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Reeves wins Eddie Preuitt Ford Open

Published 11:01am Thursday, September 12, 2013

Nick Reeves of Moulton caught four fish that weighed in at 15.19 pounds to win a first place prize of $570 to win the Eddie Preuitt Ford Open on Wilson Lake.

Reeves, who won a 2012 event on Wilson with nearly 28 pounds, weighed in a 5.92 pound largemouth that took the Allied Crawl Space Big Fish prize of $100 and also had a smallmouth over five pounds.

Reeves is always a threat to win any tournament on Wilson Lake if TVA is generating power at Wheeler Dam, but he strayed downriver on this day to catch the winning fish.

Revisiting one spot that he had caught a few little fish on Friday, he managed to catch a fish on each occasion he fished it on Sunday. The last time was just 10 minutes before weigh in, when the lunker largemouth inhaled his Bill Norman DD22 and gave him another Top Rod victory.

Finishing in second place was Tyler Hines of Florence with 13.70 pounds of bass. Hines was fishing just his second Top Rod event, and would have taken home the victory if Reeves hadn’t visited his magic spot just before time to check in. Hines takes home $285 for his second place finish. He also caught his fish on a deep running crankbait, a Strike King 6XD, as well as a 1/2ounce black and brown jig with a Reaction Innovations Sweet Beaver as a trailer.

Taking home the final check for third place was Austin Weaver of Florence with 13.60 pounds. Weaver took home $95 for his catch, which also came on a deep running crankbait. Weaver used a Spro Little John crankbait and a green pumpkin Berkley 10 inch power worm to catch his limit of largemouths.

Rounding out the top 10 were Jordan Wiggins in fourth (13.39), John Oliver in fifth (11.71), Josh Butler in sixth (10.09), Norman Ligon in seventh (9.91), Charlie Hodle in eighth (8.08), Blaine Shelton in ninth (6.80) and Taylor Luna in 10th (6.60).

With one stop remaining on the trail, there is also a new leader in the Shelton’s Outdoors Angler of the Year standings, as Josh Butler took over the lead from Johnathan Henry, who had held the lead since his season opening win at Guntersville


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