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Jon Canada Wins MLF Tournament on Pickwick Lake

COUNCE, Tenn. – Pro Jon Canada of Helena, Alabama , brought a five-bass limit to the scale Sunday weighing 20 pounds even – his biggest limit of the event – to win the MLF Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit Lithium Pros Stop 3 at Pickwick Lake Presented by Covercraft in Counce, Tennessee. Canada edged out the second-place angler Abu Garcia pro Justin Lucas of Guntersville, Alabama, by 1-pound, 2-ounces to earn the top payout of $100,000.

After ending Day One in 74th place with only 12 pounds, 13 ounces, Canada weighed in the largest limit of Day Two – five bass totaling 19-15 – to catapult into seventh place. He brought another solid limit of 17-8 to the scale on Day Three, putting him in third place and qualifying him into Championship Sunday.

“This win is just the good Lord above, I don’t know what else to say – It was just meant to be,” Canada said. “I came here and practiced for two days when the water was down, idling up and down this thing – marking every stump, shell bed, everything you can think of on a 5- to 8-mile stretch of the river and I ended up catching them in some of the areas where I did my homework.

“I spent most of the event fishing around the same areas as Lucas and (Andrew) Loberg , just fishing a little bit of grass and isolated stumps,” Canada continued. “I caught two of the biggest bass I’ve ever caught on Pickwick in this one area during pre-practice for another tournament – a 7-pounder and an 8-pounder.

“I only had two fish at lunchtime on Day Two and decided to change it up and run out to that spot. I’m not typically a drop-shot guy, but if it works, I’ll do it. I pitched the first couple stumps and had 19 or 20 pounds within 40 minutes, and I knew there was something special going on.”

With weights zeroed on the final day, the tournament was anyone’s to win, but Canada found himself trailing behind Lucas in the number two spot on the unofficial leaderboard throughout most of the day.

“I felt like the stumps I’d been fishing had a little extra pressure yesterday,” Canada said. “I could see the fish, but they wouldn’t bite and just kept running around and picking at my worm. I decided to idle to a new spot today that I’d never fished before, marked about 20 stumps and caught two big ones.”

This last-minute move upriver proved very profitable for the Alabama pro, who caught a good kicker fish in the final hour of Championship Sunday to finally push him over the top.

“Catching that fish this afternoon absolutely saved my tail,” Canada said. “I didn’t realize it was the winning fish, and knew it was going to be close, but I also knew that it definitely put me in contention for the top spot.”

Canada said most of his fish were caught on isolated stumps in 4- to 8-feet of water.

“I spent the first two days swimming a jig with a Reactions Innovations Twerk on the back of it, white-colored with chartreuse tipped ends, then I flipped a Reaction Innovations Spicy Beaver. I caught a lot on the first day doing that,” Canada continued. “When I went offshore, I threw a shaky head with a Reaction Innovations Flirt Worm , green-pumpkin colored, and caught a 4-pounder. I decided to switch to a drop-shot because it was faster and allowed me to work the stumps more quickly and thoroughly.”

Canada said he’s been fishing pretty good this year, but everything just finally came together during this event.

“The win hasn’t really sunk in yet,” Canada laughed. “It feels great to finally win one. This has been a long time coming.”

The top 10 pros at the Lithium Pros Stop 3 on Pickwick Lake finished:

1st:           Jon Canada of Helena, Ala., five bass, 20-0, $100,000
2nd:          Justin Lucas of Guntersville, Ala., five bass, 18-14, $30,000
3rd:          Mitch Crane of Columbus, Miss., five bass, 15-14, $25,000
4th:           Ron Nelson of Berrien Springs, Mich., five bass, 15-3, $20,000
5th:           Nick Hatfield of Greeneville, Tenn., four bass, 14-4, $19,000
6th:           John Hunter of Shelbyville, Ky., five bass, 13-12, $18,000
7th:           John Cox of DeBary, Fla., five bass, 11-10, $17,000
8th:           Andrew Loberg of Rocklin, Calif., four bass, 9-15, $16,000
9th:           Nick LeBrun of Bossier City, La., four bass, 7-10, $15,000
10th:        Troy Stokes of Trenton, Mich., zero bass, 0-0, $14,000

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Overall, there were 42 bass weighing 127 pounds, 2 ounces caught by nine pros Sunday. The catch included six five-bass limits.

The four-day Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit Lithium Pros Stop 3 on Pickwick Lake Presented by Covercraft was hosted by the Hardin County Convention and Visitors Bureau. The event will premiere on the CBS Sports Network this summer in July.

In Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit competition, the full field of anglers competed in the two-day opening round on Thursday and Friday. The top 50 pros based on their two-day cumulative weight advanced to Saturday, then only the top 10 pros, based on cumulative weight from the first three days continued competition on Championship Sunday, where weights were zeroed, and the winner was determined by the heaviest weight from the final day of competition.

The Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit Lithium Pros Stop 3 on Pickwick Lake Presented by Covercraft marked the third regular-season event of the year for the Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit Presented by Fuel Me. The next event for Pro Circuit anglers will be Stop 4 at Lake Guntersville Presented by A.R.E., May 12-15 in Guntersville, Alabama.

Throughout the season, anglers are also vying for valuable points in hopes of qualifying for the 2022 Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit TITLE Presented by Mercury, the Pro Circuit Championship, where they will compete for up to $235,000. The 2022 TITLE will be on the St. Lawrence River in Massena, New York on Aug. 16-21, and is hosted by the Town of Massena.

Proud sponsors of the 2022 MLF Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit Presented by Fuel Me include: 4WP, 13 Fishing, Abu Garcia, A.R.E. Truck Caps, B&W Trailer Hitches, Berkley, Black Rifle Coffee, E3, Epic Baits, Favorite Fishing, Fuel Me, Gary Yamamoto Baits, General Tire, Lew’s, Lowrance, Lucas Oil, Mercury, Mossy Oak, Onyx, Phoenix, Polaris, Power-Pole, Strike King, Tackle Warehouse, T-H Marine, Toyota, Wiley X and YETI.

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