After going the primary three hours of Championship Sunday with no single keeper fish, professional Nick LeBrun of Bossier Metropolis, Louisiana , lastly reeled in his first fish of the day – a 7-pound Guntersville largemouth – to shake issues up on the B&W Trailer Hitches Cease 4 on Lake Guntersville Introduced by A.R.E. in Guntersville, Alabama. LeBrun then went on a 45-minute flurry to place collectively a stable restrict, ending the day with 22 kilos, 15 ounces to take residence his first MLF Sort out Warehouse Professional Circuit win and earn the highest payout of $100,000.
LeBrun sat in 44th place after Day One of many event, solely weighing in 16 kilos, 15 ounces, earlier than leaping to seventh place on Day Two with a monster restrict weighing 22-2. His momentum carried and continued to construct all through the occasion, in the end ending on Championship Sunday together with his greatest fish – and largest restrict – of the event. LeBrun’s closing day whole of 22-15 gave him a 2-pound, 6-ounce margin over Greeneville, Tennessee rookie Nick Hatfield, who introduced a restrict to the scales weighing 20 kilos, 9 ounces, good for second place.
“It’s simply been an outstanding day. I really feel so blessed,” LeBrun mentioned. “I began in my most important spot very first thing this morning and the eel grass was simply uncontrolled. I wasn’t even fishing – I used to be mainly simply raking grass with each solid and that began to spin me out a little bit. I knew the place some extra shallow stuff was, and a few bream feeders and fry, so I made a decision to go hit that for some time. However even there, I simply wasn’t seeing fish like I had been and was solely catching small 10-inch fish.”
LeBrun mentioned he spent an hour and a half making an attempt to drive the shallow chew to work and it simply wasn’t occurring.
“At 10 a.m. I had zero fish and was feeling actually discouraged,” LeBrun mentioned. “I pulled again to my most important spot to seek out the eel grass had cleared out and we completely wrecked them for about 45 minutes. By 10:45 I had a stable sack of fish – I can’t ask for something higher than that.”
As a result of he had stacked up a high quality restrict early on, aided by the 7-pound kicker, LeBrun ended up going a lot of the day with out culling.
“Most of my fish this week got here from a most important river ledge, in water about 30-foot deep,” LeBrun continued. “I had a number of key baits, together with a 4½-inch Producer Swimbait, blue-crack-colored, with a do-it-yourself ¾-ounce head that I used to be throwing on a Fitzgerald 7’6” All Purpose Casting Rod Heavy with a 7:1 Fitzgerald Stunner Casting Reel, paired with 18-pound Sunline Super FC Sniper Fluorocarbon . That’s what the 7-pounder, and most of my huge ones, had been caught on.
“That setup bought them fired up, however once they went chilly I had one other waypoint the place I’d slide up shallow across the again and throw a 10½-inch V&M J-Mag Worm on a ¾-ounce, V&M Mega Shakey Head in a few completely different colours,” LeBrun completed.
The momentous “turn-around” proved to be a theme for the Louisiana professional – through the event on Lake Guntersville – and in life normally.
On the stage on the weigh-in, LeBrun mentioned “Seven-pounders are superior and getting a prime 10 is superior, however that doesn’t evaluate to my relationship with Jesus Christ” which was met with applause from the viewers.
“The final time I held up a verify for Main League Fishing, I wasn’t the identical man I’m immediately,” LeBrun continued. “The final time I stood on this stage and held up a trophy was on the 2018 All-American on Cross Lake, and that was a darkish time in my life. There have been a whole lot of issues mistaken, however shortly after that Jesus Christ redeemed me, and now I stand right here giving Him all of the glory – not myself, however Him.
“There’s nothing in life that’s too far gone with Him, so to face right here with my pretty spouse Jolene by my aspect, and to be right here with all of you, it actually means quite a bit.”
The highest 10 execs on the B&W Trailer Hitches Cease 4 on Lake Guntersville completed:
- Nick Lebrun of Bossier Metropolis, La., 5 bass, 22-15, $100,000
- Nick Hatfield of Greeneville, Tenn., 5 bass, 20-9, $30,000
- Michael Neal of Dayton, Tenn., 5 bass, 18-6, $25,000
- Bobby Lane of Lakeland, Fla., 5 bass, 17-3, $20,000
- Josh Butler of Hayden, Ala., 5 bass, 15-15, $19,000
- Jacob Wall of New Hope, Ala., 5 bass, 14-10, $18,000
- Spencer Shuffield of Scorching Springs, Ark., 5 bass, 13-2, $17,000
- Ron Nelson of Berrien Springs, Mich., 5 bass, 11-8, $16,000
- Brandon Mosley of Choctaw, Okla., 5 bass, 11-6, $15,000
- Lane Olson of Forest Grove, Ore., 5 bass, 0-0, $14,000