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A lot of fans ask me what life on the road is like for a professional fisherman. Well, there are definitely some unique aspects to this lifestyle, but I’ve come to realize that some things I’ve learned about staying at and fishing waters all across the country can also apply to any angler, whether he travels once a year or once a month.

Here are some of the most important lessons I’ve learned about traveling to and staying at different locations.

The first thing I do when I arrive at a new tournament town is to purchase a local fishing license. Sometimes we need multiple licenses, depending on the waters we're fishing, but I'll get all that squared away first because if I can't legally fish, there's not much point in making the trip.

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Courtesy of Bassmaster

I'm fortunate to have some of the best fans in the fishing industry and I'm always interested in knowing what they'd like to learn about the sport. I recently conducted a Facebook poll and from all the many great questions I received, the one that I want to address first is this: How do you break down a new body of water?

As an Elite Series angler, probably the biggest challenge I face is finding where to start when I compete on a new lake or river. I'll be honest, this can be overwhelming if you try to do too much too soon. That's why I've established a straightforward plan for approaching those waters where I don't have any experience.

First off, I'm not a map guy. It's not that I don't value this type of research – I know many good fishermen find it very helpful, but this just doesn't fit my style of learning. I like the digital approach, specifically Google Earth. Looking at these satellite views enables me to locate the key features like docks and vegetation, while also gaining a clear understanding of the layout. I want to know where the major creeks are, where the spawning bays are positioned, where the long points stick out, etc.

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Jason is currently BassFan.com's number 1 ranked angler.


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From Bassmaster

As I start off a new year with a new column, I have a great feeling of excitement and anticipation for what 2014 might bring. As a professional fisherman, one thing you learn really quickly is that there are very few guarantees. I think that’s very applicable for me, as a fisherman and as a person.

I have several special memories from the 2013 tournament season, but I’m handling some of them differently than others. For starters, I’m really thankful that I’m coming off the biggest year of my career. I won the Bassmaster Elite Series tournament on Bull Shoals Lake, along with two other national level events on Beaver Lake and Grand Lake.

I believe momentum has a lot to do with a fisherman’s performance, but I’m looking at 2014 for exactly what it is — a new set of tournaments. I’m not making any assumptions and I’m committed to fishing every one like it’s my first. Do I want to win again? You bet I do, but nothing that happened last year will make a fish bite this year.

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Jason Christie FalconBROKEN ARROW, OK  – Falcon Rods has signed on as Title Sponsor for Oklahoma native Jason Christie, perhaps the fastest rising competitor on the national bass tournament scene.

With a busy 2014 schedule of national tournaments, Christie will compete from the Falcon Rods bass boat. The Falcon Rods brand logo will have premium visibility at all of Christie’s tournament weigh-ins and public appearances, on his websites and on his vehicle and vessel wraps. Christie will continue to work closely with Falcon on its Jason Christie Signature Rod Series.

“We are all-in with Jason,” said Falcon Founder John Beckwith. “We have known and supported Jason from the beginning of his career. He is a winner, which he has proved over and over with his numerous victories and top ten finishes. Jason is on a roll and Falcon Rods is excited about the rewards this new partnership will bring.”

“Falcon Rods is a great fit for me,” said Christie, of Park Hill, Oklahoma. “I’ve been fishing with Falcon since my first year as a pro. That’s thousands and thousands of casts. And I have never broken a Falcon. Never. I fish Falcon and that’s that.”

Since 2011 Christie has won seven events including four majors—one Bassmaster Elite tournament and three Walmart-FLW tour events.  Christie qualified for the Bassmaster Elite Series and in 15 Bassmaster events he placed first in three and in the top ten in four more.

In 2012 Christie won two Bassmaster Opens, which put him into the field for the 2013 Bassmaster Classic on Oklahoma’s Grand Lake where he finished seventh. Five times Christie qualified for the Forest Wood Cup.

