Though three stops remain still for the 2022 Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit, we’re at the point of the season where every cast, hook, and reel matter even more than the last. After another successful competition at Pickwick Lake – one that brought Blazer pro Spencer Shuffield to the top of the 2022 standings for Angler of the Year – we’re already looking ahead to May 12th-15th on Lake Guntersville to see what the 4th stop of the Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit might have in store for our family of pros.
Over the course of the last 22 years, Lake Guntersville in Guntersville, Alabama has hosted a whopping 127 tournaments – fourth most among all fisheries used by Major League Fishing. Most professional anglers, then, are already acquainted with Lake Guntersville and have likely already planned their strategies ahead of time. After all, a total purse of over $850,000 is on the line for the 158 pro anglers that will be competing.
That prize money is but a drop of water in the bucket that is the true reward at the end of the 2022 Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit – the TITLE championship finale, which includes a total purse of $437,500 to be distributed amongst the top 50 anglers and accolades, like Angler of the Year, that are sure to cement any angler in the annals of professional fishing history.
With the first half of the 2022 Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit already in the books, we are proud to announce that Blazer pro Spencer Shuffield occupies the top slot of the standings, with 538 total points – 6 ahead of second place angler, Mark Rose. Fellow Blazer pros Evan Barnes (452 points, 29th place) and Tyler Woolcott (387 points, 73rd place) are also in prime position to overtake the competition during the next three stops and earn their spot in the 2022 TITLE.
So, what can we expect of Lake Guntersville this year? Traditionally, this lake has been considered one of the best fisheries for largemouth bass across the entire country. However, the landscape has changed over the last ten years – milfoil and hydrilla beds have given way for large crops of eelgrass. We expect the fish to use eelgrass, docks, ledges, and more for cover, so the pros will likely try finding their catches in these areas.
Warm temperatures and stable weather patterns are expected on Lake Guntersville throughout the weekend, so everything the pros are practicing now will likely translate to live competition. Stay tuned to the Blazer Blog to see how our pros handle the 4th stop of the Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit, including whether or not Spencer can keep his lead over the rest of the pack.