh in 20 or more pounds of bass each day on the way to his third B.A.S.S. win with a three-day total of 72-11 pounds. Clifford Pirch of Payson, Ariz., finished second with 58-1.

Citing the need to slow down and fish his areas thoroughly, Lane used a variety of baits to claim the title and a provisional berth in the 2013 Bassmaster Classic on Oklahoma’s Grand Lake o’ the Cherokees, Feb. 22-24. If Lane fishes the remaining two events in the Southern Open season, he’ll cement the spot in bass fishing’s greatest championship.

“I caught fish on several soft plastics, including 7-inch Gambler Sweebo worms, Gambler Cane Toads and the Gambler Big Easy, but I found my bass with a chartreuse Lucky Strike RC2 crankbait,” Lane said. “I used it as a search bait. When I found bass with it, I’d pick up the soft plastics and really work the area over.”

Despite having a five-pound lead going into the final round, Lane had a scare on Saturday morning. After catching a couple of small keepers, his co-angler caught two bass weighing a cumulative 15 pounds on consecutive casts.

“I was rattled,” Lane admitted, “but I knew what I had to do. I was making mistakes, and I needed to slow down.”

And he did. Lane’s next bass was his best of the day, a lunker that inhaled a Sweebo worm. When the day was over, his best five weighed 28-5, good enough for the Lucky Strike heavyweight of the tournament.

Day Three’s big bass belonged Keith Carson of Debary, Fla., and weighed 9-13.

 

Final Standings:

1 Chris Lane 5 20- 8 5 23-14 5 28- 5 15 72-11
2 Cliff Pirch 5 19-10 5 19-12 5 18-11 15 58- 1
3 Keith Carson 5 16-14 5 18- 6 5 20- 9 15 55-13
4 Kevin Hawk 5 13-15 5 20- 9 5 19- 2 15 53-10
5 Tim Frederick 5 28- 3 3 10- 8 3 9-15 11 48-10
6 Marcus Parker 5 15- 8 5 14- 2 5 18- 9 15 48- 3
7 Daniel Lanier 5 18-13 5 15- 0 4 11- 3 14 45- 0
8 Luke Gritter 5 16- 7 5 15- 5 5 13- 1 15 44-13
9 Will Evans 5 17- 3 3 19- 8 5 6- 8 13 43- 3
10 Robert Grosso 5 12- 0 5 19- 0 5 10-13 15 41-13