Brandon Dillard of Grapevine, Texas,is leading after Day 1 of the Basspro.com Bassmaster Central Open at Lewisville Lake with 24 pounds, 9 ounces.

Photo by James Overstreet/B.A.S.S.

November 19, 2020

Big Bite Anchors Dillard’s Day 1 Bag At Bassmaster Central Open On Lewisville
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LEWISVILLE, Texas — Abundant options nearly overwhelmed Brandon Dillard, but a moment of inspiring clarity set him on a course that led him to a 24-pound, 9-ounce limit that topped Day 1 of the Basspro.com Bassmaster Central Open on Lewisville Lake.

Hailing from Grapevine, Texas, the Lewisville guide said mentally sorting through his vast local knowledge nearly kept him up all night before the opening round. Rising with only an hour of sleep was less than ideal, but an early text from his mother, who was recently diagnosed with cancer, provided a calming influence.

“She said, ‘Just have fun and go fishing,’ and that’s what I did,” Dillard said. “I had my weight by noon and then I stopped fishing. My main thing today was to just stay calm, have fun and not put a lot of pressure on myself.”

Anchoring his bag with an 8-11, Dillard said versatility was essential to his success.

“I fished from 1 foot to 17 feet; I caught shallow fish and deep fish,” Dillard said. “I have 175 brushpiles (marked on Lewisville), so I’m hitting some brushpiles and I’m hitting some rock.”

Sky conditions guided the timing of Dillard’s various targets. The morning saw cloudy skies yielding to bright blue skies by midday. Knowing the fish would reposition with the day’s developing complexion, Dillard adjusted accordingly.

“I’m hitting the shallow stuff early — what’s left of the buckbrush,” he said. “Most of the buckbrush is out of play this time of year, so anywhere you can find some kind of shallow cover like laydowns or stumps early, it’s good.

“When it turned sunny, I transitioned out to deeper (brushpiles), but I stayed shallow while we had the cloud cover and the wind.”

Keeping it textbook, Dillard hit his shallow spots with reaction baits and then switched to slower presentations once he moved deep. His biggest fish, which came off a deep brushpile, required some extra attention, but Dillard’s experience ensured the trophy bass’s safe release.

“When it bit, it felt like a perch and when I swung on it, she came right to the boat with her mouth open the whole time,” Dillard said. “I had to fizz her and I was having trouble getting her to fizz (release excess air from the swim bladder), so I spent about an hour doing that. I wound up getting her stabilized, so she made it.”

Dillard said he plans to repeat his game plan tomorrow. Knowing the lake intimately, he knows he has his work cut out for him.

“This lake can be great one day and a real struggle the next,” he said. “So, I’m going to do the same thing; I’m going to have fun and give it all I’ve got. I’ll fish the same patterns, but I’ll fish some new water tomorrow.”

Tommy Williams of Shepherdsville, Ky., is in second place with 18-8. His day started early and he had his weight by 9 a.m. After that, he simply guarded his area for Day 2.

Williams caught his fish out of shallow wood targets in pockets where wind had blown baitfish against the shoreline. Finding particular areas where he could leverage a wind break enabled him to effectively work his spots.

“I was fishing a creature bait dead slow — almost deadsticking the bait,” Williams said. “Also, very precise flips were important. You had to really fish for them.”
Greg Hackney of Gonzalez, La., is in third place with 17-1. In his first visit to Lewisville, Hackney reported fishing a mid-depth range and targeting a particular habitat feature with slow presentations. Covering a lot of water and eliminating the unproductive areas was central to his strategy.

“It’s painstakingly slow; you don’t get very many bites,” Hackney said. “I had a handful of bites in practice and I’m just running my practice, but there’s a lot of dead water for me. I just caught my fish out of a few key places.”

Dillard is in the lead for Phoenix Boats Big Bass honors with his 8-11.

Jeff Arnold of Lewisville, Texas, holds the overall lead in the co-angler division with 9-8. Brian Hamaker of Huntsville, Ala., holds the Phoenix Boats Big Bass lead among co-anglers with a 5-12.

