by Craig Lamb
Yamaha Pro Justin Lucas brought West Coast style bass fishing to the East Coast to win his second Bassmaster® Elite Series event in as many years.
“The key for me was the drop shot,” said Lucas. “I don’t think the bass had seen it much on the Potomac.” That will certainly change as yet another West Coast born tactic proves a winner in the East.
The California native, who now lives on Lake Guntersville in Alabama, caught 5-bass limits over the four-day event totaling 72 pounds, 14 ounces. His wire-to-wire win was more than 4 pounds better than the second place finisher, Jason Christie.
“That’s a $100,000 dollar fish right there!,” exclaimed Lucas as he landed a largemouth weighing about 4 pounds early on the final day. That six-figure exclamation point was the total for his win.
What made the win so remarkable was Lucas unknowingly fished a popular community hole on the river. The area stands out for its location and bass habitat.