Day-three leader Jason Christie holds up part of his 20-pound, 4-ounce stringer.
(Photo by Brett Carlson)
ROGERS, Ark. – Rayovac pro Jason Christie of Park Hill, Okla., caught a five-bass limit weighing 20 pounds, 4 ounces Saturday to take the lead on day three of the Walmart FLW Tour at Beaver Lake presented by Kellogg’s. Christie now has a three-day catch of 15 bass weighing 47-7 and holds a 2-pound, 8-ounce lead over Keystone Light pro Brandon Coulter of Knoxville, Tenn., heading into the final day of competition in a tournament featuring the world’s best bass-fishing pros competing for a top cash award of up to $125,000.
“I’m just covering a lot of water and just fishing what is in front of me,” said Christie, who finished in fourth place at the FLW Tour event last month at Lewis Smith Lake. “The good thing is that I found my fish during the tournament, and not during practice. I’m hoping that new ones are coming there every day.”
Christie said that he left his main area early and caught fish steadily throughout the day. He said he caught around a dozen keepers and culled twice from his original limit. He said that not all of the fish that he caught came on an umbrella rig.
“The majority of my fish came on a Yum Yumbrella Flash Mob Jr.,” Christie continued. “That bait just lets me cover water. But when I come across some structure – a dock or a log – I’ll pull in and flip. I caught a few throwing a Bomber 6A crankbait and flipping a Booyah jig.
“It’s really all about getting the big bites here,” the Rayovac pro went on to say. “You can have it figured out and still only catch nine pounds. You really don’t know when those big ones are going to bite. My chances of catching 20 pounds again tomorrow are slim. But, I don’t think it’ll take 20 to win. I’m just going to go fishing.”
|Name||Questions and Answers|
|John Manuel||Q:||Being in 5th place going into the final day, what adjustments, if any, did you make to make a charge up the leader board?|
|A:||Having a lot of history on the lake and not being on a solid pattern, then once I caught that 6lber, I put myself in areas where I've caught big fish in the past.|
|Mike Lea||Q:||Was the rogue bite a soft bite or a hard bite ?|
|A:||Really soft, there was no physical bite whatsoever. Every bite that I had, whenever I went to jerk it they were on there. The drum were knockin' the heck out of it but the bass weren't.|
|Mike Eutsler||Q:||What reels did you use?|
|A:||Lews - BB1 6.4:1 - it's by far the best reel I've ever used.|
|David A. Martin||Q:||What's the lightest tackle combo you use (rod action, line, lure wt.) and what is the heaviest?|
Lightest: 7ft med spin rod, 8lb Silver Thread fluorocarbon.
Heaviest: 8ft flippin' stick 65lb braid, especially on the grassy Florida lakes.
|Richard Fitzwater||Q:||Falcon rods with the micro guides,are you using these and with which baits?|
|A:||I'm using them, but chose not to during the Classic. I was worried they would freeze up with all the problems with ice we had. I used the older style bigger guides, so it would lessen the amount of ice buildup in my guides. When I use the micro guides, I use them for just about everything, one of my favorites is the 7'6" Mike McClleland flippin' stick with micro guides, especially for the Yumbrella rig.|
|Joe Luethje||Q:||What gloves do you recommend for cold weather fishing?|
|A:||I use Under Armour for fishing, the lightweight ones like receivers in the NFL use. For driving, I use hunting mittens and can slide them over the fishing gloves so I don't always have to take those off. I seem to lose about a pair every week.|
|Justin Parchman||Q:||What rod do u prefer to throw a jerk bait on ?|
|A:||Falcon 6'6" 4 power - I go up to a 5 power for the perfect 10. It's just a little heavier bait and it's got a bit more zip when you jerk it, so I go up an action|
|Levi Spence||Q:||What rod do you prefer using soft plastic on grand lake?|
|A:||Depends what kind of soft plastic, but for big worms I use the Mike McMclleland 7'3" Falcon rod.|
|Brad Stephens||Q:||Does Jason have his own line of fishing rods from falcon|
|A:||Falcon makes a Jason Christie frog rod.|
|Brad Stephens||Q:||Is falcon rods going to make Jason fishing rods or does Jason have another name of fishing rods he uses what kind fishing line does Jason use on jerk baits|
See above and 12-14lb Fluorocarbon Silver Thread
|Rodney Gabe Hatch||Q:||How do you search a lake that you have never been on to see what the bass are doing on it?|
|A:||You just have to break it down a small piece at a time. What I like to do is pick out an area and then work that area pretty good and figure out a pattern in that area. Then I use that pattern throughout the entire lake. It breaks it down so you don't get intimidated by the size of the whole lake.|
|John Schmitz||Q:||Where would you start on a lake like Lake Ozarks this time of year when its been cold then you get a bunch of sunny days in the 50's?|
|A:||I'd probably start on pockets on the flats, ones that are catching wind and that are close to the main creek or river channel.|
|Jack Meriwether||Q:||Say your boat doesn't have the fancy electronics. What kind of shoreline indicators can you use to tell you what it looks like under the water?|
|Scott Jamison||Q:||I don't have any technology in my boat. What are some of the things you look for on a lake if you dont have a depth finder or sonar?|
|A:||Most of the time just look on the bank. If you see a row of rocks or clay or stumps, more times than not that continues into the water and will have the same bottom in that area. If you look up in the mountains and you see a draw it'll usually relate to the lake also.|