Hackney leads the Basspro.com Bassmaster Central Open standings with 718 points, followed by Jason Christie with 717. Kenta Kimura is third with 717, Darold Gleason is fourth with 697 and Marc Frazier is fifth with 696.

Christie leads the Falcon Rods Bassmaster Opens Angler of the Year standings with 1,177 points.

Friday’s takeoff is scheduled for 7 a.m. CT from Lewisville Lake Park. The weigh-in will be held at the park at 3 p.m. After Friday’s weigh-in, the Top 12 anglers will advance to Championship Saturday.

The tournament is being hosted by the Lewisville Convention & Visitors Bureau.

2020 Basspro.com Bassmaster Central Open at Lewisville Lake 11/19-11/21
Lewisville Lake, Lewisville  TX.
(BOATER) Standings Day 1

   Angler                   Hometown              No./lbs-oz  Pts   Total $$$

1.  Brandon Dillard        Grapevine, TX            5  24-09  200
Day 1: 5   24-09
2.  Tommy Williams         Shepherdsville, KY       5  18-08  199
Day 1: 5   18-08
3.  Greg Hackney           Gonzales, LA             5  17-01  198
Day 1: 5   17-01
4.  Drew Sloan             Scurry, TX               4  15-09  197
Day 1: 4   15-09
5.  Trey Swindle           Cleveland, AL            5  15-06  196
Day 1: 5   15-06
6.  Terry Peacock          Royse City, TX           5  14-07  195
Day 1: 5   14-07
7.  Spike Stoker           Stephenville, TX         5  14-06  194
Day 1: 5   14-06
8.  Terry Bollom           Frisco, TX               5  14-02  193
Day 1: 5   14-02
9.  KJ Queen               Catawba, NC              4  13-03  192
Day 1: 4   13-03
10. Lance Crawford         Broken Bow, OK           5  13-02  191
Day 1: 5   13-02
11. Kenta Kimura           Osaka JAPAN              5  12-12  190
Day 1: 5   12-12
12. Brian Clark            Haltom City, TX          4  12-12  189
Day 1: 4   12-12
13. Keith Poche            Pike Road, AL            5  12-08  188
Day 1: 5   12-08
14. Joey Nania             Cropwell, AL             3  12-08  187
Day 1: 3   12-08
15. Robert Parkison        Marshall, TX             4  12-06  186
Day 1: 4   12-06
16. Matthew Nobile         Sorrento, LA             5  12-03  185
Day 1: 5   12-03
17. Keith Combs            Huntington, TX           4  12-02  184
Day 1: 4   12-02
18. Billy Cline            Argyle, TX               5  12-01  183
Day 1: 5   12-01
19. Scott Pellegrin        Chippewa Falls, WI       4  11-15  182
Day 1: 4   11-15
20. Chandler Stewart       Waco, TX                 3  11-13  181
Day 1: 3   11-13
21. Justin Prisock         Robinson, TX             5  11-07  180
Day 1: 5   11-07
22. Chris Jones            Bokoshe, OK              4  11-06  179
Day 1: 4   11-06
23. Jeff Lugar             Princeton, TX            4  11-05  178
Day 1: 4   11-05
24. Shawn Temple           Krugerville, TX          5  11-04  177
Day 1: 5   11-04
25. James Stricklin        Fort Smith, AR           4  11-01  176
Day 1: 4   11-01
26. Brian Latimer          Belton, SC               5  11-00  175
Day 1: 5   11-00
27. Billy Billeaud         Lafayette, LA            5  10-15  174
Day 1: 5   10-15
28. David Gillham          Heath, TX                4  10-12  173
Day 1: 4   10-12
28. Joel Willert           Prior Lake, MN           4  10-12  173
Day 1: 4   10-12
30. Cody Ryan Greaney      Manchaca, TX             4  10-08  171
Day 1: 4   10-08
31. Jason Christie         Park Hill, OK            5  09-15  170
Day 1: 5   09-15
32. Luke Plunkett          Pinson, AL               4  09-14  169
Day 1: 4   09-14
