MINNEAPOLIS – Cornelius professional bass fisherman Brent Long won his first FLW Tour victory in the competition finale on Lake Guntersville in northern Alabama.
Long is sponsored by Visit Lake Norman regional visitors bureau.
The Versus channel aired coverage of the event Sunday, Oct. 3, as part of the weekly FLW Outdoors program.
Long fished all four days, and each one of them, he spent probing the depths of one particular ledge, located at the intersection of Siebold Creek and the main river channel. His two main baits were a Norman DD22 crankbait and a hand-tied Ernest Langley 3/4-ounce football head jig with a Zoom Fat Albert Twin-Tail grub. Unlike most competitors, Long burned the crankbait as fast as possible to generate reaction strikes from suspended fish. When the bass were schooling and chasing bait, he’d mix in a Strike King Shadalicious swimbait.
With a total weight of 95 pounds, 7 ounces, Long’s catch earned him $125,000. To add to the moment, his wife and two daughters drove from North Carolina to attend.