Robert Garver of Olathe, Kan., was the No. 2 angler both of the first two days in Kansas state competition, but a four-bass catch today weighing 4 pounds, 9 ounces vaulted him to the top with a combined weight of 14 pounds, 9 ounces.
That weight ultimately bested No. 2 Michael Hays of Iola, Kan., by nearly 3 pounds and earned Garver a boater slot in the 2008 TBF National Championship. Hays will advance as a co-angler.
“I made a commitment to lock down to Aliceville every day if I caught them or not,” Garver said. “That paid off. There are more big fish down there.”
Garver provided one of the more compelling on-stage stories today, saying he lost five fish that would have totaled around 17 pounds. That would have been the heaviest stringer of the tournament by far.
“I lost one that weighed 8 to 10 pounds,” he said.
The losses never hurt him. Garver said he was catching his bass on a Paca Craw in 4 to 10 feet of water. He will be competing in his first national championship.
“I’ve never been there,” he said. “I’m very excited and proud to represent Kansas.”
Garver competed this week’s divisional as a boater.
Mick Hays Set for Nationals Co-Angler
Second is a tough spot in any other event, but with the TBF Format, Mick is feeling good about the TBF Nationals.
From the Board of Kansas TBF
We are extremely proud to have these 2 represent Kansas at the Nationals.. Go Get em boys!
Jason, Dennis, Kerry, Scott, Kevin and Steve