Kentucky angler reels in $125,000 on stellar Texas performance

Staff Writer

(AP) Kentucky bass pro Terry Bolton of Paducah reeled in a four-day total of 20 bass weighing 91 pounds, 3 ounces to top the field of 170 bass pros in the 2019 FLW Tour season opener held Jan. 10-14 on Sam Rayburn.
Bolton, a 23-year tour veteran with more than $1 million in earnings, grabbed the top spot on the heels of a stellar performance on a rain-swollen reservoir that threw a curveball to much of the field and left several local big sticks scrambling to find keepers worthy of bringing to weigh-in. His first big league win earned him a $125,000 pay day.
Bolton’s four-day weight was anchored by a massive Day 2 limit of 33 pounds, 9 ounces that he put together targeting underwater hydrilla beds and drains engulfed by rising water that pushed the lake to more than 10 feet above pool level by the tournament’s end. He relied heavily on a series of Rapala crankbaits including a DT10, DT14 and DT16 to do the damage. He also caught fish on a spinnerbait and Carolina rig.
Louisiana’s Nick Lebrun made a strong push in his rookie debut with 90-7 that earned him $30,000 for second. Three other Texas anglers including Tom Redington of Royse City and Jim Tutt and Jordon Osborne, both of Longview, also finished in the Top 10. Tutt took 5th with 78-7; Osborne, 7th and Redington, 8th...To read more, please refer to our print or online edition.