Trevor Fitzgerald's first FLW victory came in a two-day BFL super tournament at the St. Johns River 11 1/2 years ago. He remembers it well. Chances are his most recent triumph there will stand out a little bit more. Fitzgerald, a native of Florida who cut his teeth as a bass fisherman along the St. Johns, came away with the victory at last week's FLW Series Southern Division opener with a three-day total of 57-12.
Sight-fishing gear: 7'3" heavy-action Fitzgerald Fishing All-Purpose Series casting rod, Fitzgerald Fishing Stunner casting reel (7.0:1 ratio), 17-pound Fitzgerald Fishing Vursa fluorocarbon line, 1/4-oz. Fitzgerald Fishing tungsten worm weight, 4/0 Berkley Fusion19 heavy cover hook, Reaction Innovations Sweet Beaver (green-pumpkin).
Worm gear: Same rod (medium-heavy), same reel, same line, same weight, 4/0 Hayabusa wide gap offset heavy duty worm hook, Reaction Innovations Pocket Rocket (tramp stamp or hematoma).
Shaky-head gear: 7'3" medium-heavy Fitzgerald Fishing Stunner spinning rod, Fitzgerald Fishing Stunner spinning reel (size 3000), 10-pound Fitzgerald Fishing Vursa braided line, same line (10-pound), 1/4-oz. Spanker Jigs shaky-head, Reaction Innovations Pocket Rocket (tramp stamp or hematoma).