33. Blake Whatley          Harleton, TX             5  09-13  168
Day 1: 5   09-13
34. Wes Nofire             Tahlequah, OK            3  09-04  167
Day 1: 3   09-04
35. Garrett Rose           Pipecreek, TX            3  08-11  166
Day 1: 3   08-11
36. Dakota Ebare           Dehnam Springs, LA       4  08-10  165
Day 1: 4   08-10
36. Jed Holt               Livingston, TX           4  08-10  165
Day 1: 4   08-10
38. Marc Frazier           Newnan, GA               3  08-02  163
Day 1: 3   08-02
39. Shaun Haag             Montgomery, TX           3  08-00  162
Day 1: 3   08-00
40. Austin Cranford        Norman, OK               3  07-14  161
Day 1: 3   07-14
41. Caleb Gibson           Locust Grove, OK         3  07-13  160
Day 1: 3   07-13
42. Shonn Goodwin          Moore, OK                3  07-12  159
Day 1: 3   07-12
43. Cody Morrison          Collinsville, TX         3  07-11  158
Day 1: 3   07-11
44. Darold Gleason         Many, LA                 3  07-10  157
Day 1: 3   07-10
45. John Hunter Jr         Shelbyville, KY          2  07-08  156
Day 1: 2   07-08
46. James Biggs            Euless, TX               3  07-04  155
Day 1: 3   07-04
46. Kazuki Kitajima        Corinth, TX              3  07-04  155
Day 1: 3   07-04
48. Spencer Lambert        West Monroe, LA          2  07-04  153
Day 1: 2   07-04
49. Greg Yates             Oak Point, TX            4  07-03  152
Day 1: 4   07-03
50. Jake Boomer            Spokane Valley, WA       4  07-01  151
Day 1: 4   07-01
51. Branden Hollingshead   Azle, TX                 2  07-00  150
Day 1: 2   07-00
52. Marc Schilling         Shady Shores, TX         3  06-15  149
Day 1: 3   06-15
53. Logan Latuso           Gonzales, LA             3  06-13  148
Day 1: 3   06-13
54. Masayuki Matsushita    Tokoname-Shi JAPAN       2  06-13  147
Day 1: 2   06-13
55. Kenny Mittelstaedt     Minnetonka, MN           4  06-12  146
Day 1: 4   06-12
56. Bryan New              Belmont, NC              3  06-10  145
Day 1: 3   06-10
57. Mark Watson            Midlothian, TX           2  06-10  144
Day 1: 2   06-10
58. Floyd Teat             Valley Mills, TX         3  06-08  143
Day 1: 3   06-08
59. Brad Shuflin           Windsor, CO              1  06-07  142
Day 1: 1   06-07
60. Kyle Dorsett           Odenville, AL            3  06-04  141
Day 1: 3   06-04
61. Bradley Hallman        Norman, OK               3  06-03  140
Day 1: 3   06-03
62. Ken Iyobe              Tokoname, Aichi JAPAN    3  05-15  139
Day 1: 3   05-15
63. Kevin Ledoux           Choctaw, OK              3  05-12  138
Day 1: 3   05-12
64. Hunter Denmark         Saraland, AL             2  05-11  137
Day 1: 2   05-11
65. Casey Bennett          Waco, TX                 2  05-08  136
Day 1: 2   05-08
66. Paul Browning          Pecos, TX                2  05-07  135
Day 1: 2   05-07
67. Billy Smith            Montgomery, TX           1  05-05  134
Day 1: 1   05-05
68. John Hammersmith       Branson, MO              3  05-04  133
Day 1: 3   05-04
69. Cody Bird              Granbury, TX             2  05-03  132
Day 1: 2   05-03
69. Jake Rossi             Columbus, OH             2  05-03  132
Day 1: 2   05-03
71. Chancy Walters         West Des Moines, IA      2  05-01  130
Day 1: 2   05-01
72. Bart Stanisz           Brookeland, TX           2  04-13  129
Day 1: 2   04-13
73. Steve Sennikoff        Edgewood, TX             3  04-12  128
Day 1: 3   04-12
74. Kylie Sparks           Denham Spgs, LA          2  04-10  127
Day 1: 2   04-10
