Randy Haynes brought in the day's heaviest stringer - a limit weighing 19-10 - to win the EverStart Central on
Kentucky Lake with a three-day catch of 54-6. (Photo by Jennifer Simmons)

Haynes catches day's heaviest stringer to win EverStart Central on Kentucky/Barkley

12.May.2012 by Jennifer Simmons

courtesy Randy Haynes

BENTON, Ky. – Randy Haynes dominated the final day of EverStart Series Central Division competition on Kentucky Lake, weighing in a 19-pound, 10-ounce limit that earned him a decisive victory by a margin of almost 4 pounds.

To illustrate just how strong Haynes’ final-day performance was, the weight difference between the No. 1 pro and the No. 10 pro heading into the final day was the same as Haynes’ ultimate margin of victory – about 4 pounds. Haynes increased his weight each day of the tournament, starting with 15-5 on day one and following that up with a 19-pound, 7-ounce stringer yesterday that put him in third. His 19-10 haul today put his three-day total at 54 pounds, 6 ounces.

Randy HaynesHis catch today was easily the heaviest of the day, despite the fact that he said on stage that he had one fish he couldn’t cull. He caught his bass making the long run south of Paris, Tenn., a risky move considering the sizable tournament launching from there this morning.

“At 10:30, I just had to go,” he said about heading south. “I saw a black Ranger beside me fishing on the right, and it was (No. 6 finisher) Curt McGuire. He was on the right, and I was on the left.”

The pair hit hole after hole on the same stretch of lake today, just on different sides, and the two were fortunate in that they somehow managed to avoid the crowd that plagued other competitors today.

“I had no trouble getting to my spots,” Haynes said.

Though Haynes ultimately caught the heaviest bass, he was throwing the exact same bait as most of the finalists – a Strike King 6XD crankbait. He also used a 1-ounce Strike King jig to land some bass.

Even with a strong sack of bass today, Haynes said he still didn’t think he had the victory in the bag. “Not against this crowd,” he said. “On the first day, I didn’t do so good and made some bad decisions.”

They didn’t come back to haunt him. Described by his day-three co-angler as a “ledge legend,” Haynes did do some ledge fishing this week, though he did say they had to be really deep on a river ledge to bite.

For the win, Haynes took home a check for $35,000.