As posted on FLW.com
Each of the last two days, Duracell/Gillette pro Jacob Powroznik covered so much water in search of spawning bass that his trolling-motor batteries died. It was a pattern he committed to from the start, and instead of focusing on open areas, he pushed his boat back into thick reeds and hydrilla. He focused his efforts on the north end of the lake, up around Horse Island.
On day four the Prince George, Va., native caught a limit worth 18 pounds, 2 ounces – by far his lightest sack of the week. His lone kicker Sunday weighed 7 pounds, 13 ounces and fell to a Gambler Big EZ swimbait. Powroznik’s four-day cumulative weight registered 95 pounds even, good enough for fifth place and $20,000.
“I caught 95 percent of my fish this week on a new Attraxx bait I designed called the Jacobug,” said Powroznik. “The best color was watermelon-red, but I also used white.
“Today might have been a different story if the weather had been different. The clouds and wind made it much harder to sight-fish. Where I was fishing, there was 4 feet of water. They were spawning underneath the hydrilla, and you had to look under there, which was tough without the sun.”