Recently Falcon Rods added the new made-in-America Jason Christie Signature Series to its rod line, which also includes Cara T7, Cara Reaction, Cara Micro, Cara Peacock Bass, Cara Mike McClelland, BuCoo, BuCoo Micro, LowRider, LowRider Salt, Coastal XG, HD and Original. There are three spinning reel models in the Falcon product lineup -- Back Country, Volt, and Moxie.

For 2014 Christie said he would be fishing in as many top-tier tournaments as possible including the Bassmaster Elite Series, the Walmart-FLW Tour, and the Toyota Texas Bass Classic on Lake Fork. “I have a really full schedule,” Christie said.

“That’s the way I like to work. I fish a lot of events and I am looking forward to showing and telling other anglers how much I trust the rods made by Falcon. The quality is excellent.”

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For immediate release January 22, 2014

Sunline America is excited to announce that Jason Christie has joined their pro staff for 2014. Jason was the hottest angler in 2013, winning three tour level events and rising to #1 ranking in the BassFan World Rankings. In his fishing career, Christie has won 10 FLW events (4 FLW and 6 BFL) and 3 BASS events (1 Elite and 2 Opens). His career winnings are in excess of $1.2 million.
Jason Christie, "fishing professionally I need a strong, easy casting, high quality line connecting me to the fish. If I lose a fish, I lose money. That's why I chose Sunline!"

 

 

 

 

Overview: Pro Web Live offers a non-traditional, cutting-edge concept coming soon to living rooms and banquet halls around the world. PWL combines a seminar, TV show, social media platform, and an online retailer into one compact interactive production that is sure to change the way you look at professional outdoor seminars forever…and it’s all live! 

The all-star lineup includes Bassfan’s current #1 World Ranked Angler and four-time tour winner Jason Christie, Host of “One More Cast” and nine-time BASS winner Shaw Grigsby, 2006 FWC Champion and eight-time FLW winner Brent Ehrler, 2011 BASS Rookie of the Year and All-Star Event Champion Ott DeFoe, 2009 TTBC World Champion and five-time FLW winner Dave Lefebre, Host of Jimmy Houston Outdoors and Chevy Pro Jimmy Houston, six-time BASS Tour winner and 12-time Classic Qualifier Edwin Evers, 2013 Classic runner-up and two-time BASS tour winner Brandon Palaniuk, 2013 BASS Angler of the Year and six-time BASS tour winner Aaron Martens, and six-time FLW winner and Wal-Mart pro Mark Rose.

Pro Web Live asked fishing fans from across the country a couple of admittedly leading, but telling questions…

Would you rather put gas in your truck, fight downtown traffic all the way to the outdoor expo, pay to park, walk a half mile while being solicited twice, stand in line, buy a ticket, pay for a flat drink and a stale snack, fight the large crowds, sit behind the tall loud guy on a little rock-hard fold up chair in the back of an over-sized room, all to listen to someone you’ve never heard of before talk about how to tie a palomar knot…only to return to your dark home late on a work night, while finally spreading the flu virus to your entire family?

…Or, would you rather come home from work, eat dinner with your family, invite a few friends over, flip open your laptop and enjoy interacting with your favorite fishing pro as he educates you in your own setting?

“Basically, this deal is a win-win for everyone”, says Jason Christie, who finished the 2013 season as the #1 angler in the World. “Like everyone else in the PWL speaker line up, I am a very busy person. I’m traveling all the time, not just to tournaments, but also to various other appearances. What Pro Web Live is doing not only makes perfect sense to the fans, but also assists someone in my situation, and I’m excited about the possibilities of engaging with more of those fishing fans because of it.”

