Powroznik throws KO punch on Toledo Bend – Bassmaster.com

Date:

 

Powroznik throws KO punch on Toledo Bend

Jacob Powroznik

Seigo Saito
Elite Series rookie Jacob Powroznik, who lead after Day 2 on Toledo Bend but lost the lead to Dean Rojas on Day 3, reclaimed the lead to win in part thanks to landing the biggest bass of the day, weighing 7-13.

MANY, La. — With a one-two, the rookie won.

Jacob Powroznik delivered that punch Sunday in the form of two good-sized bass in the last hours of competition of the four-day Evan Williams Bourbon Bassmaster Elite at Toledo Bend.

“I’m speechless. That doesn’t happen very often,” said Powroznik as he accepted his first Bassmaster Elite Series trophy after competing in only four events in his first year on the top-level tour — and on a fishery on which he had never before competed.

From Port Haywood, Va., Powroznik claimed the first-place prize of $100,000 and an instant-in for the 2015 Bassmaster Classic, his first world championship qualification.

“To get into the Classic feels like someone just gave me a million dollars,” said Powroznik after he stepped off the stage and got his voice back. “You don’t get many opportunities to win one of these events. It’s so hard to do. To do it my first year is a blessing.”

After leading on Friday, Powroznik was stumped in Saturday’s round by a disappearing shad spawn bite that had helped him considerably in the early morning hours of competition. Then he was smoked out of a promising spawning bass area by a controlled burn of Texas shoreline forest. Going into the Sunday finals, Powroznik had dropped more than 2 1/2 pounds behind the leader, two-time Bassmaster Toledo Bend champ Dean Rojas.

But Powroznik recovered nicely. In the final round, he decided to concentrate solely on bass on spawning beds. His strategy worked to the tune of 19-11, and a 79-12 tournament total.

Thanks to his two key keepers, he won by a margin of 2 pounds, 6 ounces over Chad Morgenthaler of Coulterville, Ill., who made a last-hour lunge at the trophy by producing 21-14, Sunday’s heaviest bag of bass. Rising from 10th place, Morgenthaler ended in the runner-up spot with a total of 77-6.

Click Here To Read More

Share post:

Popular

More like this
Related

Kenneth Moore and Joseph Eure Win CATT Tidewater Chowan River, NC May 27, 2023

I’m sure for the teams that made long runs...

Jonathan Dailey & Dylan Locklear Win CATT Lake Wateree, SC Open May 20, 2023

Next Lake Wateree Open is June 10th at Clearwater...

Walters Wins It All on Santee Cooper

South Carolina angler Patrick Walters wins stop number three...

Leveraging early action, Walton wins B.A.S.S. Nation Regional on Douglas

Kevin Walton of Norfolk, Va., has won the 2023...