Short Wins at Table Rock Central Open

Kevin Short (B.A.S.S. photo)

BRANSON, Mo. — Kevin Short kept plugging away each day and saved his best performance for last to win the season finale Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Central Open at Table Rock Lake.

After catching only three fish and sitting in 22nd place on Day One, Short added four keepers and jumped up to fifth place the next day to make the Final 12 cut. The Mayflower, Ark., angler bagged a five-fish limit weighing 15 pounds, 7 ounces today to amass 33 pounds, 8 ounces and claim his fifth B.A.S.S. victory.

The tournament featured about every challenge imaginable — a major cold front followed by bluebird skies, a slick water surface, dropping lake level, dropping water temperatures, fog delay, turnover and suspending baitfish.

“I have not fished Table Rock a whole lot, but I have been fortunate enough to fish it when it was really, really good,” said Short. “When I had a bag like that (15-7), people didn’t even want to talk to me. I have also fished it when it was worse than this. There are some of those days when you just absolutely figure it out about what you need to be doing and you are in the right place and you just get it done. Today was one of those days.”

Short figured out that he needed to keep cranking his WEC E-1 crankbait in a “Classic” hue. In practice he figured the tournament would be won fishing deep. “The first day of the tournament I caught those three fish and they were all over the place. I had absolutely no confidence in anything. The second day I went all the way back in Long Creek, and for the last two days I have hit every single piece of wood (mostly laydowns) cranking.

“The key for me yesterday was figuring out that the better fish were in there and I caught them on my little E-1. That gave me the confidence to go in there and stay all day today. I knew that I needed 14 to 15 pounds to even have a shot at winning.” Short’s best shot helped him claim the top prize of a Skeeter bass boat/Yamaha outboard rig valued at $45,000 and $9,000 in cash.

Day Two leader Tommy Martin made it easier for Short to climb to the top as the Hemphill, Texas, angler caught only two keepers today and fell into second place with 26-6. Rounding out the top five in the pro division are Robbie Dodson Jr., of Harrison, Ark., in third with 22-13; James Niggemeyer, Van, Texas, fourth, 22-4; and Brian Snowden, Reeds Spring, Mo., fifth, 21-7.

Jacques Fleischmann of Lampe, Mo., took home a Nitro bass boat/Mercury outboard rig worth $35,000 by winning the co-angler division with a three-day total of five bass weighing 11-7. Shawn Temple of Lewisville, Texas, finished as the runner-up with 10-3, followed by Clayton Coppin of Wagoner, Okla., in third with 10-0. Day Two leader Vincent Borrego of Scottsdale, Ariz., blanked today and dropped to fourth with 9-8, while Jim Furr of Hemphill, Texas, placed fifth with 8-15.

2011 Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Opens Official Sponsors: Toyota, Bass Pro Shops, Berkley, Evan Williams Bourbon, Mercury, Skeeter Boats, Triton Boats, Yamaha

2011 Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Opens Supporting Sponsors: Humminbird, Luck “E” Strike, Minn Kota, Nitro Boats

About B.A.S.S.

For more than 40 years, B.A.S.S. has served as the authority on bass fishing. The organization advances the sport through advocacy, outreach and an expansive tournament structure while connecting directly with the passionate community of bass anglers through its Bassmaster media vehicles.

The Bassmaster brand and its multimedia platforms are guided by a mission to serve all fishing fans. Through its industry-leading publications — Bassmaster Magazine and B.A.S.S. Times — comprehensive website, ESPN2 and Outdoor Channel television programming, Bassmaster provides rich, leading-edge content true to the lifestyle.

The Bassmaster Tournament Trail includes the Bassmaster Elite Series, Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Open Series, B.A.S.S. Federation Nation events presented by Yamaha and Skeeter Boats and the ultimate celebration of competitive fishing, the Bassmaster Classic.

B.A.S.S. offers an array of services to its more than 500,000 members and remains focused on issues related to conservation and water access. The organization is headquartered in Celebration, Fla.

Recommended for You

Field Tested: Lightweight Raingear

David Draper - May 30, 2019

Our picks for stuffable protection against any weather.


Get Ready for Summer with Cordova Coolers

May 23, 2019

Memorial Day sale offers 15 percent off everything website-wide.


MidwayUSA Pro Series Shooting Mat

G&F Staff

Shooters across the U.S. are using this competition shooting mat.

See More Recommendations

Trending Stories

Other Freshwater

6 Tips for Nighttime Crappie

Keith Sutton - June 19, 2017

Fishing for nighttime crappie gets you out of the summer heat and puts more fish in the...


Record-Sized Walleye Was Foul-Hooked, Agency Says

G&F Online Staff

North Dakota Game & Fish Department said the 16-9 walleye doesn't qualify for record.

Other Freshwater

5 Great Lures For Bluegills

Stephen D. Carpenteri - March 10, 2011

Who needs live bait when the big 'gills are so eager to strike these lures?

See More Stories

GET THE MAGAZINE Subscribe & Save

Temporary Price Reduction


Give a Gift   |   Subscriber Services


GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.