Alabama’s Chris Lane Shifts Into Overdrive To Win Bassmaster Elite Series Event In Michigan

Chris LaneAfter leading the first day, then falling into Mark Davis’ wake on the second and third days, Chris Lane kicked it into high gear Sunday to win the Bassmaster Elite Series Plano Championship Chase.

Through the win, Lane, the 2012 Bassmaster Classic champ, got his 2014 Bassmaster Classic ticket punched — what he came into the Chase to achieve. From Guntersville, Ala., he was set on qualifying for the 2014 world championship on his home water of Lake Guntersville.

The win was also his first in the Bassmaster Elite Series and a $100,000 payday.

Lane landed the Chase title by weighing 82 pounds 4 ounces of smallmouth bass in four days of competition. His margin of victory was 5-7 over Davis of Mount Ida, Ark.

Davis, the 1995 Classic winner who also owns three Toyota Bassmaster Angler of the Year trophies, led on Days 2 and 3. On Day 4, one bass shy of a five-fish limit, Davis’ weight was 13-3. He finished at 76-13 in the runner-up spot.

The Classic champ of 2008, Alton Jones of Lorena, Texas, jumped from 12th place to take third with 76-6. Jones weighed the day’s largest bag of 22-3.

Ending in fourth place was the 2004 Classic winner, Takahiro Omori of Emory, Texas, with 76-0, including the day’s biggest of 5-11. Rounding out the Top 5 at 75-11 was Michigan native Nate Wellman of Newaygo.

Newly-crowned 2013 Toyota Bassmaster Angler of the Year Aaron Martens of Leeds, Ala., qualified for the final round, but didn’t weigh in. Reportedly a broken jackplate bolt left him unable to travel back to the check-in point.

He reported to tournament officials that he released the five fish in his livewell, which weighed about 20 pounds. He was able to make it to shore, and trailered over land back to the starting point on Lake St. Clair.

If Martens had brought in 20 pounds Sunday, he might have given Lane a scare. But Sunday, Lane was after the Chase win; he was determined to not drive away from Michigan satisfied with achieving his first goal of a Classic qualification.

It happened for Lane at about noon.

“I got that killer instinct,” he said. “I got focused in. I said, ‘I need to catch some big ones, I need to catch a good one.’ And that’s when I caught my biggest fish of the day.”

It weighed about 4 1/2 pounds, he estimated. With 17 to 18 pounds already in the livewell, he was on his way to building his day’s total to 19-11.

“Mark’s been catching 20-plus pounds a day, and I was a pound behind,” Lane said. “I figured he was going to come in with another 20, and I would need more. I knew I had to gear up and not be content.”

Lane’s winning pattern was drifting a drop shot rig with a 1/4-ounce weight in current at the Lake Huron mouth of the St. Clair River. The current held baitfish, and smallmouth bass were feeding on them.

Although Lane did not make a run through the infamous Miracle Mile of the Detroit River, nor ride the swells of Lake Erie, he still had a trip to get to his area from the Harrison Township takeoff point on Lake St. Clair.

Sunday, the trip was heaven and hell for him.

Heaven was his peaceful glide upriver in the early morning, watching the sun rise over the water. The hell was the return trip, dealing with huge commercial ships and very large pleasure boats, which produce wakes that make a bass boat seem to disappear as it rides over them.

Davis did make the Lake Erie trek each day. He headed to one area that held big smallmouth bass, but not many of them. To catch them, he drop shotted a Strike King Dream Shot or a 6-inch Roboworm.

Sunday, unlike the other three days, he could not boat a fifth keeper.

“That fifth fish got off twice today,” Davis said. “I about cried. A 4 1/2 was right at the boat; I fought it forever. The other one was a 3 1/2-pounder. Those two fish would have won for me.”

But Davis pinned his failure to take the trophy on four other lost smallmouth bass. They came unbuttoned on the first day, when Lane led the full field of 99 pros. Davis said they were two 4-pounders, a 5 and one more than 6.

“You just cannot do that and win an event like this,” he said.

With the regular Elite Series season coming to a close, 38 Bassmaster Classic qualifiers were set in stone. The first cut was at place No. 29 on the Toyota Bassmaster Angler of the Year points standings. Double-qualifiers through wins in previous events or unclaimed Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Opens qualifications extended the cut to 38.

 

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Elite pros earned awards at the Showdown:

* 2013 Toyota Bassmaster Angler of the Year, $100,000: Martens for amassing the highest number of points over the eight events of the regular Elite season.

*2013 Bassmaster Rookie of the Year: Hank Cherry of Maiden, N.C.

* Carhartt Big Bass of the 2013 season, $2,000 and a Carhartt Green Jacket: Matt Greenblatt of Port St. Lucie, Fla., for his 10-13 on March 22, the second day of the Rigid Industries Falcon Slam on Falcon Lake out of Zapata, Texas.

* Second-place Carhartt Big Bass of the season, $1,250: Tommy Biffle of Wagoner, Okla., for his 6-12 on Day 1 of the West Point, Ga., event.

* Third-place Carhartt Big Bass of the season, $1,000: Kelly Jordon of Palestine, Texas, for his 6-4 on Day 1 of the Montgomery, Ala., event.

* Fourth-place Carhartt Big Bass of the season, $750: Terry Scroggins of San Mateo, Fla., for his 6-1 on Day 2 of the Orange, Texas event.

* Fifth-place Carhartt Big Bass of the season: A tie at 5-13 between Steve Kennedy of Auburn Ala., Day 3 of the Waddington, N.Y. event, and Alton Jones of Lorena, Texas, Day 3 in this week’s Detroit event; $250 each.

* Carhartt Big Bass of the Plano Championship Chase, worth $1,000 plus another $500 for wearing Carhartt apparel: Jones for his 5-13 on Day 3.

* Berkley Heavyweight Award of $500 for the best five-fish limit: Lane for his 22-15 bag of Day 3.

* Luck-E-Strike Comeback Award of $500: Lane, who moved up 19 places in the Toyota Bassmaster Angler of the Year points standings, from 53rd place into 34th place.

* Power-Pole Captain’s Cash award of $1,000 to the highest finisher equipped with Power-Poles: Lane

* Livingston Lures Leader Award of $500 for heading up the leaderboard on the second day: Davis

Local sponsors of the Chase were the Detroit Sports Commission and the Lake St. Clair Metropark.

ESPN2 will air The Bassmasters coverage of the Plano Championship Chase Aug. 31, 7-8 a.m. ET. Fans can catch the same show again that day on ESPN Classic at 9-10 a.m. ET.

The show will reair Sept. 14 on ESPN2 at 6-7 a.m. ET, and Sept. 15 on ESPN Classic at 8-9 a.m. ET.

Next up for the Elite Series is the Sept. 27-29 postseason, the Toyota All-Star Week and Evan Williams Bourbon Championship on Muskegon Lake out of Muskegon, Mich.

Fourteen Elite pros will vie for a piece of $100,000. The postseason winner will take $50,000 of the purse.

Ten of the 14 qualifiers are set. They are the Top 8 from the regular-season Elite points list, 2013 Classic winner Cliff Pace, and 2013 Rookie of the Year Hank Cherry. The remaining four will be chosen by fans. Voting online at Bassmaster.com will continue until Sept. 6.

2013 Bassmaster Elite Series Official Sponsors: Toyota, Bass Pro Shops, Berkley, Evan Williams Bourbon, Humminbird, Mercury, Minn Kota, Nitro Boats, Skeeter Boats, Triton Boats, Yamaha

2013 Bassmaster Elite Series Supporting Sponsors: Carhartt, Diet Mountain Dew, Livingston Lures, Lowrance, Luck-E-Strike, Power-Pole, Ramada, Shimano

2013 Bassmaster Elite Series Proud Partner: Mustang Survival

2013 Detroit River Championship 8/22-8/25
Detroit River, Detroit  MI.
(PROFESSIONAL) Standings Day 4

   Angler                   Hometown              No./lbs-oz  Pts   Total $$$

1.  Chris Lane             Guntersville, AL        20  82-04   99 $109,300.00
Day 1: 5   22-09     Day 2: 5   17-01     Day 3: 5   22-15     Day 4: 5   19-11
2.  Mark Davis             Mount Ida, AR           19  76-13   98  $33,000.00
Day 1: 5   22-01     Day 2: 5   20-10     Day 3: 5   20-15     Day 4: 4   13-03
3.  Alton Jones            Lorena, TX              20  76-06   97  $43,750.00
Day 1: 5   16-01     Day 2: 5   16-10     Day 3: 5   21-08     Day 4: 5   22-03
4.  Takahiro Omori         Emory, TX               20  76-00   96  $23,000.00
Day 1: 5   18-02     Day 2: 5   20-03     Day 3: 5   17-00     Day 4: 5   20-11
5.  Nate Wellman           Newaygo, MI             20  75-11   95  $14,000.00
Day 1: 5   17-07     Day 2: 5   18-03     Day 3: 5   20-08     Day 4: 5   19-09
6.  Kotaro Kiriyama        Moody, AL               20  74-04   94  $13,500.00
Day 1: 5   20-07     Day 2: 5   20-00     Day 3: 5   17-06     Day 4: 5   16-07
7.  Morizo Shimizu         Osaka JAPAN             20  74-02   93  $20,600.00
Day 1: 5   17-00     Day 2: 5   18-09     Day 3: 5   20-11     Day 4: 5   17-14
8.  Randy Howell           Springville, AL         20  71-05   92  $22,525.00
Day 1: 5   20-04     Day 2: 5   18-07     Day 3: 5   16-07     Day 4: 5   16-03
9.  Jeremy Starks          Scott Depot, WV         20  71-04   91  $12,000.00
Day 1: 5   18-13     Day 2: 5   18-04     Day 3: 5   17-14     Day 4: 5   16-05
10. Keith Combs            Huntington, TX          20  68-11   90  $36,500.00
Day 1: 5   20-04     Day 2: 5   19-06     Day 3: 5   16-14     Day 4: 5   12-03
11. Derek Remitz           Grant, AL               18  63-07   89  $11,000.00
Day 1: 5   19-10     Day 2: 5   15-15     Day 3: 5   22-05     Day 4: 3   05-09
12. Aaron Martens          Leeds, AL               15  62-02   88 $110,500.00
Day 1: 5   21-14     Day 2: 5   19-09     Day 3: 5   20-11     Day 4: 0   00-00
CARHARTT BIG BASS
Alton Jones              Lorena, TX          05-13      $1,000.00
BERKLEY HEAVYWEIGHT
Chris Lane               Guntersville, AL    22-15        $500.00

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Totals
Day   #Limits    #Fish      Weight
1        92       478      1484-00
2        82       465      1439-09
3        47       245       817-09
4         9        52       179-14
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230      1240      3921-00

 

