Diet Mountain Dew pro Jason Christie is in charge on day one of the Walmart FLW Tour event on Lake Hartwell with a five bass limit topping the scales at 22 pounds, 4 ounces. (Photo by Rob Newell)

Diet Mountain Dew pro dominates Lake Hartwell tournament
MINNEAPOLIS — South Carolina’s Lake Hartwell served as the venue for the third Walmart FLW Tour event of the season. And while Hartwell is known for its clear water and blueback herring, pro Jason Christie ignored both and chose to explore the shallow, stained water in Beaverdam Creek. Fishing to his strengths, the Oklahoma native said he felt right at home slinging spinnerbaits to isolated pieces of cover. The result was a dominating wire-to-wire win, his first on Tour. Complete coverage of the event will air May 8 from 1-2 p.m. ET on VERSUS as part of the weekly “FLW Outdoors” program.

PAA All Star Winning Pattern
Huge Day-2 Stringer Put Christie In Command


Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Photo: PAA/Chris Dutton / Eagle Productions
Jason Christie's victory at the PAA All Star Series event came just a month after his win at the Hartwell FLW Tour Major.

This winning thing is becoming a habit for Jason Christie.

The 37-year-old former teacher and basketball coach from Oklahoma won his first tour-level event just a month ago when he topped the Hartwell FLW Tour Major in South Carolina. Last week he did it again, prevailing over a field of 48 qualifiers and invitees at the inaugural PAA All Star Series event at Lake Ray Hubbard in Texas.

The 4th-year pro took command of the tournament with an event-best 25.33-pound sack on day 2, then backed it up with an 18.33 final-day stringer to outdistance runner-up Todd Auten by slightly less than 4 pounds.

Here's how he did it.


Like the majority of the field, Christie had never been to Ray Hubbard before. The impoundment, which covers less than 23,000 acres at full pool, is rife with quality fish, but they tend to be congregated at one end or the other (either the dam or up the river).

He had to start his practice somewhere, so he chose the dam end.

Christie picks up Weigh-to-Win bonus

April 25, 2011 | PAA

Diet Mountain Dew pro Jason Christie of Oklahoma won the inaugural Bass Pro Shops PAA All Star Series title last week on Lake Ray Hubbard and got a little boost in his pocket, too.

Christie signed up for the BoatUS Angler Weigh-to-Win tournament incentive program. It’s pretty easy to do, and Christie pocketed an extra $500 for participating and winning. He also picked up a bonus in March, as did PAA members Jimmy Mason of Alabama, Stephen Browning of Arkansas, Edwin Evers of Oklahoma, Russell Cecil of Texas and Rob Digh of North Carolina.

Getting signed up is pretty easy, too. Just visit or call (877) 584-2628 or (918) 742-6424 to purchase an affordable Unlimited On the Road or On the Water BoatUS Angler towing membership. Then plug your membership number into the Weigh-to-Win registration form, and you’re ready to go.

PAA Photo: Chris Dutton / Eagle Productions
Article used courtesy PAA.

18.35 Sack Seals It
Oklahoma's Christie Makes It 2 Wins In 2 Months

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Photo: PAA/Chris Dutton / Eagle Productions
Jason Christie's 18.35-pound sack was headed up by a pair of 5-pounders.

Jason Christie's 2011 season hasn't been extremely consistent to this point. But when he's been good, he's been spectacular.

The Oklahoman weighed an 18.35-pound sack today to win the PAA All Star Series event at Lake Ray Hubbard in Texas with a 3-day total of 61.93. It was his second triumph in less than a month – he topped the Hartwell FLW Tour major in late March.

Todd Auten, the day-1 leader, caught a day-best 21.60 today to finish as the runner-up after starting the day in 5th place. His 57.95 total was just under 4 pounds shy of Christie's.

Matt Reed and Ott DeFoe each surrendered one position in the standings today and ended up 3rd and 4th, respectively. Reed boxed 16.54 for a 56.80 total and DeFoe caught 17.95 for a 56.05 aggregate.

