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Hansleman Handles the Ohio

Submitted by Full Limit Outdoor Media

Strike King Pro Ray Hanselman of Del Rio, TX began his campaign towards the Rayovac FLW Series Championship in legendary fashion. This event is what every competitor working towards all year during each of the 15 regular season events as each of the 5 divisions hosted 3 tournaments. During the course of the 2015 Rayovac season, Ray achieved a remarkable feat that has never before been accomplished. He won not 1, not 2, but all 3 of the events in the Southwestern division. They took place on 3 distinctly different fisheries and were won employing 3 distinctly different techniques. That full head of steam from the regular season has apparently carried over into the Championship.

After day 1 on the stingy Ohio River out of Paducah, KY, Hanselman sits in 2nd place with a giant limit of smallmouth weighing 19 lbs. even. He sits exactly 2 lbs. behind David Barnes Sr. of China, ME. Hansleman enters day 2 with a lead over third place that is better than 5 pounds.

Ray spent his summer preparing for this event by fishing the Rio Grande River and learning how fish relate and set up in current situations as he is now facing on the Ohio.

Although 2nd place after day one isn’t normally known as the catbird seat, I’d hate to know that I had hot-hand Hanselman in my rearview with no one in front of me.