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Svebek Resurrects His Pro Fishing Career With A Bassmaster Open Win

Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Central Open No. 2

by: JamieDay Matthews,

Carl Svebek of Orange, TX, wins the Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Central Open No. 2 held on the Sabine River out of Orange, Texas, with a 3-day total weight of 36 lbs, 12 oz.
Photo by James Overstreet/B.A.S.S.
(Jun 17, 2017 - ORANGE, TX)

Carl Svebek III has been a professional angler for most of his life.

He cut his teeth fishing tournaments on Sam Rayburn Reservoir, and he went on to fish in several major series as an adult. Eight years ago, Svebek dropped out of sight. He stopped fishing professionally. He had lost his title sponsor and was going through a divorce. So he decided to give up the sport he loved to spend more time with his children who hadn’t seen much of dad while he was on the road fishing.

Svebek returned to pro angling 18 months ago. He made the biggest splash of his professional career today by winning the Bass Pro Shops Central Open on the Sabine River here on the Texas/Louisiana border. Svebek weighed a limit of five bass on Saturday that totaled 12 pounds, 3 ounces. It gave him a three-day total of 36-12, which was just enough to vault over T-Roy Broussard, who led the tournament the first two days.

Svebek, who also moved to Orange last year, was in second place heading into Saturday’s competition, and he took the hot seat with only Broussard remaining to weigh-in. The Port Arthur, Texas, resident had only 10 pounds in his sack, which sealed the win for the 50-year-old Svebek. An ecstatic Svebek leaped into the air and pumped his fist repeatedly as the hometown crowd burst into celebration.

Svebek was choked with emotion as he spoke to the crowd, and he spent at least 10 minutes hugging family and friends before breaking free to discuss his victory.

“This is absolutely a dream come true,” he said. “To be able to win this tournament in front of all these people from Orange is really special to me. I’ll never forget it.”

He won’t have much time to forget the big win. Svebek now will prepare for the final Central Open of the season which will be held on Oklahoma’s Grand Lake O’ the Cherokees in October. If he fishes in that tournament, he will earn a berth in the 2018 GEICO Bassmaster Classic presented by DICK’S Sporting Goods.

No way he’s missing the final Central Open, he said.

“I’m fishing the Bassmaster Classic,” he marveled aloud to the large crowd who greeted him offstage. “Can you believe it?”

To get there, Svebek fished the marshes just on the Louisiana side of the Sabine River, which was about a 20-minute run downriver. He eased into an extremely dense area crowded with “just about every kind of grass you can imagine,” he said.

“There were a lot of lily pads, especially on the shorelines,” he said. “There was milfoil and hydrilla. I was in about a foot and a half of water, and it was clear. That was key; getting the clean water. There was very little tidal movement in there, and that kind of helped me.”

Svebek said his key bait for the week was a Zoom Super Fluke (bluegill color) rigged Texas-style with a Bass Pro Shops XPS EWG hook. He also put a swivel about 1 foot up the line to help keep his line from twisting on long casts he was making to open pockets inside the foliage.

“I really liked the way the bait worked with the swivel,” he said. “It sounds ridiculous, but it was just enough weight that when it hit, if I paused for a minute, it would give it time to go down. I know I caught two 4-pounders this week on the initial fall. After 12 noon, I would put on a Bass Pro Shops frog. I wouldn’t get many bites doing that, but when I got one, it was a game-changer. The 4-pounder I had today was on that frog.”

That kicker may have been the bass that pushed Svebek to the Central Open win. As he held the championship trophy aloft on Saturday, he realized just how far he had come since his return to professional angling.

“To be honest, I didn’t know where I was going a year and a half ago,” he said. “I was struggling. I was having a hard time finding a job in the oil business. And then my good friend David Jones (whose Orange-based Gopher Industrial sponsored the Central Open) called me up and offered me a job. And he gave me a chance to go fishing again. I missed it, and I’m eternally grateful for him for letting me do this again.”