Kellogg’s FLW Tour pro Dave Lefebre adds, “The on-line presence of the fishing industry has never been greater, and it’s no coincidence that on-line shopping is more popular now than ever before. Pro Web Live basically combines a seminar, social media, “how to” videos, and an on-line retailer into a single jam-packed, live television-like event. PWL seminar attendees get the best possible view of the newest lures, techniques, and products being discussed, along with real time links to on-line retailers where they can literally buy Brandon Palaniuk’s favorite winning Arashi crankbait as he’s talking about it. Can you imagine watching “One More Cast” and being able to ask Shaw a question as he’s talking? No other single medium (that I’m aware of) can claim these same unique and convenient opportunities. This is definitely the future!”

Pro Web Live events will include numerous guest interactive features, Power Point presentations, videos, commercials, multiple prize giveaways, special guest appearances, Q&A, and much, much more. Events will begin at 8:00 pm (Eastern Standard Time) and will require the purchase of virtual event ticket. Tickets cost $49.99 each. To attend, guests simply prepay by Credit Card, then receive a ticket through email allowing them to enter the Pro Web Live virtual seminar room, which will open an hour prior to showtime. PWL and its speakers will be providing special offers in the days leading up to their events through promotions and contests on their respective social media outlets and websites. Proweblive.com also offers subscription opportunities with exclusive member advantages, and will archive past recorded shows for resale as they become available.

Pro Web Live emphasizes the fact that each ticket belongs to a computer, not necessarily a single person. Large groups are more than welcome to purchase a single ticket to display PWL Live events on a big screen to their guests. Pro Web Live welcomes groups of all sizes, right down to the guy inviting a few buddies over to watch and interact with a pro in his garage or man cave!

Boasting an impressive all-star line-up of fishing’s top pro anglers, PWL will offer a total twenty-four 90 to 120-minute, fully interactive, limited seating, on-line LIVE events this season. Live events tickets are on sale now! To view the complete 2014 Pro Web Live schedule and seminar topics, take advantage of PWL subscriptions and opportunities, and to purchase live event tickets, please visit www.Proweblive.com!

Courtesy  Moore, OK – Selection for the ALL-BZ Team took into account overall performance in the FLW EverStarts, Bassmaster Opens, PAA Tournament Series, FLW Tour Majors, and Bassmaster Elite Series, as well as the three major championship tournaments: The Bassmaster Classic, Forrest Wood Cup, and Toyota Texas Bass Classic.     The five anglers selected this year combined for seven victories in the Bassmaster Opens, FLW Tour, Bassmaster Elite Series, Forrest Wood Cup, and TTBC.  Both of the Angler Of the Year winners (Aaron Martens on the Elite Series and Andy Morgan on the FLW Tour) earned a spot on the 2013 ALL-BZ Team despite the fact that neither one of them was able to post a victory during the year. Consistency was the name of the game for the AOY champs in 2013, as Martens and Morgan combined to post 10 top 15 finishes in a combined total of 14 Elite Series and FLW Tour tournaments.    2013 also saw several anglers post multiple victories.  Jason Christie won three tour level events (two FLW Tour tournaments and an Elite Series tournament), Randall Tharp won the Forrest Wood Cup and a Bassmaster Central Open, and Keith Combs won the Elite Series on Falcon Lake and the Toyota Texas Bass Classic on Lake Conroe.   - See more at: http://www.basszone.com/featured-stories/m.blog/58/the-2013-all-bz-team#sthash.M2rp6ebE.dpuf

Jason ChristieMoore, OK – Selection for the ALL-BZ Team took into account overall performance in the FLW EverStarts, Bassmaster Opens, PAA Tournament Series, FLW Tour Majors, and Bassmaster Elite Series, as well as the three major championship tournaments: The Bassmaster Classic, Forrest Wood Cup, and Toyota Texas Bass Classic.   

The five anglers selected this year combined for seven victories in the Bassmaster Opens, FLW Tour, Bassmaster Elite Series, Forrest Wood Cup, and TTBC.