|Jimmy Pell||Q:||How would you fish cold muddy water,water temps that are 55 and colder|
|A:||That's tough, If I had to fish under those conditions, I would slow roll a 3/4 ounce Booyah spinnerbait with a #6 Colorado blade. Something that makes a lot of vibration, something that gets their attention in that cold muddy water.|
|Tanner McMahan||Q:||What was your tactics on fishing at lake hartwell back in 2011? It's about that time of year when y'all were down here.|
|A:||I was just looking for areas that had the most shallow water that I thought would hold the biggest amount of spawners.|
|Tommy Sendek||Q:||What is your go to jerkbait color in clear water?|
|A:||Either Blue Chrome or Blue Herring|
|Steve LaRue||Q:||What color of jerkbait do you use in Oklahoma water.|
|Olien Taber||Q:||I have a question. When fishing the circuit. If you win money is it taxed by the state the tournament is held in?|
|A:||Some states do and some states don’t. I'd say about 20% tax it and the others you're responsible to pay the taxes at a later time.|
|Kendale Roach||Q:||Are you fishing both the BASS elites and FLW or just FLW?|
|BJ Mckay||Q:||Will you be stitching over to B.A.S.S tournaments full time or keep the full time FLW schedule?|
I'll be fishing both this year.
Editors note: Jason's Schedule
|Hayden Tilley||Q:||What's the best advice you can give to young anglers that want to turn pro one day.|
|Sonny Boyd||Q:||What's the best way for a young angler like myself to get to the pro level ... Meaning a guy that has a big family and not a lot of money ...|
|Daniel Baldwin||Q:||What is the best way for young anglers like myself to start working to go pro?|
|Doug Ruster||Q:||What is the best way to get sponsors that pay for entries gas etc?|
|A:||It's hard for a person to all of a sudden turn pro. If you're not competing and dominating at the local levels, you shouldn't turn pro yet. I'd recommend working through the ranks, up through the BFLs, then Everstarts or Opens to the Majors or Elites. With sponsors, if you're caching them and if you're a good role model for bass fishing, a lot of time the sponsors will find you. You also have be a good salesman and representative for the company, a lot of companies are more interested in how many products you can sell, not always how many bass you catch.|
|Michael Wenger||Q:||how would you confront changing weather conditions?|
|Justin Hazen||Q:||How do you prepare yourself to fish a cold front?|
|A:||If you got something going and it gets cold, the fish really aren't gonna move too drastically. They’ll still be in the same area, you might just have to change up lures or presentation. If you're fishing shallow water, you may just need to back out to the first ledge that they would go to.|
|Andrew Yankee Sloat||Q:||What is the best and worst parts of being a pro angler?|
|A:||The best part is traveling across the country and fishing different bodies of water. The worst part is being gone from family for weeks a time.|
|Tyler Hickey||Q:||What lures did you throw on grand lake?|
|A:||Rogue, Perfect 10, Bedbug jig and Bomber 6a Fire Tiger.|
|Jason Adair||Q:||I noticed u threw the Smithwick a lot. What other baits did u have tied on and did they catch any of ur quality fish? If you had been able to throw the A-rig, how much would that have changed things?|
|A:||If I was able to throw a Yumbrella rig I would have at least tried it. With the water color though, I'm guessing the Yumbrella rig woulnd't have been a major player.|
|Brandon Johnson||Q:||whats your favorite soft plastic.|
The Yum Woolly Bug
Editors Note - Video of Jason and the Woolly Bug
|Daniel Rolufs||Q:||where is the first place the perfect 10 will be available to the public? Do you make any additions and or change color of hooks on your jerk baits?|
|A:||I would check Lurenet.com for the Perfect 10. With most of my stuff I use factory colors. I do change the trebles to round bend Trokars though.|
|Levi Spence||Q:||Is grand lake your favorite lake to fish if not what is?|
|A:||Grand Lake is my favorite, absolutely.|
|Bobby Tindal||Q:||Where do you stay when traveling to various parts of the country?|
|A:||I try to rent houses with buddies or friends, or crash with someone if they live on the lake. I try to stay away from hotels, although sometimes we have to.|
|Becky Cross Dodson||Q:||How do you put up with James Watson and Robbie Dodson?|
|A:||I use earplugs and blindfolds.|
|Brad Tillman||Q:||Did you lose a camo glove on the first morning? If you did I have it. Picked it up outside of big hollow.|
|A:||I did, I'll send you a message. Hang on to it for me and I'll get with you at a later time. Thanks.|
|Will Reed||Q:||What are some tips or tricks on dealing with line twist on spinning tackle. Other than using a swivel|
|A:||I don't like to use a swivel. Once you start getting twist in your line, clip your lure off and let out a bunch of line while idling down the lake. Drag it behind the boat for about 20-30 seconds. Reel it in and the twist will be gone.|
|Terry R. Nichols||Q:||With Tenkiller being my favorite lake, what is one distinct similarity in stlye of fishing between Grand and Tenkiller and the one thing that is a polar opposite.|
Similar: They're usually in same patterns at same time. If they're hitting a jerkbait on Tenkiller they'll be hitting it on Grand. If they're spawning on Tenkiller they'll be spawning on Grand too.
