Gross named Costa Se­ries An­gler of the Year

Walker County Messenger - - Sports -

Chicka­mauga’s Buddy Gross con­tin­ues to make a name for him­self as pro­fes­sional an­gler.

Gross, a sec­ondyear tour pro in the FLW Se­ries (Fish­ing League World­wide), was re­cently named the Costa FLW South­east­ern Di­vi­sion Strike King An­gler of the Year.

The Lake­viewFort Oglethorpe alum fin­ished the Costa se­ries with 708 points to beat out Randy Haynes of Counce, Tenn.(704) and Fur­man (Joe) Thompson of Clayton, Ga. (699) for the top spot.

He be­gan the year by bag­ging 15 fish worth 45 pounds, 2 ounces to place eighth on Lake Okee­chobee in late Jan­uary, but early March saw him ar­rive at Lake Semi­nole on the Ge­or­gia-Florida

bor­der and catch 15 fish to­tal­ing 65 pounds, 11 ounces. That to­tal was enough to win the tour­na­ment and earn a check worth $52,000.

It was his first FLW tour­na­ment vic­tory since his $100,000 break­through win at Lake Pick­wick back in 2016.

He bat­tled tough weather con­di­tions and man­aged just 32 pounds, 10 ounces on the fa­mil­iar wa­ters of Lake Chicka­mauga in early May, bring­ing him home in 36th place. How­ever, it was enough to se­cure the An­gler of the Year award.

To date, Gross has won $64,600 so far this sea­son, in­clud­ing a $2,000 pack­age that in­cludes paid tour­na­ment de­posits for the 2018 sea­son.

The 2018 FLW Tour will have stops at Lake Okee­chobee (Fla.), Har­ris Chain (Fla.), Lake Lanier (Ga.), Lake Cum­ber­land (Ky.), Smith Lake (Ala.), Ken­tucky Lake (Ky.) and Lake St. Clair Metropark (Mich.).

Buddy Gross

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