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Nelson prevails at Smith Mountain EverStart

Nelson prevails at Smith Mountain EverStart

Ron Nelson of Berrien Springs, Mich., weighed a 16-pound bag Saturday to win the Smith Mountain Lake Northern EverStart in Virginia with a 3-day total of 48-15

“I feel great right now,” said Nelson, who was making his EverStart debut and his first visit to the venue. “Today was really a struggle. I didn’t catch my kicker fish until 5 minutes before I had to weigh-in. It was a 3 1/2-pounder, and ended up being the difference-maker for me.”

Nelson targeted bedding fish throughout the week, and said that 14 of the 15 bass that he weighed in came off of beds. Details of his winning pattern will be published soon.

Here's how the Top 10 finished:

1. Ron Nelson: 48-15
2. Joseph Wood: 48-04
3. Chris Johnston: 46-02
4. Derik Hudson: 45-13
5. Philip Jarabeck: 44-12
6. Donald Sheffey: 44-11
7. Cory Johnston: 43-07
8. Luke Nichols: 41-13
9. Matt Stoupa: 38-12
10. Russ Simpson: 34-06

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