Dave Mansue completed the Top 5 with 15.37 today for a 50.91 total.


[ 0 ] April 23, 2011 | PAA

Jason Christie of Oklahoma wins with almost 62 pounds. (PAA: Chris Dutton)

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GARLAND, Texas – Diet Mountain Dew pro Jason Christie won the inaugural Bass Pro Shops PAA All Star Series title with a three-day total of 61.93 pounds on Lake Ray Hubbard, bringing in a limit weighing 18.35 pounds on the final day to secure the win by four pounds.

Christie threw a green pumpkin Booyah jig with a Yum Money Craw or Craw Papi trailer on 25-pound Silver Thread fluorocarbon all week. He fished up the lake at the convergence of two rivers and in the East Fork Trinity River.

Christie Surges into All Star Lead!

[ 1 ] April 22, 2011 | PAA

Diet Mountain Dew pro Jason Christie with part of his 25.33 pound catch. (PAA: Chris Dutton)

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GARLAND, Texas – Diet Mountain Dew pro Jason Christie of Oklahoma bolted to the lead Friday in the Bass Pro Shops PAA All Star Series after smashing Lake Ray Hubbard for a limit weighing 25.33 pounds and two-day total of 43.58.

“It was one of those days when it seemed like I could pull in anywhere and catch one,” Christie said.

His catch started with a 5-pounder Friday morning and then an 8.37 pounder that sits as the tournament’s big bass. Southern winds up to 25-30 mph battered the lake but Christie said he believes that helped him.

“I think it positioned the fish in the shallow drains a little better,” he said. “I’m just throwing a Booyah jig and spinnerbait, and covering water.”

Nitro pro Matt Reed of Texas is on his heels with 40.26 pounds after another consistent day. Reed caught a limit early, then his biggest that weighed 6.54 pounds and “culled a little bit the rest of the day, but didn’t get another big bite.”

The PAA All Star Series featured 48 of the world’s best anglers in a fight to the championship. The best athletes in the sport helped comprise the field, qualifying through the 2010 PAA Tournament Series standings or as special invitees. Up for grabs is $100,000 in cash and a new Nitro Z-8 boat outfitted with a Mercury 225 and T-H Marine Atlas jackplate, along with a Minn Kota Talon shallow water anchor for the tournament’s big bass winner.

Lake Ray Hubbard and the city of Garland welcomed major league fishing here for the week. The no-entry fee All Star Series event is part of the evolution of the sport and something anglers have wanted for years. Bass Pro Shops on I-30 is the site for the morning launches, at 7 a.m., and afternoon weigh-ins, at 3 p.m.

From the field that featured numerous tournament winners, FLW, PAA and B.A.S.S. Anglers of the Year and champions, the final 12 pros sport an impressive resume.

Christie claimed the FLW Tour title at Lake Hartwell in March, while Reed is coming off a Top 12 cut last week in the Bassmaster Elite Series at Toledo Bend. Nitro pro Ott Defoe of Tennessee leads the Bassmaster Rookie of the Year standings.

Other notables include former Toyota Texas Bass Classic champions Brian Snowden of Missouri and Dave Lefebre of Pennsylvania, former Bassmaster Rookie of the Year Dave Wolak of North Carolina, former B.A.S.S. Angler of the Year Aaron Martens and 2002 Bassmaster Classic champion Woo Daves of Virginia. The dozen pros have combined to win nearly $10 million during their careers.

