FORT SMITH, Ark. -(Ammoland.com)- YUM Pro Jason Christie of Park Hill, Oklahoma, weighed a four-day, 20-fish limit that totaled 88.08 pounds to win the 2017 Bassmaster Elite Tournament at Lake St. Clair August 24-27.
The 43-year-old Christie is no stranger to the winner's circle. The win gives Christie his fifth first-place finish in a Bassmaster event. Christie has also fished in five Bassmaster Classics, and is currently second in the standings for the 2017 Bassmaster Angler of the Year title.
“It feels great to get the win on Lake St. Clair,” said Christie. “I am really comfortable fishing this lake. There are so many smallmouth in here it's one of my favorite fisheries.”
Most anglers get upset when they catch a non-weighable species, like a drum, in a bass tournament but not Christie.
“I must have caught 900 pounds of drum this week,” said the angler. “I would catch a drum and I could see three or four fish following it. I would get the drum off and get my YUM Tube back in the water and catch a smallmouth. The drum got the smallmouth excited.
“I've had some success up here on previous tournaments on certain areas of the lake so I went there first but there weren't a lot of fish there,” Christie said. “So I started from scratch and just started drifting. I wanted to use a drop shot but the grass was so thick I had to switch to a 4-inch Green Pumpkin colored YUM Tube on a ¾-ounce jig.”
About YUM Tubes:
YUM Tubes are tough enough for long-term use without tearing and requiring replacement after every fish, yet they're soft enough to undulate and swim naturally. YUM Tubes have tails or tentacles, which move freely to entice strikes, and feature colors and color-combinations to appeal to everything from Florida strain largemouth to Canadian smallmouth.