BRANSON, Mo. – Brent Long of Cornelius said a wrong turn led him to a lucky fishing spot that helped him win last weekend’s national Walmart FLW Tour Major tournament on Table Rock Lake in Missouri. Long caught 20 bass weighing 78 pounds, 13 ounces to grab first place and the $125,000 prize.
Long, who is sponsored by the local tourism promotion agency Visit Lake Norman, said he made a wrong turn after arriving that sent him into the “Long Creek” arm of the Ozarks reservoir. He noticed the water in that area was reddish-brown.
“When I went over that arm of the lake, I saw that it was murky, and I said to myself, ‘This is where I’m going to spend all four days in the tournament.’”
The four-day tournament was the third of 10 tournaments this year that will end with anglers’ qualifying for the 2012 Forrest Wood Cup World Championship of Bass Fishing.
Visit Lake Norman has had a sponsorship agreement with Long since 2010 that includes placements of the VLN logo on his pro jersey, boat wrap, and commits him to fishing tournaments on national professional bass circuits. Travis Dancy, Sports Sales Manager for VLN said “We are proud to sponsor Brent. He is an exceptional angler who displays genuine integrity and is a passionate advocate of his home lake. The partnership has been both successful and impactful.”
The win gives Long his second FLW Tour championship trophy, winning his first in June 2010 at Lake Guntersville in Alabama.
“When you win one, they can say you just got lucky, you are a one-hit wonder. When you win two, I think that solidifies you as a good angler,” Long said in a press release.
Long, a building contractor and lifelong Lake Norman resident, was born in Lincolnton and then moved to Cornelius in 2007. He learned fishing with his father at a young age, entered his first tournament at 17 and began fishing on the pro circuit in 1997.
Coverage of the Table Rock Lake Tournament will be broadcast in HD on the NBC Sports Network May 6, 2012 from 1:00 – 2:00 pm ET. The FLW show is broadcast to more than 559 million households worldwide. Find the schedule online at www.flwoutdoors.com/tournament/fulltvschedule.cfm
Read more about Brent Long’s victory on the FLW website.