Technically, Justin Lucas lives in Alabama, but he grew up in California. And technically, the BASS Elite Series tournament over the weekend was on the Sacramento River, but everyone knows Lucas and the rest of the field were fishing the California Delta.
Both of those points lined up perfectly for Lucas, who used some of his favorite childhood fishing spots to take home his first Elite Series victory over another former California angler and consistent runner-up, Aaron Martens – this marked his sixth second-place finish on the Elite Series since 2000.
Making the win even more impressive was who else was in the top 10. Lucas’ win now has him fourth in the Pro Ranking, just behind Keith Combs (No. 3) and ahead of Martens (No. 6), Dean Rojas (No. 7), Jason Christie (No. 19) and Bobby Lane (No. 22) – all top-10 finishes over the weekend. In essence, Lucas held off five of the top 25 anglers in the world for his victory.
Of course, those rankings will change Wednesday. The 2013 BASS Elite Series event on West Point Lake is set to drop off, and with it Martens’ second-place finish and Combs’ 14th. Then again, with the Lake Havasu tournament set for this weekend and the 2013 Alabama River event dropping off, the rankings are far from set in stone.