Tears in his eyes, his fiancé Lindsey by his side, 21-year old FLW Tour rookie Stetson Blaylock said he’s proof that anyone can do it – can rise through the ranks and win a tour-level event – if you just put your mind to it.
Blaylock began the day in 2nd at the Norman FLW Tour in North Carolina – 1-07 behind leader Koby Kreiger. The sight-fishing bite was dominant, and Kreiger’s one of the best ever with the technique.
Blaylock, on the other hand, “just fished.” He believed in the jig for the first 3 days and skipped docks with it. Today he mixed in a shakey-head and more sight-fish and weighed the heaviest bag of the final 2 days at 12-13.
Kreiger, meanwhile, missed three blowups on his morning topwater bite and struggled to find catchable quality on beds. He limped in with 9-02 and slipped to finish 2nd. Andy Morgan, currently ranked 14th in the world, weighed 12-09 and improved a spot to finish 2nd – exactly 1 pound behind Blaylock.
Greg Pugh rebounded after an 8 1/2-pound day 3 and put 10-12 on the scales, which moved him up from 9th to finish 4th – exactly where he finished here last year.
Sean Hoernke weighed 8-14 to about match his day-3 weight and improved a spot to finish 5th.