Aaron Johnson caguht an 18-14 stringer on Saturday to win the Sam Rayburn Reservoir Southwestern Toyota Series with a 3-day total of 54-14. It was the second FLW triumph for Johnson, who earned $31,751.
Johnson trailed Blake Schroeder by 3 ounces heading into the final day and both boxed more than 18 pounds, but Johnson's haul gave him the victory by 11 ounces. His key offering was a modified crankbait with a custom paint job and a filed-down bill.
“I have a lot of confidence in it,” Johnson said of his bait. “I won a two-day tournament a few years ago here with it. I know what it will do if you stay with it, so I never put it down. I threw a ChatterBait maybe 10 times and then I cut it off and put on a crankbait. I just had to stick with it and let It work itself out.”
Here are the final totals for the Top 10:
1. Aaron Johnson: 54-14
2. Blake Schroeder: 54-03
3. Nick LeBrun: 45-15
4. Chris McCall: 44-13
5. Stephen Johnston: 42-01
6. Tim Reneau: 41-15
7. Kenneth Cates: 41-12
8. Todd Castledine: 41-04
9. Cole Moore: 40-04
10. Justin O'Brian Cooper: 39-04