Jun 20, 2011, 11:23 AM EDT
Goodwill pro and proud father of two Chad Grigsby of Maple Grove, MN, caught a 5-bass limit weighing 22 pounds, 13 ounces Sunday to earn a Father’s Day win and $125,000 at the FLW Tour on Kentucky Lake with a 4-day catch of 20 bass weighing 73-3.
While many in the field got hung up on huge schools of smaller fish where they reported catching 50 fish per day, Grigsby had two main schools with higher quality fish that he mined with a by cranking a Strike King Series 6XD crankbait (sexy shad) as hard and fast as physically possible and dragging a paddletail worm (red bug) on a 3/4-ounce Secret Lures football Tail Shaker Jig head. The latter is often described as a power or magnum shakey head approach.
The win came as a surprise for two reasons. In practice, Grigsby had no idea he was on atournament-winning school. And secondly, he’s more known as a shallow-water flipper and smallmouth fisherman from his Michigan fishing roots. Although the venue was a shocker, Grigsby never doubted his ability and knew this day would come.
On a more serious note, FLW Pro Shinichi Fukae was involved in a single-boat accident during Sunday’s competition and unable to attend weigh-in as a result. Fukae was treated for minor injuries and released and his cameraman was taken to a Nashville hospital for further observation. It appears both are doing okay, but the boat is in pretty bad shape after striking the Paris Bridge on the way back to weigh-in. This obviously could have been much worse for both occupants of the boat.
To get a lesson on June fishing on famed Kentucky Lake and other great bass fishing venues tune into Versus all summer long on Sunday afternoons for all the FLW Outdoor television broadcasts.
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