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Ranger Pro Mark Rose Wins FLW Tour Season Opener on Lake Guntersville
Arkansas angler adds $25,000 in Ranger Cup moneyFLIPPIN, ARK (February 10, 2017) Ranger Pro Mark Rose won the 2017 FLW Tour season opener on Lake Guntersville, Feb. 5. The angler's four-day total of 79 pounds, 11 ounces fought off a final-day charge from Bryan Thrift to win the $100,000 first-place prize along with another $25,000 bonus in Ranger Cup money.
"It's always nice to get off to a good start," said Rose. "Fishing is such a mental game. Getting on the upswing really helps things. You never know how the first one will go and everything worked flawlessly."
The Guntersville win marks Rose's seventh victory on a Tennessee River reservoir.
"I understand things really well on that river," said Rose. "I grew up on the Mississippi River. The habitat on the Tennessee and the Mississippi are very similar and this helps to understand current, baitfish and bass movement."
Rose spent the majority of his time fishing Browns Creek. He targeted prespawn fish along inside grass lines. A cold front moved in before the start of day three, along with strong winds that stained Rose's productive shallow grass area.
"The water temperature was cold," said Rose. "The fish would really turn on when the sun would come out. When there was no sun, you had to make adjustments - slow down, move or whatever you needed to do. It was a constant on-the-water decision thing with the cold weather we were having."
Rose eventually changed tactics and targeted rock and wood along the bank. The adjustment paid off with Rose bringing in 19 pounds even on day three. The angler's final day started with four quick bites, but didn't get another bite for the next several hours. While many anglers would falter at this unfortunate downturn, Rose relied on his faith to see him through.
"I put everything in the Lord's hands and I lean on that a whole lot," said Rose. "It gives me comfort and peace. Knowing that if I fish as hard as I can and honor God in the process, I can leave the results up to him. I know that by doing that formula, I am content with whatever I get. Whether it is first, last or anything in between."
Rose persevered and was able to cull up with a 3 ½-pounder and with only a few minutes left before the weigh-in, Rose landed a five-plus-pound fish to bring in a final-day weight of 18 pounds, three ounces.
Rose has had a long-standing relationship with Ranger Boats. Since his college years and throughout his 18-year professional career, Rose has always driven a Ranger boat. As a result, he's racked up thousands of dollars in Ranger Cup money over the course of his acclaimed career. This long tenure with Ranger also gives the angler the confidence to concentrate on the fishing aspects of competition knowing he can rely on his Ranger boat.
"We had freezing cold temperatures and you have to be comfortable out there," said Rose. "I am really comfortable in a Ranger boat. It brings out the most of your abilities because you don't have to worry about your boat."
With the tournament season in full swing, Rose now has his sights set on the upcoming FLW Tour event on Lake Travis in Texas on Feb. 16-19.
About Ranger Boats
Headquartered in Flippin, Ark., Ranger Boats is the nation's premier manufacturer of legendary fiberglass and aluminum fishing boats, with acclaimed models and series in the bass, multi-species, fish 'n play, saltwater, waterfowl utility and pontoon boat segments. 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, RangerAluminum.com or RangerPontoons.com.