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Ranger Pro Jason Lambert Wins FLW Tour Event on Kentucky Lake
Tennessee angler adds $25,000 with Ranger Cup bonusFLIPPIN, ARK. (June 16, 2016) Ranger Boats Pro Jason Lambert set a new weight record for Kentucky Lake in an FLW event on June 12 with a combined total of 97 pounds, 2 ounces. The angler won the $100,000 first-place prize and added $25,000 in Ranger Cup bonus money.
Lambert has a history of near wins on Kentucky Lake with two runner-ups and a third-place finish. In a few of those past events, Lambert caught his heaviest limit on the final day to only be outdone at the final weigh in.
"I have several seconds and a third here," said Lambert. "That thought is always in the back of your mind, especially when you have good days before."
Accustomed to fishing his home waters of Pickwick Lake, Lambert relied on a deeper bite from outlying fish using a wide variety of baits and presentations.
"I do look out a little deeper than most folks," said Lambert. "Most of the fish I weighed in were caught deeper than 20 feet. The big seven-pounder I caught on Sunday came in from 14 feet on a more shallow bar."
Lambert targeted outlying fish that had broken off from the larger schools.
"I was finding small groups of fish that slid away from the larger community spot by 100 or 200 yards or so," said Lambert. "There's a lot of guys fishing as deep as I was, but they were keying in on the big mega schools."
With the field cut down to the top 10 for the final day, Lambert felt certain areas were reloading and could find quality fish in the larger schools.
"We pretty much had free run of the lake," said Lambert. "I could cycle through 20 to 30 spots on Sunday to where I finally got that last school to turn on."
Lambert's weights steadily increased from day to day with limits weighing in at 18-9, 24-4 and 25-5 for the first three days. Lambert shut the door on another possible upset by bringing in a whopping 29-pound bag on the final day to win his first FLW Tour win. The angler bested the closest competitor by more than seven pounds.
"Kentucky Lake is a fun place to fish and it suits my style really well," said Lambert. "It finally clicked Sunday and it feels pretty good actually."
Like many anglers fishing the FLW, Lambert has a day job and values each dollar won. By participating in the Ranger Cup, Lambert added an extra $25,000 in cash to his winnings. The three-year Ranger pro has some sage advice for anglers looking to make the most of their tournament winnings.
"If you're fishing an FLW event and not running a Ranger and stay Ranger Cup qualified, you need to have your head examined," said Lambert. "Just this year alone, Ranger has paid me $60,000 in bonuses. That's a lot of money for a fishing man."
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