Like he did the week before at Toledo Bend, our man Big Fred Contaoi wowed the crowd over the weekend at the Toyota Texas Bass Classic on Lake Conroe with a lunker largemouth. This 7.88 pounder was the big fish for the tourney on day one and helped Contaoi reach 7th place in the $250,000 event.
Unfortunately, conditions were tough on the second day for Fred and he slipped in standings, but still ended up with a very strong 22nd place finish. And keep in mind, this was against the best bass anglers in the world!He of course would have liked to make the top 10, but when you’re fishing against what amount to an all star team of talent, 22nd is something to feel good about.
Here’s a look at the tourney…
Our bass man, Big Fred Contaoi is headed for the world championship of bass fishing this weekend at Lake Conroe, the Professional Anglers Association’s Toyota Texas Bass Classic. The Classic brings 60 of the best bass anglers on the planet from the PAA, FLW Tour and the Bassmaster’s Tour together for…what they’d call in boxing…a “unified title.”
Big Fred finished in the top 40 on the PAA Tournament Series this year, which earned him a chance at the championship, which begins today with a Pro-Am event. Then on Friday, “it’s on!” and Fred will be pitting his skills up against the sport’s elite, folks like Kevin VanDam, Skeet Reese, Mike Iaconelli, Takahiro Omori, Alton Jones, Luke Clausen, Boyd Duckett and Gerald Swindle.
Stay tuned here…we’ll keep you posted on Fred’s status. Or, log onto the PAA website for more info.
Good luck Big Boy!
Our man Big Fred Contaoi had he best showing yet at a Wal Mart-FLW Tour stop this weekend, when he placed 26th out of a field of 155 pros at Arkansas’s Beaver Lake.
For his efforts, Big Boy earned a check for $13,000 — which comes out to be $1,300 per bass over the two days he fished! Contaoi weighed in 5 fish for 9 pounds, 2 ounces on Thursday and then followed that up with 5 that weighed 9 pounds, 13 ounces on Friday. He’s two day total was 18 pounds, 15 ounces and was a mere 4 pounds out of the top 10 — and making the cut.
Though the standings have yet to be released, the 26th place finish, along with placing 85, 58 and 71 at the first three FLW Tour events of the year, should keep Contaoi very much alive in the points race to qualify for the $1 Million Forrest Wood Cup in Pittsburgh in late July.
Nice work, Big Fred!
Our bass dude, Big Fred Contaoi had a strong showing on Day 1 of the Walmart FLW Tour’s first stop of the season at Lake Guntersvillle, AL Thursday. Big boy got onto a nice pattern he put together in practice and it payed off to the tune of 4 largemouth that weighed 17-pounds, 10 ounces.
The sack of fish was good enough to put him 39th place — well within striking distance of making the cut tomorrow. Of course, had he not lost two other big bass, he would be sitting even more pretty as he’s only 3 pounds out of the top 10. At FLW Tour events, remember, they cut down from 200 anglers to 10 after day two, so a good showing tomorrow is a must.
Contaoi’s co-angler from Day 1, Terry Chapman of Stanley, NC is currently in third place overall in the co-angler (“backseat”) division.
Will Friday the 13th be the day Big Fred takes a huge step forward in his career? Tune in tomorrow for an update!
Our man, Big Fred Contaoi is currently flying under the radar, gearing up for his third run at the Wal Mart FLW Tour which kicks off Feb. 12.
Big boy will be knocking heads with some of the best bassers on the planet at Lake Guntersville in Huntsville, AL, where the current forecasts are calling for cold conditions and bass that are in a pre-spawn/winter type of mode. The lake is one of the better largemouth producers in the region and it sometimes takes a 25-pound sacks here every day to win. Of course, in the cold all bets are off and the smaller populations of smallies and spotts may come into play.
A little more than a year after his strong 15th place finish in the FLW Series event at Clear Lake, Big Fred Contaoi returned to his home lake and, along with partner Tommy C., made it a clean sweep at the one day US Angler’s Choice tourney today by winning the thing outright — and taking big fish.
Our man Big Fred Contaoi helped lead the Orange County Choppers Team to a strong 4th place finish in the PAA Corporate Cup in Florence, Alabama last week.
The event featured 42 teams picked from the cream of the crop of the FLW Tour and Bass Elite anglers, so Contaoi’s gang beat out some of the biggest names in the sport of bass fishing!