Both of the Angler Of the Year winners (Aaron Martens on the Elite Series and Andy Morgan on the FLW Tour) earned a spot on the 2013 ALL-BZ Team despite the fact that neither one of them was able to post a victory during the year. Consistency was the name of the game for the AOY champs in 2013, as Martens and Morgan combined to post 10 top 15 finishes in a combined total of 14 Elite Series and FLW Tour tournaments.  

2013 also saw several anglers post multiple victories.  Jason Christie won three tour level events (two FLW Tour tournaments and an Elite Series tournament), Randall Tharp won the Forrest Wood Cup and a Bassmaster Central Open, and Keith Combs won the Elite Series on Falcon Lake and the Toyota Texas Bass Classic on Lake Conroe. 

Jason Christie
1st Place – FLW Tour Major, Beaver Lake
1st Place – FLW Tour Major, Grand Lake (led wire-to-wire)
1st Place – Bassmaster Elite Series, Bull Shoals Lake
4th Place – FLW Tour Major, Lewis Smith Lake
7th Place – 2013 Bassmaster Classic, Grand Lake
4th Place – FLW Tour Angler OF the Year point standings
6th Place – Bassmaster Central Open, Arkansas River
Fished in both the 2013 Bassmaster Classic and 2013 Forrest Wood Cup
Three Top 20 finishes in Bassmaster Elite Series competition
Three Tour level wins in 2013

See more at: BassZone

Moore, OK – Selection for the ALL-BZ Team took into account overall performance in the FLW EverStarts, Bassmaster Opens, PAA Tournament Series, FLW Tour Majors, and Bassmaster Elite Series, as well as the three major championship tournaments: The Bassmaster Classic, Forrest Wood Cup, and Toyota Texas Bass Classic.   

The five anglers selected this year combined for seven victories in the Bassmaster Opens, FLW Tour, Bassmaster Elite Series, Forrest Wood Cup, and TTBC.

Both of the Angler Of the Year winners (Aaron Martens on the Elite Series and Andy Morgan on the FLW Tour) earned a spot on the 2013 ALL-BZ Team despite the fact that neither one of them was able to post a victory during the year. Consistency was the name of the game for the AOY champs in 2013, as Martens and Morgan combined to post 10 top 15 finishes in a combined total of 14 Elite Series and FLW Tour tournaments.  

2013 also saw several anglers post multiple victories.  Jason Christie won three tour level events (two FLW Tour tournaments and an Elite Series tournament), Randall Tharp won the Forrest Wood Cup and a Bassmaster Central Open, and Keith Combs won the Elite Series on Falcon Lake and the Toyota Texas Bass Classic on Lake Conroe.  

Jason Christie
1st Place – FLW Tour Major, Beaver Lake
1st Place – FLW Tour Major, Grand Lake (led wire-to-wire)
1st Place – Bassmaster Elite Series, Bull Shoals Lake
4th Place – FLW Tour Major, Lewis Smith Lake
7th Place – 2013 Bassmaster Classic, Grand Lake
4th Place – FLW Tour Angler OF the Year point standings
6th Place – Bassmaster Central Open, Arkansas River
Fished in both the 2013 Bassmaster Classic and 2013 Forrest Wood Cup
Three Top 20 finishes in Bassmaster Elite Series competition
Three Tour level wins in 2013

- See more at: http://www.basszone.com/featured-stories/m.blog/58/the-2013-all-bz-team#sthash.M2rp6ebE.dpuf

Moore, OK – Selection for the ALL-BZ Team took into account overall performance in the FLW EverStarts, Bassmaster Opens, PAA Tournament Series, FLW Tour Majors, and Bassmaster Elite Series, as well as the three major championship tournaments: The Bassmaster Classic, Forrest Wood Cup, and Toyota Texas Bass Classic.   

The five anglers selected this year combined for seven victories in the Bassmaster Opens, FLW Tour, Bassmaster Elite Series, Forrest Wood Cup, and TTBC.

