Bill Tervin weighed 17-02 during Saturday's final round to capture the win at the Grand Lake Central Rayovac Series. He posted a 3-day total of 48-05 to claim $40,000 in cash and a new Ranger Z518.
He won despite not having a limit on day 1.
“This is pretty incredible,” said Tervin, a former FLW Tour co-angler who earned his first victory from the front of the boat. “It still hasn’t really sunk in yet. To get a win against the caliber of anglers that were in this top-10 is pretty special.”
Tervin caught everything he weighed on a Reaction Innovations Skinny Dipper (sprayed grass) fished in 1 to 2 feet of water as he targeted pea gravel and rocky transition banks near spawning flats. Additional details of Tervin's pattern will be published soon.
“The advice that my dad would always give me was really key this week,” Tervin said. “He would always tell me, ‘Bill, slow down, you’re fishing too fast.’ I really slowed down and I think that was pretty important.”
Fellow Oklahoman Darrel Robertson moved up to claim 2nd with 47-08 while day-2 leader Wesley Strader slipped to 3rd with 46-14.
Here's how the top 10 lined up at the end.
1. Bill Tervin: 48-05
2. Darrel Robertson: 47-08
3. Wesley Strader: 46-14
4. Travis Fox: 45-11
5. J.T. Kenney: 45-04
6. Ricky Scott: 44-02
7. Dan Morehead: 41-02
8. Dale Hightower: 40-02
9. Koby Kreiger: 36-08
10. Stuart Arthur: 35-07