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CarpPro and Rod Hutchinson Baits swept the big money prizes at the second annual Lake Fork Carp and Buffalo Challenge.
Prostaffer Josh Snow and team partner Ryan Daniels took home the big money with the Big 4 Buffalo prize, the Biggest Buffalo prize and the Biggest carp plus Buffalo prize...with just two fish! Shane Hines and Jr CarpPro prostaffer Austin Anderson took the Big 4 Carp prize with a late charge that just beat out Jason Aylott and Frank Kessler, Wayne Boon and George Diamond, and CarpPro prostaffer Richard Somerville and his team mate Stewart Roffe.
Conditions were radically different from the 2012 event. Last year's event saw warm weather and light winds, and an abundance of fish, both carp and smallmouth buffalo. This time around, a bitterly cold front brought icy winds howling from the north, creating whitecap conditions and putting the fishing down. Conditions meant just handful of carp were teased out during the event, which had doubled in size from the inaugural tourney. Forty teams battled the elements and, although only 15 teams got on the board, all anglers are to be commended for sticking with it under very tough going.
The surprise story of the tourney was the late capture of a 55lb 3oz buffalo by Josh Snow, just 5 minutes before the tournament ended. Fishing a peg adjacent to the hotly favored peg 27 at 515 bridge west, Snow and Daniels could only look on in envy as Kevin Olivier and August Wells, representing Austin Carp Anglers, landed the first buffalo of the event, a 45lb 15oz beauty. It lookd like it would be the winning buff right up until the end when, with just a few minutes to go in the 44 hour endurance event, Snow hit a short lift on his megaspice flavored tiger nut bait and heaved into the 55lb star of the show. That's the beauty of the Big Four format of the event but, although it was sweet taste of success for Snow and Daniels after a disatrous run of setbacks leading up to the event, it was a bitter pill to swallow for Olivier and Wells. Hats off to the ACA crew though, as they showed what a class act they are despite being pipped at the post after 44 gruelling hours.
CarpPro teams fished Rod Hutchinson Baits and flavors, with Megaspice producing best results.
providing prizes for the event. We would also like to thank tournament host, Jason Bernhardt of Wild Carp Companies, the Lake Fork Sportsman's Association for logistical support and marshals, Barry and Tracey at Oak Ridge Marina and all the fine staff for a top-notch welcome, and Richard Somerville for the efforts made throughout the year to find and map peg sites and publicize the venue.
Full results and a list of all sponsors and partners are available at http://wildcarpcompanies.com/wild-carp-companies-for-anglers/Lake-Fork-C... and you can see as it happened coverage on the Lake Fork Carp and Buffalo Challenge Facebook page.