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Fitzgerald wins Toyota Series event at St. Johns

Fitzgerald wins Toyota Series event at St. Johns

Trevor Fitzgerald of Belleview, Fla. brought a 19-08 limit to the scale on Saturday to reclaim the top spot on the leaderboard and win the three-day Toyota Series event at the St. Johns River. Fitzgeralds three-day total of 57-12 gave him the win by a 6-pound margin and earned him a payout of $38,048 in the Southern Division 2020 opener.

Ive been wanting this one for a while, said Fitzgerald, who earned his first career Toyota Series victory after five previous top-10 finishes. I seem to do okay in one-day tournaments, but I excel in these multi-day tournaments because I dont typically go out and catch a giant bag. I usually find stuff that is more consistent.

The first day, Fitzgerald caught multiple sight-fish on a Reaction Innovations Sweet Beaver.

On day 2 I didnt have any spawners left, so I went to running the bank and found a little depression that Id known about, but I came to realize there was a lot more fish sitting in it than I realized.

What Fitzgerald was fishing was basically a long sand bar at the far south end of Lake George, which served as a staging area for fish coming to the bank to spawn. No one else seemed to find it, potentially due to how shallow it was.

Its just a depression surrounded by super-shallow water. I used to put in at that boat ramp right there when I was a kid, so I was kind of familiar with the way the bottom lays out.

Fitzgerald caught his fish on a shaky-head rig tipped with a Reaction Innovations Pocket Rocket in black and blue. Prior to that, he was mostly dragging a black and blue Reaction Innovations Machete.

I grew up about 20 minutes from the south end of Lake George and Ive been fishing here my whole life, Fitzgerald went on to say. I love fishing the St. Johns River and it is awesome to win here.

Here are the final totals for the top 10:

1. Trevor Fitzgerald: 57-12
2. Jason Blair: 51-12
3. Steven Hatala: 50-06
4. Rodney Marks: 45-00
5. Keith Carson: 43-06
6. Jacopo Gallelli: 38-08
7. Jonathan Kelley: 37-12
8. Frank Kitchens III: 37-08
9. Jason Meninger: 36-03
10. Chris Hensley: 33-11

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