Kent Ware

Kent Ware of Guntersville won last week's Toyota Series tournament on Guntersville Lake. It's his first big time win in more than a decade of fishing the series. It was good for $80,000.

With big bags of smallmouth leading the tournament after the first two days, it seemed brown fish would win the Toyota Series Presented by A.R.E. event at Lake Guntersville. However, local pro Kent Ware of Guntersville was slowly and steadily climbing up the leaderboard.

Moving from 17th place into 8th after the first two days, Ware brought a final-day total of five largemouth weighing 22 pounds, 8 ounces to the scale Thursday – his biggest bag of the tournament – to win the Central Division season-opener. Ware’s three-day total of 15 bass weighing 59-15 earned him the win by a 2-pound, 4-ounce margin over second-place pro Casey Martin of Brownsboro, Alabama, and earned Ware the top payout of $80,000.

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