FLW EverStart Series pro Kevin Stewart’s standout delivers EverStart lead on Roosevelt
(Photo Caption: Pro leader Kevin Stewart began his day with an 8-pound, 12-ounce fish that won the day’s Big Bass award. (Photo by David A. Brown)
17.Feb.2011 by David A. Brown
PAYSON, Ariz. – One of his fish amassed more than half of his limit’s total weight, but Elk Grove, Calif., pro Kevin Stewart isn’t complaining – he’s leading the EverStart Series Western Division tournament on Lake Roosevelt with 15 pounds, 6 ounces.
Stewart said he has been fishing Roosevelt for the past eight days, and he has caught fish in depth range of 5 to 50 feet. Today, he started on a flat where he had located some good smallmouths, but that spot failed to produce. He then shifted gears and decided to fish points. On his first spot, his first fish of the day was an 8-pound, 12-ounce beauty that earned Stewart the Big Bass award.
“I caught that fish about 7:30,” Stewart said. “That was a good start.”
Oddly enough, a day that started with a bang ended rather anticlimactically. “I ran around, fishing similar Kevin Stewart caught his biggest fish on a jig. spots, and I only managed to catch five fish today – but they were the right five. All of my fish came between 7:30 and noon. I never got a bite after 12 noon today.”
Stewart said he struggled with why he could not get bit after midday, especially with today’s favorable weather. A warm spell that started earlier in the week continued today with partly sunny and warm conditions. The forecasted 20-mph winds never arrived, and the lake was about as promising as one could expect for February.
“I’m scratching my head on that because the afternoons have been better,” Stewart said, acknowledging a possible tactical error. “I went back to the big-fish spot and camped on it for two hours, hoping for another big one, when I probably should have been elsewhere.”
Stewart caught four of his fish on a ¾-ounce football-head jig and one on a wacky-rigged, green-pumpkin Senko. The key to his success is an atypical way of fishing points. Read The rest of the article here >