‘It’s been a long time coming’

Pro angler David Williams wins FLW tourney on Smith Lake

From Staff, Wire Reports
Posted 5/1/18

LEWIS SMITH LAKE – Pro David Williams of Maiden, North Carolina , brought a 13-pound, 13-ounce, limit of bass to the weigh-in stage Sunday to win the FLW Tour at Lewis Smith Lake presented by T-H Marine with a four-day cumulative total of 20 bass weighing 64 pounds, 9 ounces.

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‘It’s been a long time coming’

Pro angler David Williams wins FLW tourney on Smith Lake

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LEWIS SMITH LAKE – Pro David Williams of Maiden, North Carolina , brought a 13-pound, 13-ounce, limit of bass to the weigh-in stage Sunday to win the FLW Tour at Lewis Smith Lake presented by T-H Marine with a four-day cumulative total of 20 bass weighing 64 pounds, 9 ounces.

For his dominant showing on the water this week, Williams earned $102,700 and moved up to No. 4 in the Pennzoil Marine Angler of the Year race.

“It’s an incredibly tough field of anglers and each one dreams of winning one of these tournaments. To win one in my first year on Tour is pretty special,” said Williams, who earned his first career Tour-level win and is now likely to qualify for the Forrest Wood Cup. “It’s been a long time coming and its extra special when you really have to work for it.”

During the tournament, Williams said he was able to rack up the majority of his weight fairly quickly each morning, catching both largemouth and spotted bass.

“I had no idea I’d lead from start to finish – I didn’t really have that great of a practice,” he said. “I had one good area and didn’t really realize how many fish were in there. But, I was able to milk it for four days. It was pretty incredible.”

One advantage Williams said he had was in the similarity of Smith Lake and lakes back home in North Carolina.

“Lewis Smith Lake fishes a lot like our lakes back home, and that’s the reason I think that I did well,” he said.

Linda Lewis, president of the Chamber of Commerce of Walker County, said the tournament went about as well as it could, despite rain the first day of competition.

“Look how well our lake has come over the years,” Lewis said. “And these guys fishing here and the staff at the FLW Tour are a great group to work with. We’ve been so pleased with the outcome of this tournament.”

The final 10 pros, and their winnings, were:

1st - David Williams, Maiden, N.C., 20 bass, 64-9, $102,700

2nd - John Cox, DeBary, Fla., 20 bass, 59-12, $30,000

3rd - Cody Meyer, Auburn, Calif., 20 bass, 59-2, $25,000

4th - Matt Arey, Shelby, N.C., 20 bass, 57-6, $20,100

5th - Jordan Osborne, Longview, Texas, 20 bass, 54-10, $19,000

6th - Jason Reyes, Huffman, Texas, 20 bass, 54-8, $18,000

7th - Clent Davis, Montevallo, Ala., 20 bass, 52-2, $17,000

8th - Matt Becker, Finleyville, Pa., 20 bass, 51-12, $16,000

9th - Todd Auten, Lake Wylie, S.C., 20 bass, 50-9, $15,000

10th - Jimmy Reese, Witter Springs, Calif., 20 bass, 50-5, $14,000.