Cherokee angler wins Costa FLW Series at Grand Lake
Cherokee Nation citizen Curt Warren, of Rose, holds a FLW trophy after getting his first Costa FLW Series win at Grand Lake in Grove. The win netted him $77,175 and a new boat. COURTESY
GROVE – After starting the day in third place, professional angler and Cherokee Nation citizen Curt Warren, of Rose, caught a five-bass limit on Oct. 5 weighing 15 pounds, 9 ounces, to take the lead and win the three-day Costa FLW Series at Grand Lake presented by T-H Marine.
Warren’s three-day total of 13 bass weighing 46 pounds, 7 ounces was enough to earn him the victory by a 1-pound, 6-ounce margin over second-place pro and fellow CN citizen Jason Christie of Park Hill, and earn him the top prize of $77,175, including a new Ranger Z518L boat with a 200-horsepower Evinrude or Mercury outboard.
Christie’s second-place finish netted him $12,027. He also caught the largest bass of the tournament, weighing 7 pounds, 7 ounces and earning him a Boater Big Bass award of $192.
The tournament was the third and final regular-season tournament of the year for anglers competing in the Costa FLW Series Southwestern Division.
“I didn’t have a whole lot of boat pressure around me, because I think that I was fishing much deeper than most,” Warren, who had one previous win on Grand Lake – a Bass Fishing League (BFL) tournament in 2017, said. “I wasn’t really doing anything special. I was just fishing from mid-lake to the dam, fishing fall transition stuff – big chunk rock and fresh green brush.”
Warren said he did most of his damage during the week throwing a Bass X three-quarter-ounce football jig (kicker craw), with a Netbait Paca Chunk (green-pumpkin) or Strike King Rage Craw (watermelon candy), although he did mix in a Zoom Brush Hog. He also caught two suspended fish on a half-ounce shad-colored spinnerbait that he brought to the scale.
“I only had four fish on each of the first two days – although I lost a 2½- to 3-pounder Thursday – but today I caught five and I probably lost another five,” Warren said. “I’d been catching a few early and a few later in the day. Today, it was nothing early and then from 1:30 on I caught everything that I weighed.
“I think the key to my win was my equipment and gear,” Warren added. “I was fishing a Falcon Rods Expert Series ‘Amistad’ Extra Heavy rod and it is really an ideal rod for the football jigs that I like to use. My line was just as important. I was throwing 22-pound-test Sunline Shooter Fluorocarbon. With it, I can feel anything.”
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