Branson, Mo. – In the highlight of his pro fishing career, James Watson of Waynesville, Missouri won the Bass Pro Shops PAA Tournament Series tournament on Table Rock Lake in Branson, Missouri today. Watson, who qualified for his first FLW Forrest Wood Cup championship this year, has been on the FLW Tour four years. He’s also been fishing the PAA Series for four years. Only last year, Watson freed up time from his successful real estate business in order to devote more time to his pro fishing career – and he’s fast becoming a formidable force in pro fishing.
On Table Rock today, Watson struggled through the morning until he flipped his first respectable keeper on a War Eagle Heavy Finesse jig on the shoreward side of a boat dock in only a few feet of water to break the ice around 11 o’clock. Watson wasn’t too fazed by the late bite since 1 o’clock has been when his shallow bite got hot the last couple days anyhow.
“I just put my head down and went after it…but never really had a good bite today,” admitted Watson. Of the 12.45 pound/five bass limit Watson weighed today, he caught three on a jig, one on a Horny Toad and one on a Super Spook. Watson’s three day winning weight was 44.01.