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Ranger Pro Cory Johnston Wins Costa FLW Northern Division Finale on Oneida Lake
Canadian angler adds division's Angler of the Year AwardFLIPPIN, ARK (August 25, 2016) Ranger Boats Pro Cory Johnston won the final Costa FLW Series Northern Division event on Oneida Lake with a three-day total of 50 pounds, 4 ounces. The angler won $77,778, including a Ranger Z518C with a 200 horsepower outboard.
The competitors enjoyed calm winds and clear waters on the first two days of competition. Johnston sight-fished to rock piles with a wide variety of baits, including tubes, top-waters, Senkos and drop shots. Johnston's extensive pre-fishing proved advantageous to finding quality fish during competition.
"I spent eight days practicing, and that really helped," said Johnston. "The first few days of practice it was calm. I found a lot of isolated rock piles and that was key to where I was catching all my bass."
Johnston entered the final day with more than a two-pound lead but didn't let the pressure of leading change up his game plan.
"I just do my thing," said Johnston. "It doesn't really matter if I am in first or last. I still go out with the same mindset."
The remaining top-10 competitors fishing the final day were met with high winds and three-foot waves.
"The wind dirtied up the water so I had to rely on my electronics because I couldn't physically see the rocks anymore," said Johnston. "I was blind-casting to these rock piles."
Without being able to sight-fish, Johnston made small changes to his presentations and relied on precision casting to land quality fish.
"I obviously couldn't use a top-water," said Johnston. "I used a lot of bottom presentations to drag across the rocks."
At the end of the final day, Johnston was one of only three anglers to bring in a five-fish limit. His 14 pounds, 1 ounce bested the nearest competitor's overall weight by four pounds.
The win at Oneida earned Johnston the Northern Division Angler of the Year Award, giving the angler $2,000 and paid deposits for the 2017 season. This is Johnston's third divisional AOY title in the past five years, positioning him as one of the elite anglers on the Costa FLW Tour.
"It's a great feeling because it shows consistency throughout the year," said Johnston. "That's one of the things I feel I am good at - being consistent."
The AOY award highlights Johnston's fishing prowess to reliably finish high on the leaderboard, but the angler gives credit to his Ranger Z521C for always performing each day.
"I put in a lot of hours on the water and to have a boat that's extremely reliable so you know you will get you where you need to be is a great feeling," said Johnston. "I pound it hard on rough waters and to not have to worry about dependability definitely helps. Ranger is hands down, the best boat out there."
About Ranger Boats
Headquartered in Flippin, Ark., Ranger Boats is the nation's premier manufacturer of legendary fiberglass and aluminum fishing boats, which include series of bass, multi-species, fish 'n play, waterfowl utility and saltwater boats. Founded in 1968 by Forrest L. Wood, Ranger Boats continues its commitment to building the highest-quality, strongest-performing boats on the water. For more information, go to RangerBoats.com.