NATIONAL HARBOR, MD – Chevy Pro Luke Clausen of Otis Orchards, Washington (photo to left), caught a five bass limit weighing 19 pounds, 4 ounces this past Sunday to win $125,000 at the Walmart FLW Tour on the Potomac River presented by National Guard with a four-day catch of 20 bass weighing 69-14. Clausen hasn’t won a major tournament since the Bassmaster Classic in 2006.
“This is amazing,” said Clausen, “I get pretty mad pretty easily and I would have been pretty upset with a second place finish. This is a relief really. After winning both the Forrest Wood Cup and the Bassmaster Classic and not having a victory since 2006, I have been pretty frustrated. To finally win again is just an amazing feeling.
The catch gave Clausen the win by a 1-pound, 13-ounce margin over Michael Iaconelli of Pittsgrove, N.J., who caught a total of 20 bass weighing 68-1 and earned $35,000.
“The high tide was definitely better for me,” Clausen continued. “You could see what you were throwing at. Low tide made it very difficult. Thankfully we had a long high tide today. I was pretty worried when I saw that south wind this morning. I really thought I was going to be in trouble.
Clausen opened this tournament in a not-so great 17th place on Thursday with five bass weighing 15-3. On Friday, he added an additional five bass weighing 17-0 using Z-Man creature baits to move up to fourth place. Then Saturday after catching five bass weighing in at 18-7 on Z-Man finesse worms, he leapt into 2nd place. If you don’t know Z-Man, they has been one of the largest manufacturers of silicon skirt material in the industry and are the fastest growing lure brand in the U.S. Finally Sunday he assured his win by using a swim jig.
The remaining top 10 pros finishing in
the tournament were:
3rd: Bobby Lane, Lakeland, Fla., 20 bass, 65-5, $30,000
4th: Bryan Schmitt, Deale, Md., 20 bass, 64-12, $25,000
5th: Michael Williamson, Fort Smith, Ark., 20 bass, 61-6, $20,000
6th: AMP pro Stetson Blaylock, Benton, Ark., 20 bass, 60-0, $17,000
7th: Castrol pro David Dudley, Lynchburg, Va., 20 bass, 58-0, $16,000
8th: Lance Vick, Mineola, Texas, 20 bass, 56-14, $15,000
9th: Chad Morgenthaler, Coulterville, Ill., 20 bass, 55-7, $14,000
10th: Cory Johnston, Peterborough, Ontario, 19 bass, 54-3, $13,000
The FLW Tour stop on the Potomac River presented by National Guard was hosted by National Harbor, and is the sixth of 10 Walmart FLW Tour tournaments of this 2011 season. Coverage of the tournament will be broadcast in high-definition (HD) on VERSUS. “FLW Outdoors” hosted by Jason Harper, will air Aug. 7 from 1 to 2 p.m. ET.