In the Potomac River Bass Master Elite series event Justin Lucas caught a fish on day 4 which completely put him over the top. His excitement was evident as soon as he lipped the fish and brought him into the boat.
Justin had a total of 72lb - 14oz and took home $101,500. His hard work pre-fishing the area really paid off. Jason Christie caught 23 lbs on the last day and made a strong run, but finished second and won $25,000.
Check out Justin's tournament winning fish here.
Kevin VamDamm won again, his 23rd overall, in the Niagra River based Bassmaster Classic Bracket. In the final day VanDamm went head to head against Brett Hite and his 11 fish totalling 20 lbs 3 oz, were too much for the Arizona native Hite. In this tournament all legal fish were weighed in and counted.
Kevin focused on finding good quality keepers and had luck on Yamamoto Shad worms and Strike King tube, drop shot and jerkbaits. Vam Damm's victory did include some controversy as he was required to through back a 1-13 bass that was caught while fishing in an area that was off limits for the tournament.
With the win KVD took home $10,000 and a berth in the 2017 GEICO Bassmaster Classic.
For more, see KVD Victory Stands.
Hackney won the 2016 GEICO Bassmaster BASSfest presented by Choctaw Casino Resort Results at Lake Texoma, OK which was held on June 8th through 12th, 2016. He caught a total of only 66 lbs 2 oz, but it was enough to beat out the rest of the competition.
Fishermen in this tournament experienced considerable water level fluctuations which made the conditions tough. At one point the water level was close to 9 feet higher than normal, but Hackney continued his impressive year as one of only two anglers who have earned prize money in all six tournaments this year.
Brandon Card with 64 lbs 3 oz was close on Hackney's heels, but couldn't muster an upgrade to surpass Hackney.
Check out Bassfest Lake Texoma By The Numbers for the details.
VanDam's results were bolstered by a 8 lb 11 oz lunker that he caught on a crankbait fishing over some deep structure.
Kevin, a native of Michigan, easily beat second place finisher Chris Lane, who weighed in at 88lbs 7oz and third place finisher Ish Monroe who had 83 lbs 4 oz in the 185,000 acre Toledo Bend Reservoir.
Read how Kevin did it in his own words.