DEL RIO, TX—Minnesotan Andy Young finished strong to win top honors at the Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Central Open on Lake Amistad February 8.
Young, of Mound, sacked 39 pounds, 6 ounces to top second-place finisher Stephen Browning by a mere ounce. “This is a lifelong dream,” Young beamed after the weigh-in. “I’m afraid someone is going to pinch me and wake me up.”
He was especially elated after starting the final day in second place behind Amistad ace Randy Allen of Shreveport, Louisiana. “I thought I was fishing for second,” he said. “The local hammer (Allen) had 18 pounds each day, and I was about 11 pounds behind. I just went out and did the best I could.”
The Lake Minnetonka guide made his dream come true by catching a 13-pound, 10-ounce limit. Three of his biggest fish came on a Hog Farmer Bait Company Alabama Rig adorned with Big Bite Baits Cane Thumpers. He caught his other two keepers on a drop shot rig with a Biovex Kolt Fish Tail. He fished the Alabama rig 12 to 15 feet deep and the drop shot 21 to 25 feet deep along rocky humps and points. For his part, Allen scratched up only one keeper and dropped to third.
Young earned more than $47,000 for the win, including a $40,000 Mercury-powered Triton, and $7,083 in cash. For more details, click here.SHARE THIS CONTENT ON: