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Bass Angler Magazine

Britt Myers Masters Winyah Bay

For the fourth day in a row, Britt Myers of Lake Wylie, S.C., made a long run to the Cooper River near Charleston, S.C., knowing that he needed to make all the right moves to claim the championship title.

Due to a strong cold front that shut the fishing down, Myers was forced to scrap his original game plan and try something new. The adjustment proved to be the right decision, which produced 9 pounds, 5 ounces of bass, and a four-day total of 56-3 during Championship Sunday at the Huk Performance Fishing Bassmaster Elite at Winyah Bay presented by GoRVing.

Myers had only three fish by late Sunday morning, and he knew a change in presentation was necessary if he were to remain in contention for the title.

“I thought that I had blown it,” Myers said. “The water got slick and the fishing slowed to a grinding halt, making me wonder what it was going to take to find two more fish. In my mind, I was scrambling to salvage fifth place, and that’s a tough position to be in.”

Near the end of his day, Myers had a bass try to eat a Chatterbait, but he wasn’t able to set the hook in time. He switched to a Zoom Super Fluke in a pearl pattern; a decision he made the evening before in case the Chatterbait pattern dried up.

“After switching to the Super Fluke, I caught a 10- to 11-incher almost immediately,” Myers said. “I felt that was a sign, so I stuck with it and caught several other small fish during the last hour, but I was able to fill out my limit and cull up one time before heading in.”

Myers knew that most of the anglers would fish conservatively and avoid the long boat rides to the Santee and Cooper rivers, which is where the biggest limits of bass were produced during all four days.

“I went all in on this tournament,” he said. “I knew before I ever got here that I would be making a near two-hour run to access the Cooper River. I felt that after the recent historical floods on the Santee River, the fishing would be difficult there. Honestly, I was pretty surprised at how well Kelly Jordon did on the Santee.”

Myers was fishing an abandoned rice field with irrigation drains that were filled with hydrilla and stumps creating an ideal situation to catch bass during all phases of the spawn.

“When the tide wasn’t perfect, I fished stumps looking for spawning bass,” he explained. “When the tide picked up, I fished the current breaks near the hydrilla points and near logs and laydowns. There were times when I could almost call my cast.”

Myers got his start fishing with South Carolina bass clubs, and B.A.S.S. Nation tournaments, and anglers from those same clubs helped him become more familiar with the Winyah Bay fishery.

“To me, that’s a fine representation of South Carolina bass fishermen,” Myers said. “I’m beyond proud to win this event in my home state, it’s just hard to accurately describe what I’m feeling right now.”

Brett Hite of Phoenix, Ariz., caught only two fish on Sunday that weighed 5-13. His four-day total was 55-15, which was good enough for a second-place finish just a mere 4 ounces behind Britt Myers.

“The bite was tough today, and looking back there were definitely a few things I could have done differently,” Hite said. “But, I didn’t loose any fish. I fished a good, clean tournament; I just didn’t get enough bites today.”

Hite was sure to point out that the Georgetown hospitality was fantastic, and the fans made the event very enjoyable.

The remainder of the Top 12 was as follows: Kelly Jordon, 55-3; Brent Chapman, 47-11; Randy Howell, 47-11; Keith Combs, 46-13; Gerald Swindle, 46-7; Jacob Powroznik, 46-2; Boyd Duckett, 45-5; Chris Zaldain, 43-9; John Hunter Jr., 40-14; and Mark Menendez, 39-2.

