Duckett Earns Fourth Tour Level Event Win
Alabama Native Claims Bassmaster Classic Berth and $100K
This was the year for Abu Garcia® pro Boyd Duckett to return after a less-than-perfect 2011 season. After missing the 2012 Bassmaster Classic, Duckett vowed 2012 would be his comeback year – consider the comeback complete.
Duckett earned his fourth tour-level victory this past weekend. The Demopolis, Ala., native weighed in over 62-pounds of fish during the four-day event at Oneida Lake. The former Classic champion cashed a $100,000 check for his winning effort, edging fellow pro Randy Howell by a mere 6 ounces.
"I've come a long way since the 2011 season," said Duckett. "I'm not exactly sure what my issue was last year, but I knew I needed to right the ship. I've done pretty good all season, but needed to lock down my Classic qualification. One of the only ways I could do it was to cap off the season with a win on Oneida. Luckily, I found a great pocket of fish while sitting on the shore with Kelly Jordon that held the fish I needed."
Duckett downsized his tackle to get more big bites. His primary baits included the Berkley® PowerBait® 3-inch Chigger Craw and the PowerBait 4-inch Hollow Belly.
"I went down to 10-pound Berkley Trilene® 100% Fluorocarbon and a small 3-inch PowerBait Crazy Legs Chigger Craw," said Duckett. "The power in the technique came with my Abu Garcia Revo® Premier casting reel. I flipped that pocket of fish and needed to get them out as quickly as possible. This is where the Revo 7:1.1 gear ratio came in big for me. I was able to run my bait down to where they were and get them out quick."
Duckett wasn't the only Abu Garcia pro enjoying the Oneida Lake; Scott Rook (3rd), Ott DeFoe (5th), Jason Quinn (8th) and Fletcher Shryock finished eleventh.
The next Elite Series event is set for September 20-23 and launches out of Decatur, Ill. The top 8 in Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Angler of the Year Standings qualified this past weekend. An addition four anglers will make it in by fan votes. Voting will begin Tuesday, August 28th on Bassmaster.com