Williams leads wire-to-wire, wins FLW Tour at Lewis Smith Lake
Published By OutdoorsFIRST Media Published April 30, 2018
Pro David Williams of Maiden, North Carolina, brought a 13-pound, 13-ounce, limit of bass to the weigh-in stage Sunday to win the FLW Tour at Lewis Smith Lake presented by T-H Marine with a four-day cumulative total of 20 bass weighing 64 pounds, 9 ounces. For his dominant showing on the water this week, Williams earned $102,700 and moved up to the No. 4 position in the Pennzoil Marine Angler of the Year race.
"It's an incredibly tough field of anglers and each one dreams of winning one of these tournaments. To win one in my first year on Tour is pretty special," said Williams, who earned his first career Tour-level win and is now extremely likely to qualify for the Forrest Wood Cup. "It's been a long time coming and its extra special when you really have to work for it."
During the tournament Williams targeted the morning shad spawn, skipping a jig around and under docks up the White Oak, Crooked and Rock creek arms. He was able to rack up the majority of his weight fairly quickly each morning, catching both largemouth and spotted bass.
"I had no idea I'd lead from start to finish - I didn't really have that great of a practice," said Williams. "I had one good area and didn't really realize how many fish were in there. But, I was able to milk it for four days. It was pretty incredible."
Williams said his main baits this week were a white Queen Tackle Tungsten Swim Jig and a TrueSouth Custom Lures Fathead Jig with a Bizz Baits Cutter Craw and Zoom Ultra Vibe Speed Craw as trailers. He also worked a TrueSouth Shimmy Jig with a Zoom Z Craw and a TrueSouth V-Twin buzzbait near flooded cover, in between docks, to lure a few key bites as well.
"Lewis Smith Lake fishes a lot like our lakes back home in North Carolina and that's the reason I think that I did well," said Williams.
The final 10 Pros on Lewis Smith Lake finished:
1st: David Williams, Maiden, N.C., 20 bass, 64-9, $102,700 2nd: John Cox, DeBary, Fla., 20 bass, 59-12, $30,000 3rd: Cody Meyer, Auburn, Calif., 20 bass, 59-2, $25,000 4th: Pennzoil Marine pro Matt Arey, Shelby, N.C., 20 bass, 57-6, $20,100 5th: Jordan Osborne, Longview, Texas, 20 bass, 54-10, $19,000 6th: Jason Reyes, Huffman, Texas, 20 bass, 54-8, $18,000 7th: Clent Davis, Montevallo, Ala., 20 bass, 52-2, $17,000 8th: Matt Becker, Finleyville, Pa., 20 bass, 51-12, $16,000 9th: Todd Auten, Lake Wylie, S.C., 20 bass, 50-9, $15,000 10th: Jimmy Reese, Witter Springs, Calif., 20 bass, 50-5, $14,000