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Inside the FLW Tournament

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FLW Tournament winner David Dudley poses with his family after taking home the $125,000 first prize last weekend.

FLW Tournament winner David Dudley poses with his family after taking home the $125,000 first prize last weekend.

You just knew he was going to be good. He’s a natural and has great fishing instincts. His competitors say he has a lucky horseshoe hidden somewhere on his body. Heck, I think he’s part fish. Two years ago, I was paired with David in a tournament. Things weren’t going well, fishing was tough and we weren’t getting bites. Then, all at once David decides to put the trolling motor on high, pulled up to a tree stump, cast, and bang! He catches a 6-pound largemouth. He zooms to another spot and bang! I catch a 3- pounder and he catches another keeper. As I said, I think he’s part fish.

To his credit he is a wonderful father to five young Dudley’s. The family often comes to the tournaments and helps hold the big checks and trophies. He kept them busy at Plattsburgh last weekend. Me, I was looking behind the kid’s ears for their gills.

The 2012 Forrest Wood cup presented by Wal Mart will be the next tournament and will be held Aug. 9-12 at Lake Lanier in Duluth, GA. Don’t be surprised if David is holding another trophy supported by the little Dudley’s. For those wanting to watch the FLW TV presentation of this tournament, tune in on Aug. 26 to NBC Sports channel at 1 p.m.

Howard Hammonds is a guide and experienced bass fisherman living in Westport. He can be reached at hehammonds@gmail.com.

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