Gardendale pro bass fisherman Randy Tharp mounted a strong comeback on the final day, enough to vault eight positions into third place at the Professional Anglers Association’s Bass Pro Shops Tournament Series event last weekend on Lake Tawakoni near Garland, Texas.
Tharp caught 18.97 pounds on Sunday, good for 43.88 pounds total over three days. But it wasn’t enough to catch winner Keith Combs of Del Rio, Texas, who hauled in just over 60 pounds total, including a monster 9.23-pound largemouth.
“Tawakoni really suits my fishing style of shallow power fishing,” Tharp said. “Most of the fish there live in less than five feet of water and that's where I feel I am the best. I felt like I performed well the entire event, and would say that less fishing pressure on the final day was the main reason for the big bag that I caught.”
Tharp is now qualified for the Toyota Texas Bass Classic in October on Lake Conroe, Texas.
This weekend Tharp is in the FLW Outdoors Series East tournament on Lake Chickmauga near Chattanooga, in an attempt to qualify for next year’s Forrest Wood Cup.
Daily ninth at BFL Guntersville event: David Daily of Hayden finished ninth and won $899 in last weekend’s FLW Bass Fishing League Choo Choo Division tournament on Lake Guntersville near Scottsboro.
Daily caught seven bass weighing 28 pounds, 11 ounces over two days. He led the tournament after the first day, but caught only three fish on Sunday, and finished nine pounds behind winner Marshall Deakins.