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    Rayovac FLW Series - Texas

    Lake Amistad (Jan. 24-26, 2013)

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    Gressett grabs Amistad win

    Top co-angler Kevin Gressett had book end weights of 17 pounds on days one and three. (Photo by David A. Brown)
    Big fish bolsters co-angler in EverStart Series Texas Division opener
    26.Jan.2013 by David A. Brown

    DEL RIO, Texas – One fish does not win a tournament. However, the right one can certainly bring you closer to the quest. Just ask Kevin Gressett of Tioga, Texas, who topped the Co-angler Division of the EverStart Series Texas Division event on Lake Amistad.

    Gressett got off to strong start with a second-place day-one bag of 17 pounds anchored by a 9-Co-angler winner Kevin Gressett benefited greatly from a huge day-one fish.pound, 15-ounce whopper that took Big Bass honors. Gressett lost a spot on day two as his productivity slipped to 10-9, but when the final round delivered another 17-pound sack, he rose to claim the victory with 44-9.

    "I caught my fish in multiple ways," Gressett said. "The first day I had four fish, but I was able to catch that 9-15 in 38 feet of water. We fished deep all day and the boat sat in probably 100 feet of water all day. The next day was a grind, but I ended up catching 10 pounds and I was a proud of that as I was of that (9-15).

    "Today, I fished in the grass with a good friend of mine (sixth-place pro Shane Moore). When he pulled into the first spot, my eyes lit up because, in practice, I got them in the grass, so I just thought 'Here we go.'"

    In the final round, Gressett caught his fish by ripping a red Xcalibur lipless crankbait over hydrilla. The bites, he said were spread throughout the day.

    Mathews finishes second

    Flipping produced most of Johnny Matthews' day-three bites.Johnny Matthews of Laguna Park, Texas, made a big day-two move – up 20 spots to second place. At the end of day three, he maintained that second-place position with a three-day weight of 42-14.

    Matthews employed a mix of Strike King 6XD crankbaits and Texas-rigged Zoom Baby Brush Hogs and Lake Fork Ring Fry. The key to his success, Matthews said, was remaining focused.

    "All three days, I had five bites each day and I caught all five of them," he said. "That was the deal. If I'd missed one, I wouldn't be here. I didn't lose a fish; I caught everything that bit."

    Daren Scott of Fort Worth, Texas, led the Co-angler Division for two days, but slipped to third in the After leading for the first two days, Daren Scott slipped to round with a three-day weight of 42-8. Scott caught his fish on a swim jig and a jerkbait.

    In fourth place Dan Wilson, of Pilot Point, Texas, had 37-10, while Justin Cogburn, of Eastland, Texas, placed fifth with 37-1.

    Dan Wilson took fourth place in the co-angler division. Best of the rest

    Rounding out the top-10 co-angler leaders at the EverStart Series Lake Amistad event:

    6th: Brendan Kennell, of Del Rio, Texas, 36-2

    7th: Kerry Barnett, of Waldron, Ark., 36-1

    8th: James Lynn, of Georgetown, Texas, 35-14

    9th: David Wharton, of Del Rio, Texas, 31-7

    10th: Justin Lampier, of San Angelo, Texas, 31-6