One of the things both nature and competitive sports share in common is that the old - at some point, will always be replaced by the new. And that inevitable fact is not necessarily a bad thing, it’s just the way it is.
And you need only look at this weekend’s exciting Coors Light Future Pro Tour Classic championship event to see a good example of that dynamic, as it appeared that a changing of the “old guard” took place, as veteran teams were made to yield their positions of perennial dominance to the sizeable contingency of both young and brash anglers that qualified for the Classic, and successfully thrive within all aspects of today’s competitive angling scene.
Young lions Joe Cunningham and Tanner Austin came into this Classic Championship event with a confidence that some might feel not congruent with their respective experience levels.
But a dominant performance like the one turned in during this event - over experienced veteran teams who hold decades of experience and Future Pro Tour Classic championship titles to their credit, has to make even the most skeptical amongst us stand up and take notice.
“We came to win, and were willing to put in whatever time was necessary to make our dreams come true”, said an elated Tanner as he and Joe reflected over the biggest win of their young careers. We have mad respect for the old’ school anglers, and still have a lot to learn, but make no mistake…we are here to win - and plan on being here for a while”.
Tanner and Joe spent three days in the same area of the north fork of the lake, following the river channel to its very end, to locate big spotted bass that were moving up with the rising water and air temperatures. They revealed that R2Sea jigs and Keitech swimbaits were the keys to bagging a 15-fish limit weighing 51.37 pounds.
For the win they will receive the keys to a new Ram Truck and all of the accolades that go with capturing the most coveted title in amateur bass fishing.
Wallace and Wallace come close – again
“Young gun” Kirby Wallace and his father started fishing the Future Pro Tour back in 2003, in the tour’s small boat division, parlaying the momentum they received from winning that division’s Angler of the Year title, to move up to the big boat division - and have never looked back, coming close on several occasions, to winning the Classic.
And though they came up short, they again posted an outstanding performance, bagging a 3-day, 15-fish limit that weighed 40.21 pounds.
“It has been a blessing to see my son’s talents grow and develop over the years”, noted partner and father Kevin Wallace. This tour has developed Kirby’s skills tremendously, and he will stay on that trolling motor – casting ALL DAY, until he figures out what the fish are doing. I’m just glad that I have a partner with that kind of energy”!
For second place they received $2,500 dollars.
With another Coors Light Classic championship in the books, all attentions are turning to the tour’s 15th Year anniversary – season opener March 25th at Lake Berryessa where the fishing should be no less than outstanding!
This event marks the first event of the year, and from it you can get a good start on the points you will need to help you qualify for the 2017-18 Coors Light Future Pro Tour Classic championship. Remember in the 2017-18 Classic, each region is guaranteed to win the keys to a new vehicle!
See you all at the Berryessa opener!
The Coors Light Future Pro Tour is presented by:
- Coors Light
- Ram Trucks
- Gone Fishin Marine
- Mercury Outboards
- Johnson Outdoors
- Yamamoto Custom Baits
- Lucky Craft
- Plano Synergy
- Mustang Survival
- Thunder Valley Casino
- Bass Pro Shops
- Tackle Warehouse
- Fisherman's Warehouse
- Hi' Tackle Box
- C&C Marine