Both of the Angler Of the Year winners (Aaron Martens on the Elite Series and Andy Morgan on the FLW Tour) earned a spot on the 2013 ALL-BZ Team despite the fact that neither one of them was able to post a victory during the year. Consistency was the name of the game for the AOY champs in 2013, as Martens and Morgan combined to post 10 top 15 finishes in a combined total of 14 Elite Series and FLW Tour tournaments.  

2013 also saw several anglers post multiple victories.  Jason Christie won three tour level events (two FLW Tour tournaments and an Elite Series tournament), Randall Tharp won the Forrest Wood Cup and a Bassmaster Central Open, and Keith Combs won the Elite Series on Falcon Lake and the Toyota Texas Bass Classic on Lake Conroe.  

Jason Christie
1st Place – FLW Tour Major, Beaver Lake
1st Place – FLW Tour Major, Grand Lake (led wire-to-wire)
1st Place – Bassmaster Elite Series, Bull Shoals Lake
4th Place – FLW Tour Major, Lewis Smith Lake
7th Place – 2013 Bassmaster Classic, Grand Lake
4th Place – FLW Tour Angler OF the Year point standings
6th Place – Bassmaster Central Open, Arkansas River
Fished in both the 2013 Bassmaster Classic and 2013 Forrest Wood Cup
Three Top 20 finishes in Bassmaster Elite Series competition
Three Tour level wins in 2013

- See more at: http://www.basszone.com/featured-stories/m.blog/58/the-2013-all-bz-team#sthash.M2rp6ebE.dpuf

Moore, OK – Selection for the ALL-BZ Team took into account overall performance in the FLW EverStarts, Bassmaster Opens, PAA Tournament Series, FLW Tour Majors, and Bassmaster Elite Series, as well as the three major championship tournaments: The Bassmaster Classic, Forrest Wood Cup, and Toyota Texas Bass Classic.   

The five anglers selected this year combined for seven victories in the Bassmaster Opens, FLW Tour, Bassmaster Elite Series, Forrest Wood Cup, and TTBC.

Both of the Angler Of the Year winners (Aaron Martens on the Elite Series and Andy Morgan on the FLW Tour) earned a spot on the 2013 ALL-BZ Team despite the fact that neither one of them was able to post a victory during the year. Consistency was the name of the game for the AOY champs in 2013, as Martens and Morgan combined to post 10 top 15 finishes in a combined total of 14 Elite Series and FLW Tour tournaments.  

2013 also saw several anglers post multiple victories.  Jason Christie won three tour level events (two FLW Tour tournaments and an Elite Series tournament), Randall Tharp won the Forrest Wood Cup and a Bassmaster Central Open, and Keith Combs won the Elite Series on Falcon Lake and the Toyota Texas Bass Classic on Lake Conroe.  

Jason Christie
1st Place – FLW Tour Major, Beaver Lake
1st Place – FLW Tour Major, Grand Lake (led wire-to-wire)
1st Place – Bassmaster Elite Series, Bull Shoals Lake
4th Place – FLW Tour Major, Lewis Smith Lake
7th Place – 2013 Bassmaster Classic, Grand Lake
4th Place – FLW Tour Angler OF the Year point standings
6th Place – Bassmaster Central Open, Arkansas River
Fished in both the 2013 Bassmaster Classic and 2013 Forrest Wood Cup
Three Top 20 finishes in Bassmaster Elite Series competition
Three Tour level wins in 2013

- See more at: http://www.basszone.com/featured-stories/m.blog/58/the-2013-all-bz-team#sthash.M2rp6ebE.dpuf

Photo courtesy FLW Outdoors

Rayovac pro Jason Christie of Park Hill, Okla., was awarded the second annual Forrest L. Wood Sportsmanship and Community Leadership Award on Saturday, and a donation will be made to Christie’s charity of choice. FLW recognized the angler that exemplified the ideals of sportsmanship and community service throughout the 2013 season. The Forrest L. Wood Sportsmanship and Community Leadership Award recognizes the individual who displayed overall commitment of sportsmanship and community leadership, on and off the water, by displaying ethical behavior, upholding integrity, class, selflessness, conservation efforts and kindness to others.

