Abu Garcia pro Kevin Wirth won his second tour-level event, which was held on Old Hickory Lake this past weekend. Wirth held off a late-charging Abu Garcia pro Bill Lowen with a total weight of 55 pounds, 10 ounces. The former Kentucky Derby jockey claimed a $100,000 check for his victory. The low-profile baitcasting STX reel was Wirth’s choice for the Tennessee Triumph BASS Elite Series event.
“Old Hickory proved to be a tough impoundment to fish,” Wirth said. “When you fish for 14 years and never stand in the winner’s circle, you begin to wonder if you can do it. This feeling was worth the long wait.”
In addition to the Abu Garcia reels, Wirth also used Berkley Trilene 100% Fluorocarbon as well as the Fenwick Techna AV for his baitcasting rod choice.
Wirth also earned an additional check with the Berkley “Pay for Performance” incentive program. Berkley pros are rewarded for using Berkley line or bait while finishing in the top five at BASS Elite Series or FLW Tour events. Berkley 5-inch Power Hawg, green pumpkin, was Wirth’s bait of choice.
Wirth was not the only Abu Garcia pro in the running; Bill Lowen finished second using the REVO STX.
The next Elite Series event is set for July 30- August 3 on Lake Erie in Buffalo, N.Y.