Kreiger Wins Second FLW EverStart Series Championship
Koby Kreiger accepts the winner?s trophy from long-time EverStart tournament director Ron Lappin.Rob Newell/FLW
For the second time in his career and for the first time in FLW history pro Koby Kreiger won the FLW EverStart Championship
on the Ouachita River Sunday with a five bass
limit that weighed 9 pounds, 5 ounces. Kreiger of Okeechobee, Fla., had a four-day total of 20 bass that weighed 38 pounds, 5 ounces that earned him $50,000 plus a Ranger Z518 with an Evinrude or Mercury outboard motor and a berth in the 2013 Forrest Wood Cup
. Kreiger, who won his first EverStart Championship in 2002 on Lake Martin in Alexandria City, Ala., beat second place Kent Ware of Wadmalaw Island, S.C., by 3 pounds, 15 ounces.Kreiger is the only angler to ever win two EverStart Series Championships.?It took a lot of hard work to get here,? said Kreiger. ?I was predominantly fishing the river for as many bites as I could get, it was tough catching anything big. I tried fishing the bayous a little bit but the quantity of bites was not there and knew I would be better off on the main river.?On the last day of practice my partner and I headed towards the Columbia Lock,? Kreiger continued. ?You could see the shad on just about any piece of wood. When I figured that pattern out I pretty much had my game plan. I used War Eagle spinnerbaits, CP1 or CP2 crankbaits and a Mini-Frenzy umbrella rig to catch all my fish this week. The river was about 50-feet deep where I was fishing and the bass were suspending in about 7- or 8-feet of water.?Making next year?s Forrest Wood Cup definitely takes a lot of pressure off,? Kreiger went on say. ?It?s a big feat; however, I won?t fish any differently than I normally would during the season.?Final top-10 pro standings:1st: Koby Kreiger, Okeechobee, Fla., 20 bass, 38-5, $50,000 plus a Ranger Boat with outboard motor2nd: Kent Ware, Wadmalaw Island, S.C., 20 bass, 34-6, $16,5003rd: James Stricklin Jr., Texarkana, Texas, 15 bass, 32-8, $8,5004th: Joseph Kremer, Osteen, Fla., 20 bass, 32-0, $7,5005th: Casey Martin, New Market, Ala., 20 bass, 31-13, $6,6006th: Bill Chapman, Salt Rock, W. Va., 19 bass, 31-11, $5,7007th: Larry Jones, Acworth, Ga., 20 bass, 31-4, $4,9008th: Brandon Medlock, Lake Placid, Fla., 13 bass, 30-14, $4,1009th: Robbie Dodson, Harrison, Ark., 20 bass, 30-14, $3,30010th: Kettle Brand Chips pro Dan Morehead, Paducah, Ky., 20 bass, 30-9, $2,500Daniel Leue of Colusa, Calif., won the co-angler division by 1 pound over Audie Brantley of North Augusta, S.C. Leue had a three-day total of 15 bass weighing 20 pounds, 3 ounces to win a Ranger Z117 with 90-horsepower Evinrude or Mercury outboard. Brantley took second place with 13 bass weighing 19-3 to win $4,100.The EverStart Series consists of five divisions ? Central, Northern, Southeast, Texas and Western. Each division consists of four tournaments where competitors earn valuable points to help them qualify for the EverStart Championship. The top 40 pro and co-anglers from each respective division qualified for this event. Pros were competing for a top award of $50,000 plus a Ranger Z518 with a 200-horsepower Evinrude or Mercury outboard if Ranger Cup guidelines were met. Co-anglers were fishing for a top award consisting of a Ranger Z117 with 90-horsepower Evinrude or Mercury outboard and $5,000 if Ranger Cup guidelines were met. The EverStart Pro and Co-Champion also earned a berth in the 2013 Forrest Wood Cup being held on the Red River in Shreveport-Bossier City, La., Aug. 15-18.The EverStart Championship which was held on the Ouachita River was hosted by the Monroe/West Monroe Convention & Visitors Bureau and was the final EverStart Series tournament of the 2012 season. The EverStart Series will kick-off the 2013 season again when the Southeast Division visits Lake Okeechobee in Okeechobee, Fla., Jan. 10-12.