The Top 12 who will fish Saturday:

1. Jason Christie, Oklahoma, 43.58
2. Matt Reed, Texas, 40.26
3. Ott DeFoe, Tennessee, 38.10
4. Brian Snowden, Missouri, 37.73
5. Todd Auten, South Carolina, 36.35
6. Dave Mansue, Texas, 35.79
7. Stephen Johnston, Texas, 34.36
8. Aaron Martens, Alabama, 31.51
9. Dave Lefebre, Pennsylvania, 31.22
10. Dave Wolak, North Carolina, 31.05
11. Woo Daves, Virginia, 31.22
12. Harold Allen, Texas, 30.66
Two-day total fish/weight: 404 fish, 1,187.99 pounds
Big fish: Jason Christie, 8.37 pounds

Christie’s fishing up

Christie made the run up Hubbard to two tributaries and the juncture of those where the current, vegetation and cover attracted a handful of All Star pros.

Jason Christie works along the Trinity River banks. (PAA: Alan Clemons)

He’s working a one-two punch of an early-morning bite in that area before going into the Trinity River to flip cover. Whether it was pressure from the first day or weather, or both, the bite didn’t materialize early on Friday.

“I struggled until about 9 a.m. and then caught that 5-pounder,” he said. “Then I caught the big one and was shaking the rest of the day. You don’t always start your day with a big one like that. I left that area and it seemed like wherever I went, I could catch one.”

Christie’s 25.33-pound limit is the biggest of the tournament and on par with predictions from locals. But that surge didn’t occur this week like expected. The wind is playing a role in that, along with the bass spawn that is tailing off a bit.

At least two other All Star finalists are in the same area. Along with Saturday locals, it could be a grind.

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Auten Drops To 5th
Christie Tops 25, Leads By 3 Heading To Final Day

Friday, April 22, 2011

Photo: PAA/Chris Dutton / Eagle Productions
Jason Christie's tournament-best bag moved him up seven places and into the lead.

You can't fight Mother Nature, so you might as well make the best of what she gives you.

Oklahoma FLW Tour pro Jason Christie took over the lead today at the PAA All-Star Series event at Lake Ray Hubbard in Texas as he boxed 25.33 pounds to give him a 2-day total of 43.58. He took advantage of the ferocious wind, which blew so hard that it created an artificial current in the area he was fishing and positioned the bass in placers where they were easier to catch.

He'll carry a lead of about 3 1/4 pounds over 2nd-place Matt Reed into the final day. Reed caught 19.01 to bring his total to 40.26.

Another 2 pounds back in 3rd place is Ott DeFoe, whose 19 1/2-pound bag gave him a 38.10 aggregate. Brian Snowden dropped two places to 4th with a 15.71-pound sack for a 37.73 total.

Pro winner Jason Christie holds up part of his 14-pound, 13-ounce final-day stringer. (Photo by Brett Carlson)

Diet Mountain Dew pro claims first Walmart FLW Tour win on Lake Hartwell
27.Mar.2011 by Brett Carlson
GREENVILLE, S.C. – Many professional anglers go their entire career questioning if they’ll ever win a tour-level bass tournament. But for Jason Christie, a fisherman of immense talent, it was never a question of “if” but “when.” When turned out to be the third Walmart FLW Tour qualifier of 2011 on Lake Hartwell.

Four times in his career Christie has led an FLW Tour event, only have to have it slip away for one reason or another. In 2009, he led the Beaver Lake tournament heading into the final day only to fall to fourth. But Christie never doubted his breakthrough win would come and neither did those who know him well.

Christie Cruises To 10-Pound Hartwell Blowout

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Photo: FLW Outdoors
Jason Christie wants to blow up his trophy into 1,000 pieces – that's how many people deserve a piece of it, he says.

Jason Christie almost up and left the spot that had treated him so well across the first 3 days of the Hartwell FLW Tour Major in South Carolina. He worked through the area once and didn't get a bite on his spinnerbait.

But then at 9:30 he made a little change to an adjacent creek and boated his first fish. It had pulled away from the bank, presumably because of the cold water dumping into the lake from the frigid rainstorms. That fish convinced him to stay and he rode the area to another solid limit and a wire-to-wire victory – his first at the tour level.

