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Yamaha Pro Todd Faircloth Wins Bassmaster® Elite on Lake St. Clair

Posted 8/31/2015


DETROIT, Mich., August 31, 2015 – Veteran Yamaha Pro Todd Faircloth brought 22 pounds, two ounces of smallmouth to the scales on Sunday, August 30, to win the final Bassmaster®Elite tournament of the 2015 season on Michigan’s Lake St. Clair. The Texas-based angler finished with a four-day total of 84 pounds, seven ounces, outdistancing fellow Yamaha Pro Brandon Palaniuk, who took second with 78 pounds, six ounces. 

The win marked Faircloth’s fifth trip to victory lane in the Elite Series during his stellar career, and although it came on one of the nation’s premier smallmouth lakes, he used pure Texas largemouth tactics to catch the fish. Faircloth lives only a couple of long casts from Sam Rayburn Reservoir, a lake known for its thick vegetation, and that’s what Faircloth targeted on St. Clair. Staying in a large area of the lake known as Bell’s Hump, he concentrated around different greenery in water 15-to-18 feet deep, and caught all his bass drop-shotting a soft plastic imitation perch lure.

Bringing in daily catches of 20-1, 20-9, and 21-11, the Yamaha Pro climbed steadily up the scoreboard, opening in 8th, and then moved into 6th and 2nd. The win qualified him to fish in the final Bassmaster® event of the year, the Angler of the Year Championship to be held September 17-20 in Sturgeon Bay, Wis. Another strong finish there will qualify Faircloth for his 14th Bassmaster® Classic next March.

Palaniuk, who took over the tournament lead on the second day and kept it on the third, had to settle for the runner-up spot when he only caught 14 pounds, one ounce on Sunday. Yamaha Pro Chad Pipkens finished 4th with 77 pounds, two ounces. Both he and Palaniuk have also qualified to compete at Sturgeon Bay in September. 


Yamaha Marine is a proud sponsor of B.A.S.S® Elite, Open and Collegiate Series tournaments, including the Bassmaster Classic®, as well as the AIM Pro Walleye™ Series; the Yamaha Contender® Miami Sportfishing TournamentCoastal Conservation Association’s (CCA®) Florida State-Wide Tournament and Angler’s Rodeo (STAR); the Inshore Fishing Association (IFA) Redfish TourOn the Water Striper Cup; the Alabama Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo and the Elite Redfish Series, among others.

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