Monday, February 24, 2014

Team Dobyns Shows up big at the 2014 Bass Master Classic: Paul Mueller 2nd Place Finish

(Picture courtesy of Photographer: Mike Suchan)

If you spent your weekend watching the Olympics or even the Daytona 500, you may have missed out on one of the most exciting Bass Master Classic in recent years.. highlighted by a last day surge that gave (all around great guy) Randy Howell the title in his home state.. but if you are more interested in hearing about underdogs then the storey of Dobyns rods own Paul Mueller may be more to your taste.

Paul, a guide from Connecticut  qualified for this years classic and came into the event  as a relatively unknown angler.. to the average fan that is, but not to his fellow fisherman. Paul has long been know for his smarts on the water and how well he can pick apart a lake and know exactly what needs to be done in any given situation.. if you haven't already be sure to check out Paul's extensive video collection on you tube.. found HERE

Ok, back to the Classic… Paul had a fairly disappointing day 1, weighing in 3 fish for 9.10lbs, leaving him in 47th place. On day 2 the buzz on and off the water heated up when Paul showed off some of his fish while waiting to weigh in (see above image). Tipping the scales at 32.03lbs Paul set a new classic five fish record and jumped all the way up to 5th place by the end of Day 2.

I don't know about Paul but I sure as hell was nervous for him on day 3 while I and the rest of Dobyns Nation were waiting on word of Paul's final bag… a nice 24.11lbs, bringing his Classic total to 66.08lbs just 1lb shy of stealing the lead from the events eventual winner Randy Howell.. heart break? no, Paul is the ipitimy of class on the water, on the stage and in life, this is a proud moment for him and all those who consider him a friend (myself included)  

Congratulations Paul, on a well fished event

be sure to check out's article on Paul found HERE 

 (Paul Meuller Photo courtesy of  Photographer: Darren Jacobson)

Lets not forget about the other men in Orange at the classic, both Patrick Bone and Tim Johnson proudly represented Dobyns Rods.

Patrick finished with 31.4lbs in 33rd place, and Tim bagged a 20.10lbs good for 46th place. This was a tough event, both these men finished higher then some pretty well know B.A.S.S anglers, like Mike Iconelli, G-Man, and Skeet Reese.

(Patrick Bone Photo courtesy of  Photographer: Darren Jacobson)

(Tim Johnson Photo courtesy of  Photographer: Darren Jacobson)

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