Local man hooks 3rd place at Bassmaster event

Courtesy photo Marietta resident Glynn Goodwin placed third at a Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Northern Open event last weekend.

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Glynn Goodwin had a good finish on Oneida Lake at last Saturday’s Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Northern Open No. 1.

But the angler right behind the 35-year-old Mariettan after Day 2 of the three-day event in upstate New York was just a tad better with a winning surge.

While Goodwin was going from sixth place to third in the championship round, Stanley Sypeck of Sugarloaf, Pa., vaulted to first to claim a boat/motor package (a Nitro Z20 bass boat with a Mercury 225 Pro XS engine) valued at nearly $50,000 as well as a berth in next year’s GEICO Bassmaster Classic presented by DICK’S Sporting Goods provided he fishes the final two Northern Open events this year.

“It was pretty neat,” said Goodwin of his profession debut as an angler. “I feel so blessed doing my favorite thing (fishing). I enjoy every minute of it.”

Steve York, a Bronson, Mich., pro, and the leader going into the final day of competition, dropped to eighth place.

The tourney kicked off with 396 anglers (198 pros and 198 co-anglers). Saturday’s competition featured just the Top 12 in each division.

After the opening round on the 50,000-acre lake on Thursday (June 29), Goodwin, who got off to a slow start, was 46th with five bass weighing 15 pounds, 15 ounces.

“I kind of messed up,” Goodwin said. “I thought all I needed to make it to the Top 20 after the first day was 16 pounds — and I was just a little bit off at the weigh-in.”

But the following day, he rallied to become a Top 12 qualifier with a two-day total of 35-1.

With momentum on his side, Goodwin alternated between a pair of soft plastic rigs and closed out Day 3 with a third-place total of 51-14. For his efforts, he pocketed $15,048.

“I also got an extra $1,000 in the Toyota bonus buck,” Goodwin said.

Goodwin’s career-winnings are now total $51,480 in three tournaments (1 pro, 2 co-angler).

After graduating from Frontier High in 2000, Goodwin attended Marietta College, where he earned a degree in business management. At MC, he played fall baseball.

Currently, Goodwin’s employed with Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 168.

Goodwin said that he’s been fishing since he “was in diapers.”

“My grandpa and dad always took me with them when they went fishing,” said Goodwin, laughing.

Back in 2011, Goodwin as a co-angler placed eighth in a fishing tournament at Lake Norman in N.C. The following year, he finished first, and was awarded a $35,000 boat, which he was in during his pro debut on Oneida Lake.

Goodwin’s next tournament is scheduled during the first weekend in August on the James River in Richmond, Va. (Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Northern Open No. 2). In a couple of weeks, he’ll be headed down there for a “practice run.”

Further down the road in September, Goodwin’s looking at Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Northern Open No. 3 at Douglas Lake in Dandridge, Tenn.

“If I can finish in the Top 5 in points overall in these three tournaments,” he said, “I can be in the Elite Series, which is like going from the minor to the major leagues. In that series, they compete all over the country.”

Goodwin is married (Katie). He has one son (Grayson), and his wife is expecting their second child.