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Crochet Claims First B.A.S.S. Victory On Home Waters

by: JamieDay Matthews,

Cliff Crochet of Pierre Part, La., wins the Bassmaster Central Open #3 held on the Atchafalaya Basin out of Morgan City, La. He brought 18 lbs, 4 ozs to Saturday's weigh-in, giving him a three-day total of 46-6.
Photo by James Overstreet/Bassmaster
(Oct 29, 2016 - MORGAN CITY, La.)

Bassmaster Elite Series pro Cliff Crochet cashed in on his home-waters advantage Saturday to claim his first B.A.S.S. victory at the Atchafalaya Basin in Louisiana.

Sitting in seventh place after the second day of competition Friday, Crochet rallied today with an 18-pound, 4-ounce limit to win the Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Central Open and earn the grand prize of a $45,000 Skeeter ZX200/Yamaha VF200LA rig and $6,741 in cash. The Pierre Part, La., angler finished with a three-day total of 46-06 to earn his first Bassmaster victory and a berth in the 2017 GEICO Bassmaster Classic presented by GoPro.

Crochet described today’s fishing as “slow and steady.” Mixing in some small keepers with some kicker bass, Crochet steadily caught fish throughout the day. He finished his limit by about 11 a.m., and then caught his biggest fish of the day — a 5-12 largemouth — at about 1:45 p.m.

Since he knew the waters so well, Crochet decided to “fish history” during his practice to either confirm or rule out fishing spots. “I practiced really hard,” he said. “(Eliminating water) made for some long, boring practices.”

The strategy paid off, though, as Crochet was able to narrow the vast waters of the basin down to three areas for the tournament. “But two of them didn’t shine, so that just nailed me down to one area,” he said.

His key bait for the whole tournament was a Luck-E-Strike Ringmaster creature bait that he punched through mats with a 1 1/2-ounce weight.

Another local favorite, Greg Hackney of Gonzales, La., retained second place with 42-4. Each day he caught fish early but lost a big one this morning that he said “kind of hurt my feelings.”

His two key lures were a black/chartreuse Strike King 1.5 Square Bill crankbait and a black-and-blue Strike King Hack Attack Jig and a Strike King Rage Craw.

“I basically caught everything off of cypress trees” he said. “The area I fished had a lot of logs and big stumps, but I didn’t catch any fish off of those. Every fish came off a green tree.” Most of the bass he caught were 1 to 5 feet deep.

Other anglers finishing in the top five of the pro division were Cody Bird, Granbury, Texas, third place, 42-2; David Cavell, Prairieville, La., fourth, 39-15; and Toby Hartsell, Afton, Okla., fifth, 39-14.

Co-angler Blake Naquin of Thibodaux, La., went wire-to-wire to win the first-place prize of a $30,000 Nitro Z18/Mercury 150 Pro XS package with a total of 23-9. “I caught fish mostly flipping a trick worm with a 3/16-ounce tungsten weight in the morning and then in the afternoon I would follow it up with a June bug Zoom Super Hawg with a 3/4-ounce weight,” he said.

The Phoenix Boats Big Bass Award of $750 went to Hunter Parra of Houma, La., with a 7-12 largemouth. Vince Todaro of Luling, La., weighed in a 4-5 largemouth to earn the Phoenix Boats Big Bass Award on the co-angler side worth $250.

Fred Roumbanis of London, Ark., received the Livingston Lures Leader Award of $250 for finishing as the top pro on Day 2. Finishing as the Day 2 leader on the co-angler side, Naquin received a Livingston Lures gift pack worth $250.
 
Crochet also earned the A.R.E. Top Angler Award of $500 for being the highest-finishing angler using A.R.E. products.
 
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2016 Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster  Central Open Atchafalaya Basin 10/27-10/29
Atchafalaya Basin, Morgan City  LA


