Although Arroyo Grande’s Jared Lintner slipped three places on Sunday finishing 10th at Clear Lake, it was a positive finish to a traumatic week.
Four days before competition began at Lakeport, Lintner, 36, lost his boat, truck and trailer in a freeway accident en route from The Delta to Clear Lake.
He has 22 days to sort out options before practice for competition No. 3 begins at Smith Mountain Lake at Moneta, Va.
Lintner had his lightest limit of the tournament in Sunday’s finals, 16 pounds, 1 ounce.His four-day total weight for his 20 fish was 78-9.
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It was the 28th time in 43 Bassmaster Elite events that he has finished in the money. He banked $11,500 for his efforts.
Onetime Californian Byron Velvick was the wire-to-wire winner. He began the competition with the heaviest limit of the second stop on the tour (29-0) and was never threatened. He finished with a total weight of 98-6. It was 5 pounds, 13 ounces ahead of Ohio’s Bill Lowen.
Auburn angler Skeet Reese had Sunday’s heaviest limit, 25-1. It propelled him from 11th place to fifth with a tournament weight of 85-3.