Fifth-year Bassmaster Elite pro Jared Lintner has made the finals for the fifth time in 43 events with the premiere anglers in the sport of bass fishing. He enters Sunday’s finals in seventh place at Clear Lake.
In his four previous trips to the Elite finals, he has improved his finish three times. He moved up from 12th to seventh as a 2006 rookie at Clarks Hill, Georgia. Then as a tour sophomore in 2007, he advanced from ninth to seventh at The Delta. A year ago at Lake Amistad, Texas, he registered his best Elite finish — third — after beginning day four in 11th place.
Lintner weighed his second over 20-pound limit on Saturday for a three-day total of 62 pounds, 8 ounces. His 21-6 limit left him 13 pounds behind Byron Velvick. The onetime Californian has led the tournament all three days. His 75-8 total gives him a 5-pound, 15-ounce advantage over Bill Lowen of Ohio.
Two of the three Californians in the Elite field are in the finals. Celebrated Skeet Reese from Auburn, the cover boy on last Sunday’s Parade magazine, is in 11th place.