DAYTON, Tenn. – Almost as soon as he drove away from Raleigh, N.C. – a Bass Pro Tour trophy riding shotgun in his Toyota Tundra – MLF pro Jacob Powroznik was already talking about how much he likes to fish Lake Chickamauga. The Virginia pro, who won Stage Three in Raleigh just two weeks ago, has competed on this impoundment of the Tennessee River multiple times and identifies it as one of his favorite fisheries.
In Saturday’s Knockout Round of the Econo Lodge Stage Four presented by Winn Grips, Powroznik showed why. After hovering around the middle of the Top 10 for the majority of the first two periods, Powroznik connected with 10 fish for 20-15 in the final period to finish first in the round with 67-14 on the day.
“I love throwing a wacky worm, I love bed fishing, I love fishing while they’re spawning, and that’s what’s going on here right now,” said Powroznik. “It would be hard for me to win a five-fish event doing what I’m doing right now, but in our format, you get to go out and catch as many bass as you possibly can. That suits my style of fishing right now. I’ve seen some big ones – they’re just ‘cranky’ right now – but those 2- to 3-pounders are biting really good right now, and I’m just fine with that.”
Powroznik will be joined in Sunday’s Championship Round by: Todd Faircloth (63-12), Mike Iaconelli (59-8), Brandon Palaniuk (56-15), Andy Morgan (56-3), Luke Clausen (53-10), Keith Poche (52-3), Edwin Evers (50-15) and Michael Neal (49-11).