“I did most of my damage in the morning, right away,” Montgomery said in a news release. “I took advantage of the calm weather, got on my grassy humps and was able to slow down. I caught two really good quality fish right away, caught two more and then went running around. I got lucky at the end of the day. With 30 minutes to go, I caught another 4-pounder.”
Fellow Kansans Jason Baird, of Gypsum, and Kyle Kiister, of Arma, took fifth and seventh, respectively, posting bags of 49-4 and 46-14. Other Kansas team boaters who competed were No. 48 Jim Clay (26-12), No. 85 Garrett Cates (20-2), No. 91 Jason Benjamin (19-4), No. 151 Scott Tassi (11-14), No. 166 Donald Pflumm (9-3), No. 172 Jim Parson (8-2) and No. 187 Brandon Garrison (3-13).
Among the nonboaters, Kansas City’s Devin Pino was the top Kansas resident with a three-day total of 24-1 to take 19th. He was followed by No. 68 Dominic Cavitt, of Pittsburg, 12-8; No. 105 Hunter Baird, of Gypsum, 9-13; No. 134 Mack Hale, of Cherryvale, 7-9; No. 135 Lane Rue Armstrong, of Topeka, 7-7; No. 155 Brock Bila, of Louisburg, 6-3; No. 170 Mark Matulka, of Olathe, 4-12; and No. 176 Don Glick, of Zurich, 3-15.
Montgomery and Pino will now go on to compete Nov. 6-8 at the BASS Nation Championship on Lake Hartwell.
K-State’s Flynn, Hopkins win state title
After a false start at Perry Reservoir the week before, the Kansas State team of Josh Flynn and Zac Hopkins finally got on the board and posted a win last Sunday during the Kansas BASS Nation College State Fishing Championship on Council Grove City Lake.
A massive 6.72-pound largemouth highlighted their victory with an 11.11-pound bag, giving the team the state title and a berth in the Bassmaster College National Championship this summer.