Top 5 Patterns of the Lay Lake Classic Boyd Duckett: Sticking to Your Guns

Updated: June 4, 2007, 5:00 PM ET
By Tim Tucker | BASSMASTER Magazine, May 2007
By now, the fishing world knows that Boyd Duckett, a 46-year-old Classic rookie from Demopolis, Ala., who qualified through the Bassmaster Southern Tour (now Opens), put together five-bass limits weighing 19 pounds, 4 ounces, 10-15 and 17-13 to win the Classic. And that his three-day total of 48-10 edged Skeet Reese by just 6 ounces.

What fishing fans may not be aware of is the gutsy strategy he employed to capture the sport's premier championship.

"It took guts to use a flipping stick for six hours a day when you know you're only going to get two bites," Duckett admits. "That's what won the Classic. "The key was having confidence in what it takes to win the Classic. You've got to swing for the fences. And when you're flipping six hours for two bites, you have to have a lot of confidence that you're going to catch them."