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Small Adjustment Helps Walker Survive Final Cut In Palatka
Posted by: newsla on Mar 23, 2014 - 06:04 AM
Small Adjustment Helps Walker Survive Final Cut In Palatka

One ounce was all it took for David Walker to secure a spot among the final 12 anglers who will return Sunday to St. Johns River for the last day of fishing at the Bassmaster Elite Series event in Palatka.


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A large stringer of 19 pounds, 11 ounces Saturday allowed the Cabela's/GEICO For Your Boat angler to jump into 12th place overall before the final cut. Walker captured the final spot for Sunday by an ounce, beating out Randall Tharp with a total weight of 54 pounds, 3 ounces.

"I changed the way I was fishing just a little bit Saturday," Walker said. "I was moving baits more than what I had been earlier on in the tournament. Instead of trying to see the fish first, because I really couldn't, I started moving around and covering more water.

"That approach started working for me really well. The other guys that were in that area were sticking with what had been working, and I don't blame them for that. As it turned out, though, as the day went on, they were all complaining about not catching anything. I feel like I made just a small adjustment that really paid off for me."

Even after making the top 12, Walker is still reeling over the thought of losing a big fish early on in the day, a fish unlike anything he had ever seen that would have locked him more solidly within the lead pack. Still, the Elite angler enjoyed a good day overall.

"Other than the one that got away, Saturday went great," Walker said. "We ran down the lake right where I wanted to go and started catching fish right away. That's all you could ever ask for, to get in there and get those fish caught early on.

"Even though you may not have the biggest fish in the box yet, you can't panic. When you've got fish in there, it clues you in that you're in the right area and you're doing the right thing; you just need to try to keep the rhythm. There is no need to panic and no need to move; there's nothing wrong. This morning I caught some fish early on, and that's really what settled me down."

Walker and the remaining 11 Elite anglers will launch from Palatka's Riverfront Park at 7:30 a.m. on Sunday and weigh in at 4 p.m.

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