MASSENA, N.Y. (June 29, 2021) – Pro Gerald Spohrer of Gonzales, Louisiana, caught 35 scorable bass Tuesday weighing 130 pounds, 8 ounces to win the Knockout Round and advance to the final day of competition at the Major League Fishing (MLF) Bass Pro Tour General Tire Stage Five at the St. Lawrence River Presented by Berkley in Massena, New York. The final 10 anglers are now set, and competition will resume Wednesday morning with the Championship Round. Weights are zeroed, and the angler that catches the most weight will win the top prize of $100,000.
The six-day tournament, hosted by the Town of Massena and Fish Massena, featured 80 of the top professional anglers from around the world competing for a purse of $805,000, including a top cash prize of $100,000 to the winner.
The top eight pros from Tuesday’s Knockout Round that will compete in Wednesday’s Championship Round on the St. Lawrence River are:
1st: Gerald Spohrer, Gonzales, La., 35 bass, 130-8
2nd: Brent Ehrler, Redlands, Calif., 38 bass, 121-3
3rd: Skeet Reese, Auburn, Calif., 40 bass, 117-14
4th: Alton Jones Jr., Waco, Texas, 34 bass, 113-11
5th: Jeff Sprague, Point, Texas, 35 bass, 113-2
6th: Adrian Avena, Vineland, N.J., 29 bass, 109-4
7th: Bradley Roy, Lancaster, Ky., 33 bass, 109-1
8th: Justin Lucas, Guntersville, Ala., 31 bass, 106-13
They’ll be joined by Qualifying Round Winners:
Group A: Jacob Wheeler, Harrison, Tenn.
Group B: John Cox, DeBary, Florida
“It feels great to finish the Knockout Round in first place, but tomorrow is when it really matters,” said Spohrer, who earned his third Championship Round appearance of the season. “It was a tough second period, but after the storm came through it got slick and sunny and I was able to see everything in my area and there were just 4-pounders everywhere.
“I went through and just plucked them off, one at a time,” Spohrer continued. “It was pretty much a mix between a drop-shot rig and a little Ned-style bait. I’ve gotten here this week with a marabou jig, but today I sight-fished because it was calm.
“I’m pumped up for tomorrow,” Spohrer went on to say. “This is my third top-10 finish this year in five tournaments and we’re right in the hunt for the Angler of the Year title. To win another round – it’s been a great season and I am so blessed.”