75. David Drinkard         Sour Lake, TX            2  04-08  126
Day 1: 2   04-08
76. Wes Logan              Springville, AL          2  04-06  125
Day 1: 2   04-06
77. Matt Robertson         Kuttawa, KY              2  04-01  124
Day 1: 2   04-01
78. Denny Fiedler          Wabasha, MN              2  04-00  123
Day 1: 2   04-00
78. Kyle Hogg              Hewitt, TX               2  04-00  123
Day 1: 2   04-00
78. Brian Post             Janesville, WI           2  04-00  123
Day 1: 2   04-00
78. Dustin Reneau          Mckinney, TX             2  04-00  123
Day 1: 2   04-00
82. Todd Castledine        Nacogdoches, TX          1  03-14  119
Day 1: 1   03-14
83. Joey Cifuentes III     Clinton, AR              2  03-10  118
Day 1: 2   03-10
84. Justin Atkins          Florence, AL             1  03-10  117
Day 1: 1   03-10
85. Brandon Palaniuk       Rathdrum, ID             2  03-07  116
Day 1: 2   03-07
85. Gerald Swindle         Guntersville, AL         2  03-07  116
Day 1: 2   03-07
87. Steven Caldwell        Whitesboro, TX           2  03-06  114
Day 1: 2   03-06
88. Lee Livesay            Longview, TX             1  03-06  113
Day 1: 1   03-06
89. Andy Hribar            Lakeville, MN            1  03-05  112
Day 1: 1   03-05
90. Teb Jones              Hattiesburg, MS          2  03-04  111
Day 1: 2   03-04
91. Ryan Dusek             Azle, TX                 2  03-02  110
Day 1: 2   03-02
91. Jerry Riddle Jr        Summit, MS               2  03-02  110
Day 1: 2   03-02
93. Greg Mansfield         Olathe, KS               1  03-02  108
Day 1: 1   03-02
94. Stephen Browning       Hot Springs, AR          2  03-00  107
Day 1: 2   03-00
95. Cody Huff              Ava, MO                  1  02-15  106
Day 1: 1   02-15
95. Ernie Stumpf III       Frisco, TX               1  02-15  106
Day 1: 1   02-15
97. Jay Stidham            China Spring, TX         2  02-14  104
Day 1: 2   02-14
98. Marshall Hughes        Hemphill, TX             2  02-13  103
Day 1: 2   02-13
99. Jerod Hawkes           Eagle Pass, TX           1  02-13  102
Day 1: 1   02-13
99. Tommy Murray           Bedford, TX              1  02-13  102
Day 1: 1   02-13
101. Jake Biram             Tulsa, OK                1  02-11  100
Day 1: 1   02-11
101. Wardell Motley Jr      Dallas, TX               1  02-11  100
Day 1: 1   02-11
103. Matt Pangrac           Broken Arrow, OK         1  02-08   98
Day 1: 1   02-08
103. Ron Wells              Claremore, OK            1  02-08   98
Day 1: 1   02-08
105. Toby Hartsell          Afton, OK                1  02-05   96
Day 1: 1   02-05
106. Jim Dillard            West Monroe, LA          1  02-03   95
Day 1: 1   02-03
106. Gary Hall              Wardville, OK            1  02-03   95
Day 1: 1   02-03
106. Brian Mathis           Cedar Park, TX           1  02-03   95
Day 1: 1   02-03
109. Cameron Mattison       Bossier City, LA         1  02-02   92
Day 1: 1   02-02
110. Jacob Powroznik        North Prince George, VA  1  02-00   91
Day 1: 1   02-00
111. Jeff Bridges           Prosper, TX              1  01-15   90
Day 1: 1   01-15
111. Bryant Smith           Roseville, CA            1  01-15   90
Day 1: 1   01-15
113. Dale Hightower         Mannford, OK             1  01-14   88
Day 1: 1   01-14
113. Randy Qualls           Streetman, TX            1  01-14   88
Day 1: 1   01-14
113. Andrew Wright          Plano, TX                1  01-14   88
Day 1: 1   01-14
116. Doug Vahrenberg        Higginsville, MO         1  01-13   85
