MDJ, Grigsby Find Bronze Victories


img_9832-mark-daniels-jr copyA good smallmouth bite is some of the most fun any angler can have on the water, and the anglers on the Elite Series and FLW Tour sure had a lot of fun over the weekend. Though, it’s safe to say the tour pros had a time they’ll never forget.

We’ll start in South Dakota, where Mark Daniels Jr. got his first major victory on the first-ever major tournament on Lake Oahe. While plenty of pros struggled mightily, MDJ pulled out the victory thanks to a Ned rig with a Z-Man Finesse TRD and drop-shotting a Z-Man Finesse WormZ.

Yet, Lake St. Clair was the big winner of the weekend. The fishery showed out in ridiculous fashion, setting the record for most cumulative weight over the first two days of a tour event. In the ultimate slugfest, no one slugged harder than Chad Grigsby. The Minnesota pro got it done thanks to a Venom Lures Salt Series Tube, but he did his heaviest lifting with a Duo Realis Spinbait 80.

Now, let’s look at the rankings.

Despite having two events, nothing really changed in the top five, but look a couple spots more and suddenly you’ll see Daniels’ name again. His victory has him all the way to ninth.

Dropping out were pros like James Elam and Mark Rose, who still managed to hang on and win his first FLW Angler of the Year crown over the weekend.

As for Grigsby, he’ll be shaking off a rough past two seasons for awhile, but the victory certainly will get him back headed in the right direction, as he’s now ranked 127th.


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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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