History In Elk Gave Christie An Edge


courtesy bassfan

By Todd Ceisner
BassFan Editor

When the 2013 FLW Tour schedule was released and it included a June event at Grand Lake O' The Cherokees, Jason Christie thought for sure it'd be won out away from the bank. He wasn't alone in his reasoning. Many others came prepared for an offshore derby last week, but heavy rains brought the lake way up, flooding thousands of acres of buck brush and willows.

In the end, it turned into an old school, power-fishing flip fest, the kind Christie seems to excel at. Heck, these days, there's not much the Park Hill, Okla., native doesn't do well. He's made a recent habit of winning tour-level events and the Grand Lake triumph marked his third victory of the season and catapulted him back to the No. 1 spot in the BassFan World Rankings presented by Livingston Lures.

"They all have their place," he said when asked to rank his victories this year. "Beaver (Lake) was special because well, it's Beaver and that's the kind of fishery people wouldn't expect me to win at. Then to win an Elite Series (Bull Shoals Lake) against those guys was a special thing. This one might be the most special, though. It's hard to win on your home lake. I don't care if you're Kevin VanDam in Michigan or Terry Scroggins in Florida, it's hard to win. All of the pressure's on you."

He said one thing that tripped him up when he finished 7th at the Bassmaster Classic at Grand back in February was that he got caught up running around to spots where he'd caught them before at the same time of year or in similar cold conditions. Last week, he fished memories again. This time, though, he set up camp in the Elk River and barely budged. He burned very little fuel and picked apart a flooded island that drew wads of fish to it when the water came up.

Once the water stabilized and began dropping slightly, it put the fish on the edges and consequently right in his crosshairs. He opened with a tournament-best 21-12 on day 1, but his weight dipped 3 pounds on day 2 and another pound on day 3. He rocked 19-13 on Sunday to win by more than 5 pounds over Bryan Thrift. Despite sharing water with Andy Morgan, who wound up 7th, he proved there were plenty of quality fish to go around.

"I really wanted to fish deep because I thought it was my best chance to win," he said. "Looking back on it, it would've put a lot of people in a few areas. With the water coming up, it came up real fast and it took the fish a while move in. I think they really moved in on the off day (Wednesday) and when it started to slowly come down, all that did was replenish the fish."

Here's how he did it.

Practice

With so much rain falling during practice, it was hard to tell where the water would rise to as it had the post-spawn fish scattered pretty well. Those who tried to get something going out deep quickly realized the swarm of boats beating the bank probably had the right idea.

Christie was no different, but he knew enough not to waste an inordinate amount of time out deep.

"To illustrate how bad my practice was, on day 1, I started in a place I thought I could catch 10 pounds," he said. "Then I figured I'd go practicing again. I went in there to catch 10 pounds and caught two keepers and a 5-pounder, then I went to the Elk River. There's no place on the lake I had more confidence in than there. I caught a fish or two on a few places on the way back in, but 95 percent of the fish I weighed were caught in the Elk."

Competition

> Day 1: 5, 21-12
> Day 2: 5, 18-14
> Day 3: 5, 17-10
> Day 4: 5, 19-13
> Total = 20, 78-01

With the Grand River Dam Authority (GRDA) siphoning a lot of water out of the lake on day 1, there was a good amount of current moving through the system and Christie said much of his game plan was dependent on the generation schedule.

With the water up in the bushes and muddy, he headed up the Elk River, which typically holds cleaner water by comparison. Clarity wasn't the draw for him, though. About 10 years ago, he fished a team tournament at Grand under similar conditions around the same time of year. He and his partner fished the Elk that day and nearly won the derby.

"What separates that place from lot of the rest of the lake is it has a big bay with an island in it," he said. "It can be overwhelming for a lot of guys because there's really no place to start or end.

