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EverStart Series
Brauer Wins EverStart Series Texas Division Event On Toledo Bend

Burks wins co-angler title

by Brady Bolin
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Strike King pro Denny Brauer had a rocky start on day two, but eventually caught 22-10 and took over the lead.
Photo by David A. Brown
(Feb. 16, 2013 - HEMPHILL, TX)...

Denny Brauer of Del Rio, Texas, weighed a five-bass limit totaling 17 pounds even Saturday to win the EverStart Series Texas Division event presented by Mercury on Toledo Bend with a three-day total of 15 bass weighing 56 pounds, 8 ounces. For his victory, Brauer earned $27,137 and a Ranger Z518 with a 200-horsepower Evinrude or Mercury outboard motor.

"It feels awesome," said Brauer. "It was definitely a struggle today and I went through a lot of different emotions all day long wondering if I was going to end up with enough weight to win. I am totally elated.

"All three days I fished boat docks and pretty much stayed on the lower end of the lake," Brauer continued. "I was covering a lot of docks but catching most of my fish where there was 5 to 10 feet of water underneath. I was pitching a ?-ounce Strike King Denny Brauer pro model jig in black and blue color on 25-pound-test line.

"I really didn’t see a lot people out there doing what I was doing," Brauer went on to say. "That’s the neat thing about Toledo Bend. It’s such a good lake and there is so much cover that boat docks are not the premier player here. Most people ignore the docks. The fact that I had them all to myself probably enabled me to win the tournament."

This was Brauer’s first victory in FLW competition but he is no stranger to fishing success. Brauer recently retired from an outstanding career with the Bassmaster Elite Series and moved south to his present home in Del Rio, Texas. This is his second season fishing the EverStart Series and he is currently sitting in fourth place in the Texas division Angler of the Year race.

The top 10 pros on Toledo Bend were:

1st: Denny Brauer Del Rio, Texas 15 bass 56-8 $27,137 + Ranger Z518
2nd: Dustin Grice Hewitt, Texas 15 bass 53-12 $10,176
3rd: Stephen Johnston Hemphill, Texas 11 bass 46-6 $6,784
4th: Jeromy Francis Magnolia, Texas 15 bass 46-4 $6,106
5th: Todd Castledine Nacogdoches, Texas 13 bass 45-4 $5,427
6th: Jim Tutt Longview, Texas 15 bass 45-3 $4,749
7th: Keith Combs Huntington, Texas 15 bass 45-2 $4,071
8th: Andrew Upshaw Hemphill, Texas 12 bass 39-8 $3,392
9th: Kelly Owens Crowley, La. 11 bass 34-8 $2,714
10th: Bill Glascock Kingston, Okla. 12 bass 33-3 $2,035

Tommy Rascoe caught the biggest bass of the tournament in the pro division Friday - a 10-pound, 6-ounce bass - that earned him the day’s EverStart Series Big Bass award of $178.

Kevin Burks of Kountze, Texas, won the co-angler division and a Ranger Z117 with an Evinrude or Mercury outboard motor with a three-day total of 14 bass weighing 36 pounds, 6 ounces.

The top 10 co-anglers on Toledo Bend were:

1st: Kevin Burks Kountze, Texas 14 bass 36-6 Ranger Z117 w/90 HP outboard
2nd: David Kayda Huffman, Texas 14 bass 33-9 $3,694
3rd: Jim Furr Hemphill, Texas 10 bass 32-6 $2,955
4th: Howard Hartley Berwick, La. 11 bass 31-4 $2,586
5th: Elton Brock Denton, Texas nine bass 26-9 $2,217
6th: Jason Gates Kountze, Texas nine bass 24-12 $1,847
7th: Kevin Gressett Tioga, Texas nine bass 24-6 $1,478
8th: Casey Martin Anacoco, La. six bass 24-4 $1,108
9th: Steve Hope Ovilla, Texas seven bass 23-11 $739
10th: Ralph Logan Sr. Magnolia, Texas seven bass 20-2 $591

Martin caught the biggest bass of the tournament in the co-angler division Friday - a 13-pound, 1-ounce bass - that earned him the day’s EverStart Series Big Bass award of $118.

The EverStart Series consists of five divisions - Central, Northern, Southeast, Texas and Western. Each division consists of four tournaments and competitors will be vying for valuable points in each division that could earn them the Strike King Angler of the Year title, which allows them to fish the 2014 Forrest Wood Cup.

The next EverStart Series Texas Division tournament will be April 18-20 at Lake Texoma in Pottsboro, Texas, and is hosted by the Denison Area Chamber of Commerce.

For complete details and updated information visit the FLWOutdoors website. For regular updates, photos, tournament news and more, follow FLW on Facebook at Facebook/FLWFishing and on Twitter at Twitter/FLWOutdoors.

FLW is the industry’s premier tournament-fishing organization, providing anglers of all skill levels the opportunity to compete for millions in prize money nationwide in 2013 over the course of 220 tournaments across five tournament circuits, four of which provide an avenue to the sport’s richest payday and most coveted championship trophy - the Forrest Wood Cup. FLW tournament fishing can be seen on the Emmy-nominated "FLW" television show and is broadcast to more than 559 million households worldwide, making it the most widely distributed weekly outdoors-sports television show in the world. FLW is committed to providing a lifestyle experience that is the "Best in Fishing, On and Off the Water." For more information about FLW visit the FLWOutdoors website and look for FLW on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and YouTube.

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