Denny ran some other deep patterns but did not manage a bite with them, so he went back to that stretch where he had caught the first four and ended up catching 2 or three more and culling a couple of fish. That was good enough for third place on the shortened first day of the tournament and it convinced him to commit to that pattern for the next two days.
"On the second day I didn't get any more fish off of that spot that was productive on Day One, but I just kept hitting the boat docks and pitching that Strike King Premier Pro-Model jig," said Brauer. "I wasn't getting a lot of bites, but I was able to make the best of the ones I got." Day Two was sunny and the wind was calm and Brauer carried a 22lb. 10 oz. sack to the scales and took the lead.
The final day got off to a rough start for Brauer. He lost his first fish and really had to work for everything he got. The bass were not attacking the jig but were biting very light, which resulted in Brauer setting the hook on anything that felt at all like a bite. He finished the last day with a limit that weighed 17 lbs. which was good enough to give him the win with a cushion of better than 2 lbs..
Virtually all the fish Brauer caught for the tournament came on a black/blue 1/2 oz. Strike King Premier Pro-Model Jig with a Rage Craw trailer in 3 to 10 feet of water. He was fishing the jig on a new 7' 6" Ardent Denny Brauer Signature Flipping rod an Ardent F700 Denny Brauer Flip-N-Pitch reel spooled with 25 lb. Seaguar Tatsu fluorocarbon line.
The Everstart victory earned Brauer $27, 137 and a Ranger Z518 Bass Boat with a 200 HP outboard.