Day 1: 1   01-13
117. Clark Reehm            Elm Groove, LA           1  01-11   84
Day 1: 1   01-11
118. Brandon Ackerson       Afton, OK                1  01-10   83
Day 1: 1   01-10
118. Travis Ledford         Tuttle, OK               1  01-10   83
Day 1: 1   01-10
120. Troy O’Rourke          Bentonville, AR          1  01-08   81
Day 1: 1   01-08
120. Larry Puckett          Decatur, TX              1  01-08   81
Day 1: 1   01-08
120. Andrew Upshaw          Tulsa, OK                1  01-08   81
Day 1: 1   01-08
123. Daisuke Aoki           Minamitsurugun Yamanash  1  01-07   78
Day 1: 1   01-07
124. Scott Siller           Milwaukee, WI            1  01-05   77
Day 1: 1   01-05
125. Andrew Thomasson       Dublin, VA               1  01-04   76
Day 1: 1   01-04
126. Chris Bachta           Grapevine, TX            0  00-00    0
Day 1: 0   00-00
126. Chris Bailey           Eddy, TX                 0  00-00    0
Day 1: 0   00-00
126. Neels Beneke           Amanzimtoti SOUTH AFRIC  0  00-00    0
Day 1: 0   00-00
126. Randy Blaukat          Joplin, MO               0  00-00    0
Day 1: 0   00-00
126. Lucas Bradley          Flippin, AR              0  00-00    0
Day 1: 0   00-00
126. Josh Bragg             Jacksonville, AL         0  00-00    0
Day 1: 0   00-00
126. Jay Brainard           Mountain Home, OK        0  00-00    0
Day 1: 0   00-00
126. Wyatt Burkhalter       Coker, AL                0  00-00    0
Day 1: 0   00-00
126. James Caldemeyer       Gilmer, TX               0  00-00    0
Day 1: 0   00-00
126. Theron Caldwell        Decatur, TX              0  00-00    0
Day 1: 0   00-00
126. RJ Chandler Jr.        Vinton, LA               0  00-00    0
Day 1: 0   00-00
126. James Davis Jr         Ferriday, LA             0  00-00    0
Day 1: 0   00-00
126. Justin Hallmark        Bertram, TX              0  00-00    0
Day 1: 0   00-00
126. Mark Hicks             Glouster, OH             0  00-00    0
Day 1: 0   00-00
126. Brent Homan            Graham, TX               0  00-00    0
Day 1: 0   00-00
126. Larry Jenkins          Leesburg, TX             0  00-00    0
Day 1: 0   00-00
126. Lyvon Kennard          Harker Hts, TX           0  00-00    0
Day 1: 0   00-00
126. Terry Luedtke          Burton, TX               0  00-00    0
Day 1: 0   00-00
126. Scott Martin           Clewiston, FL            0  00-00    0
Day 1: 0   00-00
126. Brandon Mcdonald       Longview, TX             0  00-00    0
Day 1: 0   00-00
126. Bill McNutt            Henry, IL                0  00-00    0
Day 1: 0   00-00
126. Chad Mrazek            Montgomery, TX           0  00-00    0
Day 1: 0   00-00
126. Allan Nail             Sand Springs, OK         0  00-00    0
Day 1: 0   00-00
126. Lance Rose             Pipe Creek, TX           0  00-00    0
Day 1: 0   00-00
126. Greg Vance             Delhi, IA                0  00-00    0
Day 1: 0   00-00
126. Bill Watts             Beaumont, TX             0  00-00    0
Day 1: 0   00-00
126. Dirk Wenzlaff          Frisco, TX               0  00-00    0
Day 1: 0   00-00
126. Jd Williams            Mckinney, TX             0  00-00    0
Day 1: 0   00-00
126. Trait Zaldain          Fort Worth, TX           0  00-00    0
Day 1: 0   00-00
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Totals
Day   #Limits    #Fish      Weight
1        18       327       836-04
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18       327       836-04

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