Brock Mosley carved up the waters of Nickajack Lake with the precision of a skilled surgeon last Friday and suddenly reared back and drove the steel home, deep into the jaws of a five and a half pound bass. With time dwindling down on the cut day at BASSfest, Mosley scored on the kicker that vaulted him into the money round. Mosley, of Collinsville, qualified for the money round along with 60 of the World’s best bass anglers and finished higher than many superstars of the sport.
Mosley qualified for BASSfest, which was held on Lake Chickamauga and Nickajack, by competing at a high level in the BASS Open division last year on his way to a fine season where he just missed winning his first tournament on the big time stage. As it was he finished in 10th place for the season, narrowly missing out on a chance to make the BASS Elite field.
BASSfest was a chance to test his mettle against the best of the best and Mosley beat many past Classic Champs and Anglers of the Year in the process. After two days of fishing on Chickamauga the top 50 anglers qualified for the money round and the remaining 90 anglers fished Nickajack on Friday for a chance at one of 10 spots to advance to the money round. Mosley narrowly missed that top 50 cut by two ounces coming in at 52nd, which actually turned out to be a blessing for the young angler as he shared a boat with a cameraman during the Nickajack shootout.
During Friday’s waning moments Mosley caught several bass culminating with the precise cast that landed him a five and a half pound kicker, which was captured on film and broadcast over the big screen at BASSfest! “I was a little bit disappointed to miss the cut but it turned out even better for me and my sponsors as I got a lot of publicity out of that extra day on the lake,” said Mosley. And that kicker actually took the pressure off and allowed him to fish and enjoy a day on the tournament scene knowing he was in the money.
Ironically Mosley spent only a half day of practice on Nickajack but he found an area in the pre-tournament practice in a barge canal where he caught four four-pound bass on a Bagley Killer B in bluegill color. It turned out to be the honey hole Mosley was looking for during Friday’s cut day. “During my first pass through the canal I caught 15 fish,” Mosley said. “I had two 15-inch bass and lost about a 3.5 pounder before catching a three pounder on a Pop-R along the edge of a Barge piling.”
Mosley left the canal only to return later and harvest another bass, a four-pounder off of the same barge piling. “I finished up flipping and pitching and caught my kicker bass on a Berkley Havoc Pit Boss,” said Mosley.” Mosley’s strong finish propelled him into the money and $10,000.00. You may catch a glimpse of his day during ESPN2’s broadcast a week from this Sunday.
Mosley’s sponsors are Phoenix Boats, Bagley Crankbaits, Power Pole, Phenix Rods, Eco Pro Tungsten, Costa Del Mar and Lowrance Electronics. Mosley’s versatility with different techniques and lures allowed him to overcome tough conditions and triumph on one of the biggest stages in the fishing world.
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