Christie's 14-13 limit today brought his 4-day total to 70-11 – an average of nearly 18 pounds a day – and he pocketed $100,000 plus a $25,000 contingency bonus.

Christie In Command With 6-Pound Lead, Monsoor 2nd

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Photo: FLW Outdoors
Jason Christie wants to win more for his family than himself. They pushed him to be out here, and he wants to prove them right.

The rain came down and the pollen blew, which made sight-fishing all but impossible today at the Hartwell FLW Tour Major in South Carolina. It helped the spinnerbait/jerkbait bite though, and Oklahoma pro Jason Christie threw the blade for most of the day. He roped 13-06 – his lightest limit so far after back-to-back 20-plus sacks – but easily retained the lead.

Christie's 3-day, 55-14 total is just 4 pounds short of the widely cited predicted winning weight of 60 pounds.

Christie's lead did dwindle a bit though. He started the day 9 pounds ahead of Wisconsin pro Tom Monsoor. But Monsoor weighed 16-06 on a jerkbait, the heaviest limit of the day by far, and pulled 3 pounds closer to Christie.

Stacey King leads the quartet of pros who also made the Top 10 a few weeks ago at Beaver. King, who finished 2nd at Beaver, is blind-casting in a dirty-water bedding area and weighed 13-02 today. The healthy catch bumped him up two places to 3rd.

Christie Crushes 20-Plus Again, Widens Lead To 9

Friday, March 25, 2011

Photo: FLW Outdoors
Jason Christie caught a lot of his weight late and says he 'pulled one out of a hat' today.

They say that to win at the tour level, it has to be your time. And it could be Jason Christie's time. The third-year Oklahoma pro lost a 5-pounder yesterday just as it went in the net. And the same thing happened today.

He's been close enough several times over the past two seasons to smell a victory, but with the thoughts of those two 5-pound rescues in mind, he feels destiny might finally pay a visit to his boat.

He caught 20-04 today – day 2 of the Hartwell FLW Tour Major in South Carolina. It was his second 20-plus-pound sack and his combined 42-08 weight affords him a massive 9-pound lead with 2 days left to fish.

The term "massive" is appropriate because from 2nd-place through the rest of the standings, weights are separated by ounces, not pounds. Nobody's come close to weighing 20-plus pounds both days, and 2nd-place Tom Monsoor is averaging a little more than 16 1/2 pounds a day.

Monsoor weighed 18 1/2 pounds yesterday and 15 today.

There's been significant flip-flops – perhaps the result of the change from harsh winds to clear, cold and still conditions today. One example is Mike Reynolds, who caught 22 pounds on a swimbait yesterday and a mere 10 pounds today on a shakey-head. The light day dropped Reynolds five spots to 7th.

Todd Auten, on the other hand, has been consistent with weights of 17-03 and 15-11, which moved him up from 11th to 3rd.

Red-hot Bryan Thrift dumped two 4-pounders yesterday, but kept his fish buttoned today and came to shore with 19-10 – the day's second-best bag. He rocketed up from 42nd to 4th.

And Stacey King, who's sharing some water with Auten, caught 18-10. That's 5 pounds more than King caught yesterday, and it boosted him from 32nd to 5th.

There's a healthy mix of sight-fishing, spawn-fishing and even some pre-spawn fishing. Monsoor notably is fishing mid-depths for pre-spawners.

The sight-fishing could take a major nosedive tomorrow though. Not only are the fish thinning out, but rain and thunderstorms are in the forecast.

The field is now cut to the Top 20 for day 3, and will cut to the Top 10 for day 4. Here's a look at that Top 20, with total weight followed by distance from leader in red.

