Ranger Pro Jason Christie Wins Bassmaster Elite Series Event on St. Clair
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FLIPPIN, ARK (August 31, 2017) Ranger Boats Pro Jason Christie brought in a total of 88 pounds, 8 ounces, to win the Bassmaster Elite Series event at Lake St. Clair on August 27. The victory marks Christie's fifth B.A.S.S. win and puts him in second place in the Bassmaster Angler of the Year standings.
With past experience on St. Clair in his back pocket, Christie found a two-mile stretch that held quality fish near the Canadian border. Christie narrowed down the large area to three productive spots.
"It was close to an area that I have fished before," said Christie. "Every time I go up there I fish the same general 10 miles. They weren't there so I kept moving around until I got some bites and felt like there was good quality."
Christie brought in 21 pounds, 12 ounces, on day one and followed up on day two with 21 pounds, 1 ounce, to stay in contention. On day three, he brought 23 pounds, 11 ounces to the scales, but Jordan Lee's 25 pounds, 9 ounces, left Christie in second place - more than three pounds out of the lead going into the final day.
"I was 3 1/2 pounds back on the final day and that's a lot of weight on St. Clair," said Christie. "But I know those fish move a lot. They get pressure and reposition. I knew that anybody could have a bad day, including myself."
Christie went to work with a 4-inch YUM tube in Green Pumpkin on a ¾-ounce jig. One of the keys to his success was a good drum bite, which caused increased action from the smallmouth bass.
"I must have caught 900 pounds of drum this week," said Christie. "I would catch a drum and I could see three or four fish following it. I would get the drum off and get my tube back in the water and catch a smallmouth. It didn't happen all the time, but it happened often enough."
Another key to the win was Christie's ultra-stable Ranger boat. He opted to drift perpendicular to the wind and waves to keep his transducer in the water at all times.
"I try to drift in the trough," said Christie. "That's to keep the front transducer in the water. It doesn't blow out as much. That's one of the reasons I run a Ranger. It's like fishing off of concrete. Keeping the transducer level to the bottom was key. My Ranger doesn't rock much, making it less hard on me while I am standing on the front deck."
Christie brought in a final-day limit of 22 pounds even, which was enough to overtake Jordan Lee who only boated three fish for the day. Besides the $100,000 first-place prize, Christie also earned a $5,000 Ranger Cup bonus for running a Ranger boat. The win also put him in strong contention for the Bassmaster Angler of the Year race. With just 15 points separating Christie and AOY leader Brandon Palaniuk, the Bassmaster Angler of the Year Championship on Mille Lacs Lake in Minnesota will be closely contested for the coveted title.
"There's two big things we all fish for, that's the Classic and Angler of the Year," said Christie. "I am a little behind the eight ball being 15 points behind and only 50 points possible at Mille Lacs, but we are going to put some pressure on Brandon."
The event is set for September 14-17 with the winner taking home the title along with $100,000.
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