Place Angler Total Weight Cash Winnings ($) Merchandise Bonus ($) Cash Bonus ($) Total Winnings ($)
1 Britt Myers 56.3 100,000 0 1,500 101,500
2 Brett Hite 55.15 25,000 0 0 25,000
3 Kelly Jordon 55.3 20,000 0 0 20,000
4 Brent Chapman 47.11 15,000 0 1,000 16,000
5 Randy Howell 47.11 14,000 0 1,000 15,000
6 Keith Combs 46.13 13,500 0 0 13,500
7 Gerald Swindle 46.7 13,000 0 0 13,000
8 Jacob Powroznik 46.2 12,500 0 0 12,500
9 Boyd Duckett 45.5 12,000 0 0 12,000
10 Chris Zaldain 43.9 11,500 0 0 11,500
11 John Hunter 40.14 11,000 0 0 11,000
12 Mark Menendez 39.2 10,500 0 0 10,500
13 James Elam 34.6 10,000 0 0 10,000
14 Stephen Browning 34.0 10,000 0 0 10,000
15 Dave Lefebre 33.15 10,000 0 0 10,000
16 Randall Tharp 33.9 10,000 0 0 10,000
17 Takahiro Omori 33.7 10,000 0 0 10,000
18 Bradley Roy 32.15 10,000 0 0 10,000
19 David Mullins 32.14 10,000 0 0 10,000
20 Adrian Avena 32.8 10,000 0 0 10,000
21 Kevin VanDam 32.0 10,000 0 0 10,000
22 Matthew Herren 31.5 10,000 0 0 10,000
23 John Crews 31.3 10,000 0 0 10,000
24 Cliff Pace 30.13 10,000 0 0 10,000
25 Brandon Coulter 30.2 10,000 0 0 10,000
26 Ish Monroe 29.13 10,000 0 0 10,000
27 Justin Lucas 29.2 10,000 0 0 10,000
28 Tim Horton 28.15 10,000 0 0 10,000
29 Greg Hackney 28.12 10,000 0 0 10,000
30 Hank Cherry 28.12 10,000 0 0 10,000
31 Aaron Martens 28.6 10,000 0 0 10,000
32 Brent Ehrler 28.5 10,000 0 0 10,000
33 David Williams 28.2 10,000 0 0 10,000
34 Bill Lowen 27.14 10,000 0 0 10,000
35 Stephen Kennedy 27.13 10,000 0 0 10,000
36 Carl Jocumsen 27.10 10,000 0 0 10,000
37 Cliff Crochet 27.5 10,000 0 0 10,000
38 Cliff Prince 27.4 10,000 0 0 10,000
39 Edwin Evers 27.0 10,000 0 0 10,000
40 J Todd Tucker 26.14 10,000 0 0 10,000
41 Brock Mosley 26.3 10,000 0 0 10,000
42 Mike McClelland 26.1 10,000 0 0 10,000
43 Cliff Pirch 25.14 10,000 0 0 10,000
44 Drew Benton 25.5 10,000 0 0 10,000
45 Bobby Lane 24.14 10,000 0 0 10,000
46 Micah Frazier 24.10 10,000 0 0 10,000
47 Casey Scanlon 24.8 10,000 0 0 10,000
48 Marty Robinson 23.12 10,000 0 0 10,000
49 Matt Reed 22.13 10,000 0 0 10,000
50 Randy Allen 22.10 10,000 0 0 10,000
51 Terry Scroggins 22.9 10,000 0 0 10,000
52 John Murray 17.0 0 1,500 1,500
53 Mark Davis 16.12 0 0
54 Billy McCaghren 16.11 0 0
55 Jason Williamson 16.11 0 0
56 Todd Faircloth 16.10 0 0
57 Jordan Lee 16.7 0 0
58 Shaw Grigsby 16.7 0 0
59 Jared Lintner 16.7 0 0
60 Russ Lane 16.6 0 0
61 Paul Mueller 16.5 0 0
62 Chris Lane 16.4 0 0
63 Ken Iyobe 15.14 0 0
64 Brandon Palaniuk 15.13 0 0
65 Dennis Tietje 15.12 0 0
66 Michael Iaconelli 15.9 0 0
67 Greg Vinson 15.8 0 0
68 Chad Morgenthaler 15.3 0 0
69 Yusuke Miyazaki 15.0 0 0
70 Brian Snowden 14.15 0 0
71 James Niggemeyer 14.13 0 0
72 David Walker 14.5 0 0
73 Brandon Lester 14.5 0 0
74 Rick Clunn 13.13 0 0
75 Shane Lineberger 13.6 0 0
76 Fabian Rodriguez 13.4 0 0
77 Clent Davis 13.1 0 0
78 Kelley Jaye 12.14 0 0
79 Tommy Biffle 12.9 0 0
80 Fred Roumbanis 12.5 0 0
81 Alton Jones 12.5 0 0
82 Luke Clausen 12.3 0 0
83 Ott DeFoe 12.2 0 0
84 Bernie Schultz 12.2 0 0
85 Josh Bertrand 11.15 0 0
86 Fletcher Shryock 11.8 0 0
87 Brandon Card 11.7 0 0
88 Dean Rojas 11.4 0 0
89 Skeet Reese 10.11 0 0
90 Scott Rook 10.10 0 0
91 Jeff Kriet 10.10 0 0
92 Matt Lee 10.6 0 0
93 Jason Christie 9.12 0 0
94 Gary Klein 9.11 0 0
95 Chad Grigsby 9.8 0 0
96 Jay Brainard 9.7 0 0
97 Morizo Shimizu 9.1 0 0
98 Keith Poche 8.14 0 0
99 Seth Feider 8.9 0 0
100 Chad Pipkens 8.8 0 0
101 Jonathon VanDam 8.4 0 0
102 Paul Elias 8.4 0 0
103 Koby Kreiger 7.10 0 0
104 Davy Hite 7.7 0 0
105 Andy Montgomery 7.4 0 0
106 Matt Vermilyea 6.10 0 0
107 Kotaro Kiriyama 4.4 0 0
108 Brett Preuett 2.6 0 0
109 Casey Ashley 1.8 0 0
 

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