"I told (Andy) Morgan I've been fishing up there for 20 years and it took me a long time to figure out that this place is the juice. It's the only area in the river that has a bunch of cover like that. It's real wooly."

He crushed a tournament-best 21-12 to open the event, catching a couple weigh fish on a frog before picking up his flipping rod.

"We went through there on day 1 and cleaned them out, then the water came down and that drew them out to the outside edge," he added.

The water level began to stabilize on day 2 and he stuck 18-14 as his lead grew to more than 2 1/2 pounds over Robbie Dodson. With the water leveling off, it allowed the fish to get settled in and made them easier to target, but execution was a challenge around the gnarly limbs, logs and other submerged obstacles.

"I lost a couple of fish, but never saw them," he said. "I didn't think they were giants, but I caught some fish last week that I shouldn't have caught so it all evens out."

He boated 17-10 on day 3 for his smallest limit of the event, but it helped him carry a 3 1/2-pound advantage into the final day over Barry Wilson.

Lews BB1He lost a big one right away on the final day and was worried it would be a harbinger of things to come. Instead, he capitalized on a mid-day flurry and put it out of reach with a 4-pounder with less than 2 hours left.

"I figured it out day to day," he said. "Some days, it was based on water flow and some days they were on the points and other days they were way back in the stuff. I fished really slow all week. I had to cover everything and I think that's what helped me. I didn't go through it real fast. When I got to my area on day 4, I never fished the same stuff twice even though it wasn't that big of an area.

"I only ran around a little crazy on day 3, but I was trying to let my co-angler catch a couple. Overall, I didn't burn very much gas. This was pretty cool, though. I did it in a way that is the reason I like to flip. It was close contact, old-school flipping. I caught them flipping at Smith Lake earlier this year, but I'd only get five or 10 bites a day. Here, guys were talking on day 4 about getting 50 bites on the 4th day! It was a lot of fun. My hands and knees are all scarred up from being on the front deck and landing so many fish. It was an awesome week."

Pattern Notes

> Entering the tournament, Christie figured someone would pop a limit in the 23- or 24-pound neighborhood, but with the water so dirty and slow to clear up, he thinks it took a lot of post-spawn females out of play.

"With the late spawn, I think a lot of the females had already moved out and they just weren't catchable," he said. "The water clarity wasn't conducive. What people don't realize is a lot of those 3- to 4-pound fish we caught were males. I've seen hundreds of pairs of fish up shallow here with a 4-pound male and a 5-pound female. Grand just has a ton of fish like that."

> He estimated the area he fished all week to be about 100 acres and it was chock full of targets. The deepest fish he caught during the event was in about 5 feet of water.

"There's a lot of stuff to fish and if you wanted to fish it all, it would take you from daylight to dark," he said. "You could sit out in the middle and see it all."

He said the key was employing the same technique he used 10 years ago in the local team tournament.

"I figured out a pattern that day which is what I used this week to win," he said. "You could flip your bait in there and let it go to the bottom and get bit now and then. I likened it more to flipping in Florida. You'd flip in there and let it go to the bottom, but I'd bring it up quickly to the limb or log and just shake it. That just drove them crazy. As soon as it went in the water or when I'd bring it up to the limb is when they'd take it. It was something I figured out in the same place at the same time of year.

"I also saw that day how many big fish that lived there. The island makes it a special place. It's about 500 yards long and maybe 75 to 100 yards at its widest point. When the lake comes up, it's not an island anymore. It's just a big grove of trees and the fish move in there. As the water starts coming down, they start pulling out to the outside. Every day with the water coming down, it just pushed more fish out to me."

Winning Gear Notes

> Frog gear: 6'11" heavy-action Falcon Cara T7 Jason Christie Signature Series frog rod, Lew's Super Duty casting reel (7.1:1 ratio), unnamed 50-pound braided line, BOOYAH Poppin' Pad Crasher Frog (dart frog).

