Jacob Foutz wrapped up the final Bassmaster Southern Open on Lake Norman with a 20th place finish. His two-day weight total was 20lbs 5oz. Relying primarily on the deep bite, he targeted spotted bass utilizing two different techniques: a dropshot and finesse swimbait. He used a 6” Roboworm in Morning Dawn for his dropshot, and a 3.3” Keitech Fat Swing Impact in Pro Blue Red Pearl.
Jacob’s lifelong dream has been to qualify for the Bassmaster Elite Series. After achieving great success in college fishing, by winning the Bassmaster College Classic Bracket in 2017, he set his sights on becoming a full-time fisherman. He began guiding on Lake Chickamauga full-time to maximize his time on the water and have the flexibility to fish the Bassmaster Opens.
This year he achieved his lifelong dream of qualifying for the Bassmaster Elite Series through the Bassmaster Southern Opens. Foutz wrapped up the Bassmaster Southern Opens AOY race in 2nd place with 568 points. The Top 3 anglers qualified for the Bassmaster Elite Series. Foutz racked up impressive finishes of 4th, 11th, and 20th. Consistency was key for Foutz. A Megabass Vision 110, Strike King 6xd and a 3.3” Keitech Fat Swing Impact swimbait were major players.
When asked about qualifying for the Bassmaster Elite Series, Foutz said “I’m super excited. Qualifying for the Bassmaster Elite Series is a dream come true. I’ve worked towards this my whole life. I’m excited to go and try to prove myself at the highest level.”
We are very proud of Jacob’s accomplishments. All of us here at 44 Tackle Co. are excited to watch Jacob’s future unfold. We are thankful to have Jacob on Team 44 Tackle, and can’t wait to see the Bassmaster Elite Series Rookie of the Year race in 2022.
You can follow Jacob’s journey on Facebook and Instagram: @jacobfoutzfishing