COLUMBIA, S.C. – On Sunday, Abu Garcia pro Stetson Blaylock claimed his first FLW Tour pro title. In the process, the Benton, Ark., native became the youngest angler to win an FLW Tour event. Blaylock, 21, earned a $200,000 check for his winning-effort on Lake Norman with a total weight of 23-pounds, 15-ounces.
“I tried to stick with my strengths and fish a jig” said Blaylock. But as the jig bite tapered off, I had to switch things around and go with a shaky head. But overall, the one constant was my rod n’ reel. I counted on my Abu Garcia Premier to keep me in the fight and it lasted to the finish.”
Blaylock utilized a new 7’0” MH Abu Garcia Vendetta, a prototype rod to be introduced at ICAST 2009, paired with an Abu Garcia Premier to secure his first pro-level event. Blaylock said the Abu Garcia Revo Premier performed perfectly because of its light weight and durability. It is a reel that I never second-guess picking up and using for a majority of my techniques.
Blaylock targeted a few bed fish along with some boat docks with shade around them during the three-day event. Blaylock looks to continue the success in his home state of Arkansas on Beaver Lake May 14 – 17.