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Combs Gives Yamaha Second Bassmaster® Elite Series Win

Posted 3/27/2013

ZAPATA, Texas, March 27, 2013 –  Yamaha Pro Keith Combs, a six-year B.A.S.S.®tournament competitor, used his expertise in leading wire-to-wire to win the second Bassmaster® Elite tournament  on Falcon Lake where he is also a part-time guide.  His four-day total was 111 pounds, 5 ounces.

Powered by Yamaha’s formidable V MAX SHO®, Combs’s win gave Yamaha its second consecutive victory in the 2013 Elite Series, and its third major title in a row in less than a month. Yamaha Pro Todd Faircloth won the season opener on the Sabine River last week, and Cliff Pace won the 2013 Bassmaster Classic® on Oklahoma’s Grand Lake in late February.  During the 2012 season, Yamaha Pros won five of the eight Bassmaster® Elite Series tournaments.

Combs had to wait until Monday to finalize his win as Sunday’s scheduled round was cancelled due to high winds.  He finished by catching a seven-pounder during the last 10 minutes of fishing time, anchoring his 28-pound 2-ounce final catch.  That big bass was enough to beat legendary angler Rick Clunn, who finished second with 105 pounds, 6 ounces.

“I’m thrilled!” exclaimed Combs, still excited a day after his first Bassmaster® win.  “This has been a life-long goal for me, and now I can’t wait to get to the Bassmaster Classic® next February.”  An Elite win secures an automatic qualification for the championship, which be held next year on Alabama’s Lake Guntersville.

Combs fished deep diving crankbaits over rocky ledges near the Falcon dam, concentrating in water less than 10 feet deep.   His heaviest daily weight of the tournament came on the first day when he brought in 34 pounds 13 ounces.  With Falcon more than 30 feet low, many of the lake’s more well-known fishing spots were on dry land. 

Yamaha Pro Cliff Crochet finished 9th with 82 pounds 6 ounces, after bringing in 35 pounds 3 ounces on the second day.  His catch included one bass weighing 10 pounds one ounce and two more weighing in at over eight pounds.  Like Combs, he caught them in water less than 10 feet deep.

In its eighth year, the Bassmaster® Elite Series is the premier professional fishing circuit in the industry. Anglers fishing the Elite Series are competing for more than $6 million throughout the season, while vying for a berth in the following year’s Bassmaster Classic®and points in the Bassmaster® Angler of the Year race, as well as other prizes.

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