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Hansleman Hammers Them AgainSubmitted by Full Limit Outdoor Media
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If Ray Hanselman doesn’t hoist the winner’s trophy tomorrow, he’s already had a season that most anglers could only dream off. If he does, he’s pretty much pulled off the unthinkable. If he wins, Ray will have won every single Rayovac that he competed in this year. Read that again then let it sink in…. And I’m talking about all 3. 3 in the Texas Division as well as the Championship. Yeah, that’s pretty unfathomable.
After entering day 2 in second place, Ray took his “all in on the big smallie” game plan back out on the Ohio River for a second day in a row. Although, the poundage didn’t match yesterday, his 5 fish haul of 11 lbs. 14 oz. was enough to overtake the day 1 leader. Ray will now enter the final day with a 2 ½ pound lead. He didn’t want to divulge too much just yet about his lure choices and technique, but I have a hunch that we’ll get to read about it for the next few days on every fishing media site.
All the chips will be pushed to the center of the table tomorrow in Paducah, KY as the 2015 Rayovac FLW Series Championship comes to a close. The only question is will Hanselman get a trick, or a treat, from the big brown fish he has dedicated this event to chasing.
Hansleman Handles the OhioSubmitted 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.