2013 Points Report
PROFESSIONAL
ELITE SERIES
as of 25-Aug-2013

Angler Points Lbs-Oz

1 Aaron Martens Leeds, AL 652 242- 4
2 Edwin Evers Talala, OK 640 245- 5
3 Kevin VanDam Kalamazoo, MI 624 241- 2
4 Bobby Lane Lakeland, FL 619 236- 4
5 Keith Combs Huntington, TX 608 250- 3
6 Alton Jones Lorena, TX 599 225-11
7 John Crews Salem, VA 578 214-13
8 Chris Zaldain San Jose, CA 562 213- 9
9 Todd Faircloth Jasper, TX 534 220-10
10 Cliff Crochet Pierre Part, LA 530 231- 0
11 Ish Monroe Hughson, CA 528 226- 5
12 Cliff Pace Petal, MS 520 208-15
13 Ott DeFoe Knoxville, TN 509 205- 4
14 Hank Cherry Maiden, NC 507 213-13
15 Tommy Biffle Wagoner, OK 506 206- 8
16 Greg Vinson Wetumpka, AL 505 212- 1
17 John Murray Phoenix, AZ 500 212- 2
18 Skeet Reese Auburn, CA 499 206- 0
19 Brent Chapman Lake Quivira, KS 497 219-11
20 Terry Scroggins San Mateo, FL 492 220-11
21 Steve Kennedy Auburn, AL 487 192-10
22 Yusuke Miyazaki Forney, TX 486 202- 3
23 Jonathon VanDam Kalamazoo, MI 483 208- 3
24 Randy Howell Springville, AL 482 211- 7
25 Gerald Swindle Warrior, AL 477 209- 9
26 Dean Rojas Lake Havasu City, AZ 473 222-12
27 Takahiro Omori Emory, TX 473 210-10
28 Rick Morris Virginia Beach, VA 471 204-14
29 David Walker Sevierville, TN 467 210-11
30 Clifford Pirch Payson, AZ 467 207-12
31 Morizo Shimizu Osaka, JPN 465 202-15
32 Mark Davis Mount Ida, AR 461 205-14
33 Casey D Ashley Donalds, SC 459 203- 9
34 Chris Lane Guntersville, AL 453 198- 5
35 Gary Klein Weatherford, TX 442 210-15
36 Jason Christie Park Hill, OK 441 206- 3
37 Josh Bertrand Gilbert, AZ 440 196- 3
38 Bill Lowen Brookville, IN 438 202- 2
39 Fred Roumbanis Bixby, OK 435 185- 6
40 Jason Williamson Aiken, SC 432 199- 9
41 Boyd Duckett Demopolis, AL 432 198- 0
42 Brandon Card Caryville, TN 428 198- 3
43 Rick Clunn Ava, MO 427 200-15
44 Michael Iaconelli Pitts Grove, NJ 426 198- 2
45 Greg Hackney Gonzales, LA 425 207- 2
46 Brian Snowden Reeds Spring, MO 422 192- 1
47 Pete Ponds Madison, MS 420 201- 5
48 Mike McClelland Bella Vista, AR 419 195-10
49 Casey Scanlon Shawnee Mission, KS 418 187- 5
50 Britt Myers Lake Wylie, SC 418 180- 5
51 Bernie Schultz Gainesville, FL 417 194- 2
52 Matt Reed Madisonville, TX 417 190- 7
53 Charlie Hartley Grove City, OH 408 201- 8
54 Dennis Tietje Roanoke, LA 407 200- 0
55 Scott Rook Little Rock, AR 403 195- 1
56 Andy Montgomery Blacksburg, SC 401 190- 9
57 Billy McCaghren Mayflower, AR 400 192- 1
58 Davy Hite Ninety Six, SC 399 180-10
59 Jeff Kriet Ardmore, OK 394 205- 4
60 Derek Remitz Grant, AL 394 189- 7
61 Cliff Prince Palatka, FL 391 199- 2
62 Shaw E Grigsby Jr. Gainesville, FL 391 192-11
63 Paul Elias Laurel, MS 389 192- 2
64 Nate Wellman Newaygo, MI 375 175- 0
65 J Todd Tucker Moultrie, GA 371 184- 7
66 Jeremy Starks Scott Depot, WV 371 183- 7
67 Kelly Jordon Palestine, TX 362 199- 1
68 Bradley Roy Lancaster, KY 354 192- 5
69 Kotaro Kiriyama Moody, AL 344 197- 8
70 Timmy Horton Muscle Shoals, AL 339 177-14
71 Kevin Hawk Guntersville, AL 338 183- 2
72 Brandon Palaniuk Rathdrum, ID 336 186- 9
73 Jared Miller Norman, OK 333 170- 8
74 Kevin Short Mayflower, AR 330 184- 6
75 James Elam Tulsa, OK 324 170- 1
76 Marty Robinson Lyman, SC 315 177- 5
77 Matt Herren Trussville, AL 314 182- 3
78 Jason Quinn Rock Hill, SC 313 177-13
79 Jared Lintner Arroyo Grande, CA 309 168- 1
80 Kenyon Hill Norman, OK 309 156-13
81 Scott Ashmore Broken Arrow, OK 308 165-12
82 Stephen Browning Hot Springs, AR 305 166-11
83 Jami Fralick Martin, SD 298 157- 1
84 Russ Lane Prattville, AL 297 182-10
85 Keith Poche Pike Road, AL 297 166- 7
86 Fletcher Shryock New Philadelphia, OH 289 174- 3
87 Chad Pipkens Holt, MI 271 167-14
88 Michael Simonton Fremont, OH 265 161-14
89 Kurt Dove Del Rio, TX 261 161-11
90 James Niggemeyer Van, TX 247 175-12
91 Jamie Horton Centreville, AL 237 164- 6
92 Zell Rowland Montgomery, TX 233 160- 9
93 Clark Reehm Shreveport, LA 220 105- 0
94 Kelley Jaye Dadeville, AL 215 157- 4
95 Matt Greenblatt Port St Lucie, FL 211 155-14
96 Grant Goldbeck Boerne, TX 202 144-10
97 Kevin Ledoux Choctaw, OK 174 151- 1
98 BJ Haseotes Centerville, MA 167 131- 6
99 David Smith Del City, OK 117 108-10
100 Chip Porche Bixby, OK 59 85-14

 

2013 Rookie of the Year
as of 25-August-2013
Angler Points Lbs-Oz

1 Hank Cherry Maiden, NC 507 213-13
2 Clifford Pirch Payson, AZ 467 207-12
3 Jason Christie Park Hill, OK 441 206- 3
4 Josh Bertrand Gilbert, AZ 440 196- 3
5 Kevin Hawk Guntersville, AL 338 183- 2
6 James Elam Tulsa, OK 324 170- 1
7 Chad Pipkens Holt, MI 271 167-14
8 Kelley Jaye Dadeville, AL 215 157- 4
9 Chip Porche Bixby, OK 59 85-14

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