Fishing was tough on Patoka Lake, in Jasper, Ind., for these 72 TBF anglers; rough might be an understatement. Through highs and lows, Boyd stayed consistent to seal the deal and win the championship.   Michigan fought hard to defend their title and came out on top, making them 3-time Northern Division State Team Champions.  They’ve all battled it out to be called champions and advance to the 2011 Federation National Championship. Today, 12 anglers advance, the top two from each state, to compete for over a quarter of a million in cash and prizes, and a chance to “Live the Dream” on the FLW Pro circuit for a year with use of a wrapped Chevrolet truck and Ranger Boat and all entries paid.

Boyd fished shallow water flippin’ tubes and casting chigger craws, buzzbaits, spinnerbaits and a couple of crankbaits.  “I fished hard and I fished super, super shallow, between 6inch to a foot deep.”  Watts covered a lot of water in two small areas.  “The two areas were pretty close to each other and I just kept moving through the same water flippin’ the stump real shallow.”  Watts also had a tough day on the water though he came out on top.  “I only caught two fish today, just doing a lot of what I’ve done the whole tournament.  But, the first two days when the sun got high they went super shallow. Today, we were dealing with some cloud cover and they spread out and weren’t as tied to the shallow covering; I did more scouting the flats.”  This is Boyd’s first time to qualify for nationals.  “I haven’t really thought about it too much; I’m excited my two year old was here to see this.” Read More