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Murphy makes final cut in FLW tour championship

By Staff
Local angler Ken Murphy represented Meridian and our state well last week while fishing on the co-angler side of the FLW Championship. This was the second year in a row that Murphy had qualified for the year-end tournament test of the best fishermen in the country.
This talented angler missed the tournament by only two points in his first try three years ago. Co-anglers must fish from the back of the boat and they are usually relegated to fishing either used water or poor water, as the pros get the cream of the crop with the first shot.
Tough fishing
Anglers who have fished tournaments from the back of the boat know that it is the hardest place to be in a tournament. Co-anglers have no control over the boat, where you fish, or how, most of the time.
After getting a poor draw the first day of the tourney, Murphy was faced with having to catch a big string of bass on the second day just to make the top 24 cut and championship round where the weights start over.
With a daring change of strategy Murphy altered his tactics and flipped a finesse worm on eight-pound line in heavy brush. He was able to coax eight keepers out of the brush while culling three times. That five fish limit of bass pushed him up to 17th place where he made the top 24 cut.
During the championship round Murphy's pro partner had located scattered bass holding tight on isolated structure in deep water. The pro had five bites and caught five keepers. Murphy caught six bass but only had two keepers to show. However, that wasn't bad for a day when the bite was tough.
Staying versatile
Murphy qualified for the championship by being versatile and it showed during this tournament as well. Murphy caught fish on finesse, flipping and crank baiting. This year he pulled out all of the stops to make the championship round and finish in 19th place, which was pretty good considering the many obstacles that he faced along the way.
Meanwhile Murphy is gearing up for a full slate of fall tournaments as he enters the world of professional bass fishing on the Bass Anglers Sportsmen Society's Southern Division. Breaking down barriers is tough on any fishermen, but Murphy is one angler who has what it takes to get the job done. Only time will tell, but it wouldn't pay to bet against this talented angler making it to the big time!

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