Opposite: Tenkiller doesn’t have as many docks as Grand and Grand always some kind of structure to fish.
|CW Buoy||Q:||I wont ask for your favorite hole, how about a few places to avoid from grove to shangri la?|
|A:||I would say there aren't any places to avoid there. That's one of my favorite areas to fish and I've caught fish out of all of them.|
|Brandon Greenberg||Q:||What are some steps you take when pre fishing a tournament? Do you fish baits with no hook or do you bend them over or stick every fish that bites?|
|A:||I start off catching and if I get in area with a lot of bites, then I turn my hooks in or remove them. I try to catch a few though to check quality and to see how healthy the fish are.|
|Ryan Lewis||Q:||How big of a role do local anglers play during the run up to the classic or any other elite series tourney?|
|A:||During the Classic, the local anglers showed a lot of respect to the qualifiers. I think in return it has given Grand Lake a good reputation as a great fishing lake, and one that shows the respect of local anglers.|
|Shannon Kirkhart||Q:||I have a question for him: What promoted Jason to want to become an angler? How did he feel going into the top six and what was his resction to the outcome?|
|A:||It was a combination of being outdoors and being competitive. I was actually where I wanted to be, about 5-6 lbs back, until Cliff weighed in. Then I was about 12lbs back. It busted my bubble a bit. At that point I had to go for a big sack. Second doesn’t matter whether down by 2 or 20 so you have to try for the big bag.|
|Jim Trickett||Q:||Which was tougher. Shooting a free throw in Jack Dobbins Fieldhouse, which hosts its final game tonight or fishing in The Classic?|
|A:||I would say the Classic.|
|Stephen Badley||Q:||If you could fish the classic again what would you have done different this time?|
|A:||During practice I would have tried to spend more time developing a pattern rather than fishing places I've caught them in the past.|
|Ryan Allison||Q:||Question: Do vegetarians eat animal crackers?|
|A:||I don't know, I really don't.|
QuarterShare Gourmet Beef Sticks adds two-time 2012 Opens' winner Jason Christie to the QuarterShare “family”. Christie will hand out free QuarterShare Gourmet Beef Sticks to fans and fellow anglers at angling events across the country beginning with the Bassmaster Classic in Oklahoma.
Christie’s earned close to $650,000 at FLW tournaments over the past 12 years, including the prize money from five BFLs on Grand Lake. Christie, an Oklahoma angler who resides at Park Hill near Lake Tenkiller, added another $105,000 in earnings from B.A.S.S. events, including his two Bassmaster Open wins last year. He qualified for the Bassmaster Classic with his July win on the Detroit River in Michigan, fishing in the Northern Open series.
Christie agreed to join the QuarterShare team because of the exceptional quality of their beef sticks and their unique sense and support of community. “QuarterShare”, as the name conveys, shares/donates a quarter of all beef sticks sold to groups who are fundraising or to provide food for charities, Salvation Army and after-school snack programs.
“Jason Christie was a good fit for the QuarterShare “family”. He’s a great angler but that’s not why we asked him to be on our team. It’s because his values align with ours.” said Richard Cranford, Owner and CEO of QuarterShare Gourmet Beef Sticks. “He’s an incredible family man, a very charitable guy and supports a healthful life for his athletic family.”
QuarterShare Gourmet Beef Sticks are gluten free, have 0 trans fat, are only 3.5 grams of fat compared to others’ 13 grams of fat and only 60 calories compared to others’ 150 calories, low in carbohydrates, nut and nut oil free, have no MSG and are 80% beef, 20% pork compared others’ 80% pork, 20% beef.
