First of all, let’s give credit where it’s due. Young Tyler Stewart of West Monroe had an awesome FLW tournament this week on Lake Champlain in New York. It was his first time to even ever see that water, but he figured out enough largemouth bass in the land of smallmouths to lead the major pro event for the first three days.
Sunday’s final round just threw more at him that he could handle, including a handful of other anglers getting on some huge bags of fish. Stewart ended up in ninth place, but still netted his first ever top ten finish in a major tournament. Let’s face it, in doing that,Tyler has done something most of us could only dream of — and he did it in his first year on the tour. I’m sure there is more to come.
We knew it was going to be a tough day when the weather report showed scary winds and storms coming up the big lake where he was fishing. And when he pulled up to his best spot after an hour-long run, this is what FLW’s on-the-water blogger posted a few minutes later at 8:05:
“Tyler Stewart is really going to have to battle through adversity if he wants to get the win today. After the local angler from earlier moved off Stewart’s spot, a couple other folks on shore started heckling Stewart for coming in and fishing the area. Tyler seems less than thrilled about the whole deal and will need to mentally hit the reset button to have his best day today.”
It wasn’t his best day, but it was still a good one. Congratulations. Safe travels!
Top 10 pros
1. Casey Scanlon – Lake Ozark, Mo. – 76-2 (20) – $102,700
2. Eric Jackson – Walling, Tenn. – 74-7 (20) – $30,000
3. Bryan Thrift – Shelby, N.C. – 73-15 (20) – $25,100
4. Christopher Brasher – Longview, Texas – 73-15 (20) – $20,000
5. Hensley Powell – Whitwell, Tenn. – 73-12 (20) – $19,000
6. Daryl Biron – South Windsor, Con. – 72-6 (20) – $18,000
7. David Dudley – Lynchburg, Va. – 72-4 (20) – $17,000
8. AJ Slegona – Pine Bush, N.Y. – 71-9 (20) – $16,000
9. Tyler Stewart – West Monroe, La. – 68-10 (19) – $15,000
10. Tom Redington – Royse City, Texas – 62-3 (18) – $14,000