Championship Day Video: Lee Livesay Catches 9-Pounder on Topwater Lure

It’s every competitive bass anglers dream to have a mega bag on the final day of an event to cruise to victory, and recently that dream became a reality for Texan Lee Livesay.

Championship Day Video: Lee Livesay Catches 9-Pounder on Topwater Lure

Video screen-shot of the moment Bassmaster Elite angler Lee Livesay sets the hook on a 9-pound bass. This was the first of five big bass Livesay weighed on championship day.

During the recent Bassmaster Elite event on famed Lake Fork in Texas, local angler Lee Livesay (pronounced liv-a-see), who guides on the large body of water when he isn’t traveling to distant B.A.S.S. tournaments, had a championship day for the ages. His final day limit of five bass weighed 42 pounds, 3 ounces, which ranks as the third-heaviest, single-day weight in Bassmaster history. Over the course of four days, Livesay registered an incredible 112 pounds, 5 ounces (20 bass). The first place check was $100,000. He topped second-place angler Patrick Walters by 10 pounds.

Lee Livesay celebrates his Bassmaster Elite victory on Lake Fork, Texas, where he guides full-time for largemouth when he’s not traveling the country fishing B.A.S.S. tournaments.
Lee Livesay celebrates his Bassmaster Elite victory on Lake Fork, Texas, where he guides full-time for largemouth when he’s not traveling the country fishing B.A.S.S. tournaments.

Livesay focused his attention on secondary points in Little Caney Creek where largemouth were chasing large gizzard shad. His best spot was a small island that featured a shallow underwater bar. In the video below, you’ll see his first big bass on championship day from that spot; the fish weighed 9 pounds, 2 ounces. Listen closely to the video and you’ll hear him question whether he’s actually hooked two bass at the same time.

During his epic final day, Livesay caught his bass on a bone-colored Heddon Saltwater Super Spook (below). Part of the legendary Zara Spook family of topwater lures, the 5-inch Saltwater Super Spook features three super-sharp saltwater grade hooks and hardware. With this lure’s proven walk-the-dog action, Livesay enticed surface strikes from bass in water as shallow as 1 foot. (If you want to read an interesting news article about the origins of the Zara Spook, click here.)

Heddon Saltwater Super Spook
Heddon Saltwater Super Spook
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