ELITE #4/5 July 14 Miami County Big Hammer Big Bounty Fish Off!
NAPRA NEWS: Elite #4 and #5 Recaps
(#4) Chivington Spoils Kortis's Return
Eric Chivington, now 10th place all time in NAPRA Career and Elite Points, dissected the heat and stingy fish bite to claim the 2019 Elite #4 event in Covington, Ohio. He managed 70 inches to claim the victory and spoil the return of Steve Kortis whom was on the IR for the last event. Eric's weapon of choice was a where not a what. While the other anglers fished the Greenville Creek and Stillwater he snuck away to the Greenville Falls and had the whole stretch to himself. His biggest keeper was a 15". Kortis managed 68 inches for 2nd and Dave Schaller had a very close 67 for 3rd. Big fish of the day were mutually caught by Marvin Reynolds and Randal Savage with 17 inchers.
(#5) Hitzman Battles Crowded River to Win #5
With a slew of anglers wading up and down the Stillwater at Horseshoe Bend and a regatta of canoers and kayakers Michael Hitzman proved to have nerves of steel to win his 3rd event of the 2019 season. His 61.5" bag just edged Bobby Tribbey's 59 including a 14 incher the last 10 minutes of competition. "Hitzman could fish in a blender and get a limit. He's probably one of the top 3 anglers I have seen in my 14 years of running NAPRA!", praised CEO and fellow competitor Pete Ziehler. Dave Schaller had another strong outing and finished 3rd again.
The Elite anglers will battle next Sunday, 7-21 on the LMR. With the races tightening for final playoff spots it will be a test to see where it all shakes out!
Thanks to sponsors @Maniac Custom Lures, Panther Vision, Fricker's Miller Lane, K&E Tackle - Stopper Lures, and Cloud Nine Creations for providing prizes today!