1. Jason Christie -- Park Hill, OK -- 5, 22-04 -- 5, 20-04 -- 10, 42-08
2. Tom Monsoor -- La Crosse, WI -- 5, 18-09 -- 5, 14-14 -- 10, 33-07 (9-01)
3. Todd Auten -- Lake Wylie, SC -- 5, 17-03 -- 5, 15-11 -- 10, 32-14 (9-10)
4. Bryan Thrift -- Shelby, NC -- 5, 12-14 -- 5, 19-10 -- 10, 32-08 (10-00)
5. Stacey King -- Reeds Spring, MO -- 5, 13-13 -- 5, 18-10 -- 10, 32-07 (10-01)
6. Dan Morehead -- Paducah, KY -- 5, 17-08 -- 5, 14-11 -- 10, 32-03 (10-05)
7. Mike Reynolds -- Modesto, CA -- 5, 21-15 -- 5, 10-02 -- 10, 32-01 (10-07)
8. Brent Ehrler -- Redlands, CA -- 5, 15-13 -- 5, 15-15 -- 10, 31-12 (10-12)
9. Stetson Blaylock -- Benton, AR -- 5, 12-07 -- 5, 18-10 -- 10, 31-01 (11-07)
10. Joe Thomas -- Milford, OH -- 5, 19-10 -- 5, 11-04 -- 10, 30-14 (11-10)
11. Ishama Monroe -- Hughson, CA -- 5, 16-10 -- 5, 13-15 -- 10, 30-09 (11-15)
12. Ramie Colson, Jr. -- Cadiz, KY -- 5, 13-02 -- 5, 17-06 -- 10, 30-08 (12-00)
13. Larry Nixon -- Bee Branch, AR -- 5, 18-02 -- 5, 12-04 -- 10, 30-06 (12-02)
14. Wesley Strader -- Spring City, TN -- 5, 16-11 -- 5, 13-11 -- 10, 30-06 (12-02)
15. Justin Lucas -- Guntersville, AL -- 5, 18-02 -- 5, 12-03 -- 10, 30-05 (12-03)
16. Dave Lefebre -- Union City, PA -- 5, 12-10 -- 5, 17-04 -- 10, 29-14 (12-10)
17. Andy Morgan -- Dayton, TN -- 5, 15-11 -- 5, 14-01 -- 10, 29-12 (12-12)
18. Jimmy Houston -- Cookson, OK -- 5, 19-03 -- 5, 10-04 -- 10, 29-07 (13-01)
19. JT Kenney -- Palm Bay, FL -- 5, 14-08 -- 5, 14-09 -- 10, 29-01 (13-07)
20. Troy Morrow -- Toccoa, GA -- 5, 11-11 -- 5, 17-04 -- 10, 28-15 (13-09)

Christie's lead is obviously massive, but the rain tomorrow might allow the reaction-bait patterns to shine like they did on day 1.

It's easily conceivable that Christie could catch 10 tomorrow and others 20, and just as conceivable that someone could chip away at him with strong bags the next 2 days.

At this point, though, it's Christie's to lose. He's in perfect position to all but seal his first tour-level victory tomorrow.

Christie Improved Late

> Day 2: 5, 20-04 (10, 42-08)

Five times now Christie has penetrated the Top 10. That's significant for a third-year pro. And he's opened with game-changing bags before, but this time he followed it up.

He said everything feels different this time around.

"I told my roommate, even before practice started, that I just felt good about this tournament. Yesterday I had a big fish come off at the net – my co-angler caught it. You'd think with something like that it could be destiny, but it happened again today. I've been fortunate to have some good net men. I think with that kind of fortune, maybe things could be good.

"I had a chance at two other big fish today that I didn't get," he added. "Hopefully they'll be there tomorrow. I know where I'll start, and I'll work on it from there."

He caught a few sight-fish yesterday and today, but noted he hasn't seen any new fish move up. So he's "kind of running out." But with only 20 other competitors out tomorrow, he plans to run around more and see if anything's been overlooked.

About his day, he noted: "At noon I was struggling – I had a 5, a 3 and three dinks. I went to kind of a backup spot and caught some fish, then later it started taking off. I caught a 5-something, a 4 and a 2 1/2. I pretty much pulled one out of the hat."

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