“It was important to me that children who fundraise using our beef sticks were not selling “empty calories” or sugar-laden snacks,” said Christie. “I was somewhat surprised by how great they taste when they are that healthy. It was also a bonus to me that they are an Oklahoma company and use high quality Midwest beef.”
QuarterShare Gourmet Beef Sticks is a private, for-profit business based in Tulsa, Oklahoma built on two simple principles; quality products and community responsibility. To show your support for Jason Christie go to www.quartershare.com and order some of our gourmet beef sticks. His favorite is “Original” but you can also choose from “Smokey Sweet” or “Jalapeno”. Then click “I support Jason Christie”.
Oklahoma native and Cherokee citizen Jason Christie is competing in his first Bassmaster Classic event next week on Grand Lake o’ the Cherokees.
CATOOSA, Okla. – Cherokee Nation officials announced today they are teaming up with local pro-angler Jason Christie as he competes in his first Bassmaster Classic.
“The Cherokee Nation is proud to sponsor Jason on his quest to win the Bassmaster tournament,” said Bill John Baker, Cherokee Nation Principal Chief. “He is a Cherokee citizen that our people, especially our youth, can look up to and be inspired by. Through his commitment, character and drive, Jason has ascended to the highest ranks of professional fishermen in the nation.”
The sponsorship gives Christie an opportunity to sport his Cherokee pride by displaying the Cherokee Nation seal and the Cherokee Nation Businesses brand on his boat and truck and the businesses brand on his jersey.
“This sponsorship is especially important to me,” said Christie, who will compete Feb. 22 -24 in the event on Grand Lake. “It is an opportunity to represent the Cherokee people and the Cherokee Nation. I am honored to represent my tribe.”
Christie, a native of Tahlequah, grew up fishing local lakes with his father, and five years ago he made his debut on the pro-circuit. So far in his professional career, he has earned 13 top-10 finishes on the national level and has ranked as high as 4th on the FLW Tour after winning eight FLW tournaments.
His most recent accomplishment is earning a spot to compete in the 2013 Bassmaster Classic by snagging a victory last summer in Michigan.
"It seemed like such a long shot,” Christie said. “I didn't know if it was even worth trying. All I knew about that lake was what I saw on the map. But I really wanted to be in the Classic on Grand Lake. It’s my home lake — my favorite — the one I grew up fishing.”
The 2013 Bassmaster Classic, presented by Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa, features the top professional bass anglers in the world when they hit the lake next week.
Fans have the chance to meet Christie on Wednesday at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.
For more information about the meet and greet, visit www.hardrockcasinotulsa.com.
Lew's announces the addition of seasoned Bassmaster Elite Series fisherman Marty Robinson and two-time 2012 Opens' winner Jason Christie to the Team Lew's pro staff. Both anglers will be fishing Lew's reels in the 2013 Bassmaster Classic next month on Oklahoma's Grand Lake O' the Cherokees.
Robinson, from Lyman, S.C., has been competing along the Elite Series tournament trail since 2007. He has five top 10 finishes to his credit, including a third place check from the 2012 B.A.S.S. Elite event held in June on Toledo Bend Reservoir. The 2013 Bassmaster Classic will be the second such appearance for Robinson; his first was last year's on the Red River out of the Shreveport-Bossier City, La., area.
Christie, an Oklahoma angler who resides at Park Hill near Lake Tenkiller, has mostly fished FLW tournaments over the past dozen years. He's earned nearly $650,000 on that trail, including the top prize money from five BFLs on Grand Lake. He's also added another $105,000 in earnings from B.A.S.S. events, with most of that coming from his two Bassmaster Open wins last year. One of those, his July win on the Detroit River in Michigan while fishing in the Northern Open series, is what qualified him for the upcoming Bassmaster Classic. He also won the Central Open tournament on Oklahoma's Fort Gibson Lake in September.
Both anglers are known for their versatile fishing skills and are therefore expected to do well in fishing the cold waters of Grand during the February timeframe. Among all Classic contenders, Christie likely has more experience on this particular lake than any of the others anglers, adding even more pressure for him to do well in this event that many consider to be bass fishing's Super Bowl.
"Yes, winning the Bassmaster Classic is a big deal for an angler and his sponsors, but that's not why we've tapped Marty and Jason for Team Lew's," said Lynn Reeves, Lew's CEO. "First and foremost, both of these anglers are classy guys that present themselves well in whatever the circumstances on and off the water. They are simply a good fit for the Lew's brand which has earned its reputation by being a workhorse name that you can always depend on.
"Marty and Jason are joining an elite group of like-minded individuals that make up our team and make us proud every day of the year, not just during the Classic," Reeves added.