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Myrtle Beach man wins Bassmaster Open at Chesapeake Bay

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A Myrtle Beach man was the winner of the Bassmaster Open at Chesapeake Bay with a 17-pound 4-ounce limit that capped a three-day total of 39-12 and propelled him to victory.

JT Thompkins, 20, earned $42,267 and a berth in the 2023 Academy Sports + Outdoors Bassmaster Classic to be held in Knoxville, Tenn., March 24-26, according to a release. 

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“I didn’t think there was any way for this to happen; I don’t even know what to say,” Thompkins said. “This whole year, I’ve talked about dreaming of going to the Classic. It’s a dream come true."

Thompkins caught his day three fish on a 1/2-ounce craw-colored Outkast Tackle jig with a green pumpkin Strike King Rage Menace. Earlier in the event, he also caught bass on a Senko and a ChatterBait.

He also happened to win his first Bassmaster Open on his mother's birthday to sweeten the victory. 

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Chris Beaudrie finished second with 38-13 and Pete Gluszek finished third with 37-2. 

More information about the tournament can be found here

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