07.Jun.2008 by Rob Newell
FLORENCE, Ala. – Local pro Randy Haynes of Counce, Tenn., saved the best for last on the fourth and final day of the Stren Series Southeast event on Pickwick Lake.
Before many of his friends and family who attended the weigh-in at the Wal-Mart in Florence, Ala., Haynes hoisted up an astonishing 22 pounds, 11 ounces of Pickwick bass – by far the biggest limit of the week – to come from fourth place and win with a four-day total of 73 pounds, 13 ounces worth $25,000.
“This feels great, it really does, because many of the best fishermen on this lake were here this week – that’s what makes this special to me,” Haynes said. “Don’t get me wrong, I like the money, but that’s not why I do this; I do this for the competition. I love the competition.”
All week Haynes played out a carefully crafted strategy that involved saving one of his best spots for today.
“I never went to it all week,” he said. “I didn’t want anyone to see me on it during the week. I drove by it several times and never saw anyone on it, so I decided to save it until today.
“I did make a cast there in practice and caught a 5 ½-pounder, and that’s all I needed to see. I pulled up on that spot this afternoon and it was on fire. My partner and I caught what we needed to win off that spot.”
As a side note, Haynes’ co-angler – Greg Hamblin – won the Co-angler Division as well (click here to read the article).
During the week, Haynes relied on a variety of lures including a jig, a Carolina rig and a grub.
The jig was a ¾-ounce football head in green-pumpkin trailed by a Net Bait Paca craw fished on 17-pound fluorocarbon. The Carolina rig was sweetened with a Zoom Brush Hog, and the pearl grub was fished on ¼- and 3/8-ounce heads on 8-pound line.
Haynes described his best places on Pickwick as river-channel points and ledges that featured gravely chunk rock and shells.