James Nealy of Yale, Virginia, won the co-angler division at the recent St. Croix Bassmaster Northern Open at James River with a two-day total of 26-14. Nealy took home the $25,183 top prize along with the $250 Phoenix Boats Big Bass Award and $500 in St. Croix Rod Rewards for being the highest-finishing co-angler fishing St. Croix Rods.
Nealy got off to a fast start on Day 1, catching four bass around shallow wood with reaction baits, including an 8-2 beast, which earned the $250 Phoenix Boats Big Bass award for the co-angler division. Nealy caught his fifth bass flipping a craw after his spinnerbait bite had slowed down and culled up with a bonus four-pounder in the last hour of fishing to end the day with 15-2. Day 2 saw Nealy returning to the shallows, where he bounced a 5/16-ounce chartreuse and white spinnerbait with tandem gold and silver Colorado blades off the wood to catch another 11-12.
Nealy fished St. Croix Mojo Bass and BassX rods to earn his win at James River, along with his $500 St. Croix Rewards. “I love their feel and durability,” says Nealy, adding that his next goal is to win a Bassmaster Open event as a boater. “My dream has always been to fish and to win some of the big tournaments and to one day fish in the Bassmaster Classic. I am going to fish as hard as I can and a big part of that will be to continue to use the Best Rods on Earth®.”
St. Croix Rod wants to remind both pro and co-anglers competing in any Bassmaster Opens Series event that they can win cash St. Croix Rewards by fishing with St. Croix Rods!
The St. Croix Rod Rewards Program pays an extra $1,000 to any registered* pro angler who wins a St. Croix Bassmaster Open tournament fishing St. Croix rods, or $500 to the highest-finishing registered top-10 pro angler fishing St. Croix rods.
Similarly, the program awards an extra $500 to any registered* co-angler who wins a St. Croix Bassmaster Open tournament fishing St. Croix rods, or $250 to the highest-finishing registered top-10 co-angler fishing St. Croix rods.
*Anglers must register via QR code at pre-tournament registration held by B.A.S.S. prior to the event.