BASSMASTER® ELITE SERIES ROOKIE JOEY CIFUENTES III CLAIMS FIRST BASSMASTEr ELITE SERIES TROPHY AT LAKE SEMINOLE WITH A FOUR DAY TOTAL WEIGHT OF 85-POUNDS, 2-OUNCES.
“My goal this season first and foremost was to win an Elite Series event,” said Cifuentes. “I have been so close to victory the past couple years, so to get that done at Seminole this week, and have my family drive in 12-hours to surprise me, it was unbelievable. I pulled in after check-in and saw them; I instantly started crying.”
Cifuentes caught the biggest bag of the tournament on day two of competition weighing 26-pounds, 1-ounce. To catch his fish, he focused his efforts on offshore standing timber adjacent to spawning flats while the rest of the field focused predominantly on shallow vegetation where bass were moving in to spawn. Cifuentes worked an area in Spring Creek utilizing forward-facing sonar to catch bass on a dropshot rig, targeting staging bass that consisted of both pre and post-spawn females, holding near the bottom of specific submerged timber along the main creek channel.
“It was all about the drop shot for me this week, and the new line of Abu Garcia Revo® reels with the 7-foot, 6-inch M Abu Garcia Fantasista® X was the perfect set up for getting those bigger fish out of the timber and controlling them around the boat,” said Cifuentes III.
His three combos were complete with 15-pound Berkley x5 Braid mainline with either a 12 or 15-pound Berkley Trilene® 100% Fluorocarbon leader depending on the cover. He completed the rig with a ¼-ounce weight.
“The new Revo spinning reels have been built for anglers like Joey,” said Andrew Wheeler, Director, Freshwater Reels for Abu Garcia. “For those who need to rely on their gear when the moment matters and the tournament is on the line, these are the reels that give anglers like Joey the confidence to get every fish in the boat. We are extremely happy for him and this milestone in his career.”
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Originally from Connecticut, Kim now resides near Lake Norman in North Carolina with her husband and two goldendoodles. A lover of the outdoors, she grew up camping and spending time on the water with family and friends at the lake and on the Connecticut shore of Long Island Sound. Having never fished until she started as the Director of Marketing Communications for Pure Fishing, Kim has quickly discovered a love for the sport and continues to enjoy all of the unique experiences that fishing has to offer.