DEL RIO, Texas — Lake Minnetonka, Minn., is nearly 2,000 miles away from Lake Amistad. Tapping into a technique on his home water was one of several keys to winning for Andy Young at the Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Central Open presented by Allstate.
Here are three standout keys of the win that extend beyond his basic pattern:
Key #1: Cold weather is his friend
Unusually cold weather plagued the tournament field until the final day. That’s when more seasonal weather broke through with sunny skies and high temperatures in the low 70s.
Sleet and freezing rain greeted the anglers on Day One. The temperature struggled to make it past the freezing mark.
Anglers lamented over frozen reels, iced rod guides and any number of cold-weather nuances. Wind was an issue. It hindered boat positioning and generally made the day even more miserable. Read More
DEL RIO, Texas — Minnesota angler Andy Young topped the hard-charging Stephen Browning to win the Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Central Open on Lake Amistad by a mere ounce.
The day started with Young in second place behind Shreveport, La., angler Randy Allen, who has a ranch 25 miles north of Del Rio and frequently fishes Amistad.
“I thought I was fishing for second,” said Young. Read More
From The StarTribune
I’ll never forget the first bass I caught on a football jig, it literally changed me forever. For whatever reason it didn’t come easy to me, perhaps it was because I was so green that I can recall flipping Maynard’s boat docks on Minnesota’s, Lake Minnetonka with a football jig, definitely not the best choice in a jig but as I said, nothing ever came easy to me.
Though and behold, I did manage to put two and two together and remember like it was yesterday my first bass that I clothes-lined with a ½ oz. football head. I was on Cook’s Bay on Lake Minnetonka’s west end. Lowrance Structure Scan wasn’t available just yet and I was forced to try to figure out where these hard bottom areas were by studying my Navionics Mapping Chip and actually fishing all the underwater points and humps. What a concept right? Actually needing to fish to practice! A lot has changed in just a few short years; I’m surprised I ever managed to catch fish without my Structure Scan. Read More