> Flipping gear: 7'3" heavy-action Falcon Cara T7 swimbait rod, Lew's Speed Spool BB1 casting reel (7.1:1 ratio), 25-pound Silver Thread fluorocarbon line, unnamed 1/2-oz. flipping weight, 6/0 Lazer TroKar flipping hook, YUM Wooly Bug (green-pumpkin purple).

> He also flipped a creature bait later in the event.

The Bottom Line

> Main factor in his success : "Having confidence in the Elk River. In practice last week, I had two 4-pound bites up the Elk."

> Performance edge: "My Power-Poles. That was the deal. I had a spectator on the second day tell me that he's lived on Grand for years and never thought he'd need Power-Poles, but after watching me he said, 'Now I see why I need them.' They were up and down 100 times today. I caught a lot of fish with those poles down. The other thing, too, is when you were up in the willows, they'd act as natural limb deterrents to keep the willow branches off your engine."

Notable

> Christie said he'd been trying to convince FLW to stage a tournament at Grand for several years. "I'd been on (tournament director Bill) Taylor to get FLW to come here just because I wanted to show the lake off," he said. "I know the Elites did it with the Classic and I wanted FLW to do it. The flip side of having a tournament so close to home is all the pressure you put on yourself. I hope they come back and I think they will. Grove is starting to make a big push to have some big tournaments and I think you'll start seeing a (Bassmaster) Open or an EverStart (Series) or a tour event here every year."

09.Jun.2013

GROVE, Okla. – Rayovac pro Jason Christie of Park Hill, Okla., had never fished in a four-day tournament on his home waters of Grand Lake of the Cherokees. After leading the first three days of competition at the Walmart FLW Tour at Grand Lake presented by Castrol, all that he needed was one more solid day’s weight to claim his second FLW Tour title of the season.

 Christie caught a five-bass limit weighing 19 pounds, 13 ounces Sunday to win $126,000 with a four-day catch of 20 bass weighing 78-1. The catch gave Christie the win by a 5-pound, 5-ounce margin over Chevy pro Bryan Thrift of Shelby, N.C., who surged to his second consecutive second-place finish on the FLW Tour with a four-day total of 20 bass weighing 72-12, earning him $34,266.

“This was such a special week for me,” said Christie, who earned his sixth career victory on Grand Lake in FLW competition. “The way that I was catching them, it brought back a lot of memories. I bet my co-anglers were tired of hearing all of my stories. This lake is responsible for teaching me how to fish.”

Christie said that his main area that he fished this week was a 20-acre stretch in Elk River.

“The main reason that I went there was because that it was an area that I had the most confidence in,” Christie said. “It was only 20 acres, but there is a lot of fishing in that 20 acres – a lot of shoreline, a lot of bushes and a lot of places for the bass to hide.

“The area is on an island,” Christie continued. “When that current gets rolling and rolls around the tips of that island, it really gets the big ones going up there. It was pretty simple. I just got in the bushes and put my head down and got busy.”

Christie estimated that 95 percent of the fish that he caught this week came by flipping, but said that he switched up his baits every day. He boated some key fish the first day on a black BOOYAH Poppin’ Pad Crasher. Other baits that produced for him throughout the week were a YUM F2 Wooly Bug, a BOOYAH jig and an unnamed creature bait.

 “I was using a 7-foot, 3-inch Falcon Rod paired with a Lew’s BB1 7.1:1 reel. It was spooled with 20-pound-test fluorocarbon line using Lazer Trokar Flippin hooks. I never missed one fish all week,” Christie said.

 “The pressure is off for me for the rest of the year,” Christie went on to say. “I don’t have a chance to beat these guys for Angler of the Year, and I think I’m already in the Forrest Wood Cup. So, I’m just going to go up to Chickamauga and try to win. Everyone likes to peg me as a shallow-water fisherman, but I love to fish deep. I’m looking forward to that.”

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