As posted on FLW.com

When a fisherman brings in a bag better than his previous day’s weight, EverStart Tournament Director Ron Lappin often jokingly says “You got mad at them today.” By that standard, Snapple pro Jacob Powroznik, must have been furious on day three, as the angler from Prince George, Va., sacked up the heaviest catch of the tournament – a limit that went 23-1 and pushed Powroznik  surged from eighth place to third with a three-day total of 62-3.

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Powroznik placed 15th on day one with 18-12 and rose seven spots on day two with a limit of 20-6. He, too, fared best with a drop-shot, but it was some innovative thinking that enhanced his presentations.

“Up here (the locals) use these baits that are flat on the bottom,” Powroznik said. “The fish just wouldn’t bite my (Berkley goby) so I took a pair of scissors and cut it in half and it looked perfect. I used that until I ran out and then I just picked up a little Berkley worm and caught some. But I have to go to the tackle store and get some more Gulp because I’m out.”

Powroznik fished the river largely to avoid risking equipment damage prior to an FLW Tour event on the Detroit River following the 1000 Islands event. He said his St. Lawrence productivity was pleasantly surprising. “I didn’t think I could ever catch that in the river. I caught (almost) 21 pounds out there yesterday in 10 minutes. We took off this morning at 6:00 a.m. and at 6:23, I was culling 4-pounders.”