Svebek won a Skeeter ZX200/Yamaha SHO200 boat and motor package worth approximately $45,000, as well as $7,893 in cash. He picked up an additional $500 by winning the Power-Pole Captains Cash Award.

Broussard seemed destined to win the Central Open after his strong start, but he finished a hard-luck second. He weighed a respectable bag on Saturday (the fifth heaviest of the 12 anglers,) but it wasn’t enough to hold off Svebek’s hard charge. Broussard did split the $750 Phoenix Boats Big Bass Award with Johnny Nguyen. Both anglers weighed a 5-5 bass, which tied for the heaviest in the tournament. Broussard also won the Livingston Lures Leader Award of $250 for holding the Day 2 lead.

The remaining pros in the Top 12 were third, Chad Morgenthaler, 34-10; fourth, Jeff Avery, 34; fifth, Shane Cormier, 33-12; sixth, Randy Sullivan, 33-10; seventh, Josh Bertrand, 29-14; eighth, Matthew Delaney, 29-9; ninth, Trey Smith, 29-8; 10th, John Garrett, 29-2; 11th, Jonathan Simon, 28-6; and 12th, Terry Luedtke, 26-8.

Michael Soliz of Orange won the co-angler division with a three-day total of 19-2. Soliz actually tied with Jordan Burks of Joplin, Mo., for first place, but Soliz won the tiebreaker as he had a higher single-day total than Burks. Soliz won a Triton 179 TrX Mercury 115 ELPT four-stroke boat and motor package with his victory.

In the nonboater division, Burks received the Phoenix Boats Big Bass award of $250 with a 5-15 bass. Mark Powers of Platteville, Colo., received the Livingston Lures Leader Award of $250 in merchandise for being the Day 2 leader in the co-angler division.

The Central Open was sponsored by the Greater Orange Area Chamber of Commerce.

2017 Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Opens Series Title Sponsor: Bass Pro Shops

2017 Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Opens Series Platinum Sponsor: Toyota

2017 Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Opens Series Premier Sponsors: Minn Kota, Nitro Boats, Skeeter Boats, Triton Boats, Yamaha, Berkley, Huk, Humminbird, Mercury, Power-Pole, Shell Rotella

2017 Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Opens Series Supporting Sponsors: Dick Cepek Tires & Wheels, Livingston Lures, Lowrance, Phoenix Boats, Shimano, T-H Marine, Advance Auto Parts, Carhartt

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Sabine River System, Orange  TX.


(BOATER) Standings Day 3

   Angler                   Hometown              No./lbs-oz  Pts   Total $$$

1.  Carl Svebek  III       Orange, TX              15  36-12  200  $53,393.00
  Day 1: 5   11-11     Day 2: 5   12-14     Day 3: 5   12-03  
2.  T-Roy Broussard        Port Arthur, TX         15  36-01  199  $19,372.00
  Day 1: 5   15-00     Day 2: 5   11-01     Day 3: 5   10-00  
3.  Chad Morgenthaler      Reeds Spring, MO        15  34-10  198  $14,060.00
  Day 1: 5   13-00     Day 2: 5   08-10     Day 3: 5   13-00  
4.  Jeff Avery             El Dorado, AR           15  34-00  197  $12,580.00
  Day 1: 5   09-14     Day 2: 5   13-04     Day 3: 5   10-14  
5.  Shane Cormier          Ragley, LA              15  33-12  196  $10,977.00
  Day 1: 5   09-03     Day 2: 5   13-01     Day 3: 5   11-08  
6.  Randy Sullivan         Breckenridge, TX        15  33-10  195   $9,373.00
  Day 1: 5   10-15     Day 2: 5   13-03     Day 3: 5   09-08  
7.  Josh Bertrand          San Tan Valley, AZ      15  29-14  194   $7,893.00
  Day 1: 5   13-05     Day 2: 5   08-11     Day 3: 5   07-14  
8.  Matthew Delaney        Pollock, LA             15  29-09  193   $6,290.00
  Day 1: 5   11-10     Day 2: 5   09-15     Day 3: 5   08-00  
9.  Trey Smith             Orange, TX              15  29-08  192   $4,687.00
  Day 1: 5   12-15     Day 2: 5   08-11     Day 3: 5   07-14  
10. John Garrett           Union City, TN          15  29-02  191   $4,317.00
  Day 1: 5   11-09     Day 2: 5   09-04     Day 3: 5   08-05  
11. Jonathan Simon         Orange, TX              15  28-06  190   $3,947.00
  Day 1: 5   09-13     Day 2: 5   12-00     Day 3: 5   06-09  
12. Terry Luedtke          Burton, TX              14  26-08  189   $3,700.00
  Day 1: 5   10-00     Day 2: 5   10-15     Day 3: 4   05-09  


