Bassmaster Weekend Series Kentucky Lake Victory for David  

July 18, 2009- PARIS, Tenn.- David posted his fifth tournament win in seven weeks on Kentucky Lake Saturday besting the boater field in the Tennessee Central Bassmaster Weekend Series event out of Paris Landing. David weighed in a five bass limit that tipped the scales at 20.35 pounds. Until the weighin concluded, David assumed the win was completely out of reach.

"I've had the best month of fishing of my life, but today was the worst day I've had since May. The fish really didn't cooperate well. I had a small limit about 11 pounds by 7:30 and was really struggling to get a good bite. I always check on my fish at every stop to make sure they are doing well, the water is cool and everybody is happy. About 9:00AM I stopped and looked in the livewell and saw one floating. It was only a 2.3 pounder and my cull tag had gotten caught in the fish's mouth sideways, wedging it's mouth open. It couldn't have been like that for more than 10 minutes, but unfortunately, the fish was dead. BASS rules prohibit culling a dead fish, so I assumed it was over. The way the weights have been on Kentucky Lake this year, there is just no way you can weigh in a 2 pounder and still win. I was really upset about it, but eventually got my head together and culled several times.

About 12:30 I pulled up on a spot and caught a five pounder, as did my non boater. I just decided to spend the rest of the day mining that ledge for all it had. I ended up catching a 6.60 there as well. I culled several times, but of course still had that 2 pounder. I stayed until the very last minute, believing I didn't have enough to win. I left the New Johnsonville area with 38 minutes to make it back to Paris, but completely underestimated the wind. About 20 minutes into my run north I looked at my watch and thought that there was no way I'd make it back by 3:00. I ran that Triton wide open through some pretty rough stuff and made it back with one minute to spare. Needless to say it was a trying day. I still figured the win was out of reach, but obviously the day had been tough on everyone. The breaks just went my way, and I thank God for that."

Since May 28th, David has fished seven tournaments on Kentucky Lake. He has won five, and finished 3rd and 4th in the other two.

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