Call it the home-lake advantage.
Rayovac Jason Christie of Park Hill, Okla., kept his three-day lead in the Walmart FLW Tour at Grand Lake on Sunday, by bringing a five-bass limit to the scales weighing 19 lbs., 13 oz., bringing his four-day total of 20 bass to 78 lbs., 1 oz.
Christie's win captured $126,000 top prize along with the $1,000 Power-Pole bonus and the $25,000 Ranger Cup. He joked with the crowd that his wife and daughters have already spent his winnings, planning to install a pool and more this week.
Christie kept his lead from the rising challenger Bryan Thrift of Shelby, N.C., who jumped from sixth place into first for most of the weigh-in with a five-bass limit catch of 19 lbs., 11 oz., bringing his four-day total of 20 bass to 72 lbs., 12 oz.
Cookson, Okla., angler, Jimmy Houston finished the tournament in fourth with a four-day cumulative total of 71 lbs., 11 oz.
Andy Morgan of Dayton, Tenn., finished the tournament in seventh place, but holds the lead on the Angler of the Year competition.
In all, the top 10 finishers caught 10-five bass limits, weighing a total of 165-12.
The the top 10 finishers, and their winnings are:
1st: Rayovac pro Jason Christie, Park Hill, Okla., 20 bass, 78-1, $126,000. 2nd: Chevy pro Bryan Thrift, Shelby, N.C., 20 bass, 72-12, $34,266. 3rd: Robbie Dodson, Harrison, Ark., 20 bass, 72-6, $29,366. 4th: Chevy pro Jimmy Houston, Cookson, Okla., 20 bass, 71-11, $24,466. 5th: Chevy pro Jay Yelas, Corvallis, Ore., 20 bass, 70-7, $19,566. 6th: Barry Wilson, Birmingham, Ala., 20 bass, 69-2, $16,626. 7th: Andy Morgan, Dayton, Tenn., 20 bass, 68-13, $15,646. 8th: Zell Rowland, Montgomery, Texas, 20 bass, 66-14, $14,666. 9th: Stetson Blaylock, Benton, Ark., 20 bass, 65-12, $13,686. 10th: Straight Talk pro J.T. Kenney, Palm Bay, Fla., 20 bass, 61-14, $12,706.