PHOENIX BOATS BIG BASS
     T-Roy Broussard          Port Arthur, TX     05-05        $375.00
     Johnny Nguyen            Tucson, AZ          05-05        $375.00
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Totals
Day   #Limits    #Fish      Weight
 1       144       837      1320-03
 2       139       802      1249-01
 3        11        59       111-04
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         294      1698      2680-08


(NON_BOATER) Standings Day 3

   Angler                   Hometown              No./lbs-oz  Pts   Total $$$

1.  Michael Soliz          Orange, TX               9  19-02  200  $30,000.00
  Day 1: 3   09-01     Day 2: 3   04-09     Day 3: 3   05-08  
2.  Jordan Burks           Joplin, MO               8  19-02  199   $6,293.00
  Day 1: 3   09-00     Day 2: 2   02-06     Day 3: 3   07-12  
3.  Dane Thibodeaux        Lake Charles, LA         9  18-15  198   $4,563.00
  Day 1: 3   05-04     Day 2: 3   07-07     Day 3: 3   06-04  
4.  Charles Harp           Bella Vista, AR          8  18-03  197   $3,083.00
  Day 1: 3   08-04     Day 2: 2   03-06     Day 3: 3   06-09  
5.  Alan Woodford          Winslow, IN              9  18-00  196   $2,837.00
  Day 1: 3   06-03     Day 2: 3   05-09     Day 3: 3   06-04  
6.  Mark Powers            Platteville, CO          9  17-13  195   $2,713.00
  Day 1: 3   05-06     Day 2: 3   08-14     Day 3: 3   03-09  
7.  Gerald Hansen          Weatherford, TX          9  17-09  194   $2,590.00
  Day 1: 3   07-03     Day 2: 3   04-01     Day 3: 3   06-05  
8.  Ben Blankenbeker       Linn Creek, MO           9  16-01  193   $2,467.00
  Day 1: 3   06-02     Day 2: 3   05-08     Day 3: 3   04-07  
9.  Vernon Cooksey         Bossier City, LA         8  15-11  192   $2,343.00
  Day 1: 3   09-04     Day 2: 3   03-08     Day 3: 2   02-15  
10. Steven Shafer          Cleveland, TX            9  15-10  191   $2,097.00
  Day 1: 3   07-03     Day 2: 3   05-05     Day 3: 3   03-02  
11. Daniel Corkern         Florence, MS             8  15-06  190   $1,850.00
  Day 1: 3   08-11     Day 2: 2   02-15     Day 3: 3   03-12  
12. Keith Glasby           Ovilla, TX               8  13-04  189   $1,727.00
  Day 1: 3   03-03     Day 2: 3   07-12     Day 3: 2   02-05  


PHOENIX BOATS BIG BASS
     Jordan Burks             Joplin, MO          05-15        $250.00

Totals
Day   #Limits    #Fish      Weight
 1       114       421       625-02
 2       104       403       565-08
 3        10        34        58-12
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         228       858      1249-06