AURORA – Randy Haynes of Counce, Tennessee, weighed a five-bass limit totaling 27 pounds, 10 ounces Saturday to win the Rayovac FLW Series Central Division event on Kentucky Lake.
Haynes had a three-day total of 15 bass weighing 75 pounds, 5 ounces. For his victory, he earned $40,000 and a new Ranger Z518 with a 200-horespower Evinrude or Mercury outboard.
Benton anglers Brandon Hunter and Ray Barga were fifth and 10th, respectively.
Hunter hauled in a three-day catch of 69-13 and won $9.000. Barga’s total was 63-1, and he won $4,000.
Second through fourth were Jason Lambert of Pickwick Dam, Tennessee, 73-7; Mark Rose, West Memphis, Arkansas, 71-3; and Barry Wilson, Birmingham, Alabama, 70-2.
Another Marshall County angler placed well. Chuck Rounds of Benton was eighth in the co-angler standings with a catch of 49-3. He won $1,750.
Tim Hale of Olpe, Kansas, won the co-angler competition with 61-4.
Haynes is now tied with fellow FLW Tour pro Koby Kreiger for most all-time Rayovac FLW Series win with five.
“I put a lot of practice in and yesterday it felt like my fish down south were going away,” said Haynes, who picked up the fifth Rayovac FLW Series win of his career.
“I was coming out of Jonathan Creek this morning and three-quarters of the way out I wasn’t sure if I was going to go right or left,” Haynes said. “I went down south and fished two spots for about 30 minutes to clear my mind, then I went back up north toward the dam and I knew I had made the right decision.”
Haynes said that he burned upwards of 40 gallons of gas each day of the tournament and burned even more today to put together his winning bag.
“Down south my spots were mostly 12 feet deep on top and fell off into 18 to 25 feet of water,” he said. “Up north, they were 18 to 23 feet deep and dropped off into a flat or down into the river channel.
“I caught several fish down south, but I only kept one that was about three and a half pounds because I didn’t want to have to start culling.
“A lot of times my windows to catch fish would only be two or three minutes long and I needed to keep up with them and not waste time culling. I didn’t even have to catch a bass to make them move. If they bit they were moving.”
Haynes commented, “I can’t believe this is happening” with regard to his recent string of success in FLW events.
“The competition is getting so tough, and guys really understand ledge fishing,” he said. “It is so hard to stay on top. Depth finders are getting better, and there are more guys out on the ledges than ever before. Especially Kentucky Lake – it has some of the best ledge fishermen in the country.”
Haynes said he caught most of his bass on a Profound Outdoors Z-Boss 20, a Strike King 10XD, a variety of swimbaits and a 1-ounce Profound Outdoors jig.
Billy Hurt of Spring Creek, Tennessee, caught the biggest bass of the tournament in the pro division Friday – an 8-pound, 13-ounce bass – that earned him the day’s Rayovac FLW Series Big Bass award of $300.
Tim Webb of Olpe, Kansas, won the co-angler division and a Ranger Z117C with an Evinrude or Mercury outboard motor with a three-day total of 15 bass weighing 61 pounds, 4 ounces.