(BOATER) Standings Day 3

   Angler                   Hometown              No./lbs-oz  Pts   Total $$$

1.  Cliff Crochet          Pierre Part, LA         15  46-06  200  $52,241.00
  Day 1: 5   11-14     Day 2: 5   16-04     Day 3: 5   18-04
2.  Greg Hackney           Gonzales, LA            15  42-04  199  $16,011.00
  Day 1: 5   17-06     Day 2: 5   12-04     Day 3: 5   12-10
3.  Cody Bird              Granbury, TX            15  42-02  198  $12,008.00
  Day 1: 5   15-14     Day 2: 5   13-02     Day 3: 5   13-02
4.  David Cavell           Prairieville, LA        15  39-15  197  $10,744.00
  Day 1: 5   14-05     Day 2: 5   14-09     Day 3: 5   11-01
5.  Toby Hartsell          Afton, OK               15  39-14  196   $9,375.00
  Day 1: 5   14-00     Day 2: 5   13-13     Day 3: 5   12-01
6.  Derek Hudnall          Baton Rouge, LA         15  39-09  195   $8,005.00
  Day 1: 5   16-02     Day 2: 5   12-15     Day 3: 5   10-08
7.  Fred Roumbanis         London, AR              12  39-07  194   $6,991.00
  Day 1: 5   19-09     Day 2: 5   16-06     Day 3: 2   03-08
8.  Travis Kelehan         Broussard, LA           15  37-04  193   $5,372.00
  Day 1: 5   12-12     Day 2: 5   11-12     Day 3: 5   12-12
9.  Billy Billeaud         Lafayette, LA           15  37-01  192   $4,003.00
  Day 1: 5   14-02     Day 2: 5   12-00     Day 3: 5   10-15
10. Brandon Lee            Ratcliff, AR            15  35-15  191   $3,687.00
  Day 1: 5   12-08     Day 2: 5   11-14     Day 3: 5   11-09
11. Chris Babin            Raceland, LA            14  34-02  190   $3,371.00
  Day 1: 5   14-03     Day 2: 5   12-03     Day 3: 4   07-12
12. Cliff Pace             Petal, MS               13  32-15  189   $3,160.00
  Day 1: 5   13-10     Day 2: 5   14-08     Day 3: 3   04-13


PHOENIX BOATS BIG BASS
     Hunter Parra             Houma, LA           07-12        $750.00

Totals
Day   #Limits    #Fish      Weight
 1       114       699      1323-08
 2       105       644      1180-11
 3         9        54       128-15
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         228      1397      2633-02


(NON_BOATER) Standings Day 3

   Angler                   Hometown              No./lbs-oz  Pts   Total $$$

1.  Blake Naquin           Thibodaux, LA            9  23-09  200  $30,000.00
  Day 1: 3   11-08     Day 2: 3   05-06     Day 3: 3   06-11
2.  Dakota Sparks          Denham Springs, LA       9  19-08  199   $5,161.00
  Day 1: 3   04-06     Day 2: 3   06-14     Day 3: 3   08-04
3.  Brian Murphy           Sulphur, LA              9  17-14  198   $3,897.00
  Day 1: 3   05-12     Day 2: 3   06-06     Day 3: 3   05-12
4.  Charles Poland         Denham Springs, LA       8  16-15  197   $2,633.00
  Day 1: 3   05-15     Day 2: 3   07-07     Day 3: 2   03-09
5.  Domonick Poullard      Houston, TX              9  16-08  196   $2,423.00
  Day 1: 3   04-15     Day 2: 3   07-15     Day 3: 3   03-10
6.  Austin Abadie          St. Amant, LA            9  16-05  195   $2,317.00
  Day 1: 3   07-07     Day 2: 3   05-12     Day 3: 3   03-02
7.  Kevin Swiber           Morgan City, LA          8  16-00  194   $2,212.00
  Day 1: 3   05-04     Day 2: 3   08-01     Day 3: 2   02-11
8.  Jeff Wallace           West Monroe, LA          8  15-03  193   $2,107.00
  Day 1: 2   03-04     Day 2: 3   08-00     Day 3: 3   03-15
9.  Guadalupe Nieto        Houston, TX              7  14-03  192   $2,001.00
  Day 1: 3   06-06     Day 2: 3   05-11     Day 3: 1   02-02
10. Larry Beauboeuf        Bossier City, LA         6  13-05  191   $1,791.00
  Day 1: 3   06-05     Day 2: 3   07-00     Day 3: 0   00-00
11. Gary Sullivan          Breckenridge, TX         7  13-02  190   $1,580.00
  Day 1: 3   05-08     Day 2: 3   05-14     Day 3: 1   01-12
12. Joe Lee                Grand Prairie, TX        6  12-04  189   $1,475.00
  Day 1: 3   04-10     Day 2: 3   07-10     Day 3: 0   00-00


PHOENIX BOATS BIG BASS
     Vincent Todaro           Luling, LA          04-05        $250.00

Totals
Day   #Limits    #Fish      Weight
 1        82       339       554-05
 2        87       324       518-09
 3         6        24        41-08
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         175       687      1114-06