Fisher Grinds out Costa Championship


000230631_original_650x650Pat Fisher was a professional angler awhile back. Then he wasn’t, and technically he’s still not. He hasn’t lost his ability to catch fish, though.

Fisher has been doing well at the local levels the past few seasons, but a new sponsor helped him step back up to the Minors. The result was a win at the FLW Costa Championship on Table Rock this past weekend.

In punching his ticket to the 2017 Forrest Wood Cup, Fisher bested some of the best locals (Zack Birge, Greg Bohannan, Travis Fox) and even the No. 1-ranked angler, Bryan Thrift. Beating Thirft may have had a bit of sweet revenge, as it was Thrift who came from behind to take the victory from Fisher at the Santee Cooper Costa earlier this season. As for his ranking, Fisher doesn’t qualify for the Two-Year Ranking, obviously, but his first year back in the Minors finishes with him ranked eighth overall in the One-Year Minors-Only Rankings.

Runner up Cody Bird is no slouch, himself, as his second place at Table Rock netted him a move up to 33rd in the Two-Year Minors-Only Ranking. Chris Jones finished fifth, and coincidently, he’s also ranked fifth overall in the Two-Year Minors-Only Ranking.

Now how about those Major-level anglers who fished the Championship? Bohannan is ranked 10th in the Minors after his top 10 at Table Rock. Birge is 20th, Fox is 70th and Thrift is 16th.


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Sean cut his teeth in the journalist world as an award-winning sports reporter, editor and freelancer for various Chicagoland newspapers, including the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun Times and Daily Herald, eventually crossing over into editing and freelance writing in the Outdoor industry. In addition to his position as Editor for, he is also a freelance outdoor writer and lure designer. He resides in the Chicago suburb of Lockport. An avid Bass and Muskie fisherman, his fishing influence began on ponds and lakes in northeast Illinois and has since expanded to a multitude of species across North and Central America. His passion for the sport is rivaled only by his love for building fishing lures, with a number of his designs being used by top professional anglers and produced by various lure companies today. Google+

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