http://www.scfishingreport.com/), and has been fishing professionally for the past 5 years.
Over the 3 day event, Rodgers brought 14 fish to the scales for a total weight of 27 lbs, 3 ozs. This was an important win for the Camden angler, whose career earnings are now just shy of $100,000. Rodgers' main tactic for the tournament was fishing finesse baits in deeper water. He used a spinning reel with 6-lb line and a drop-shot rig with 3/16-oz lead weights and Robo Worms. He used long leaders--as much as 4 ft. at times--between the weights and Robo Worms, allowing the weights to drop into the brush while his worm dangled atop it.
While weighing in 4 fish on the final day, Rodgers had only 1 fish in the livewell by 1:30, but proved that old fishing adage is true even when $65,000 is on the line--patience is the key to fishing. Rodgers added the other 3 fish before the weigh-in, including a 4-lb chunk that pushed him to winning the tournament by 6-ounces over 2nd place.
PhotoFromSCFishingReport: Camden pro angler Dearal Rodgers shows off two of his fish from day 1 of the FLW Cup.