Oliver Ngy has big bass dreams. And last weekend at Lake of the Ozarks, those dreams paid off, to the tune of $100,000.
Ngy landed a 6.82-pound bass on Sunday morning, Oct. 7, and that was enough to win the Lake’s biggest non-pro fishing tournament. It was his first time ever fishing at Lake of the Ozarks, but Ngy is well-known in the angler community as a big bass fisherman, and the announcement of his win on Facebook brought plenty of praise and congratulations.
Ngy is part of what is known as the large lure movement; he uses especially large baits, with unique tactics, in an attempt to land monster fish. That term “monster” is subjective, of course: at Lake of the Ozarks, a 6.82-lb bass can be the largest caught in a weekend where more than 1,000 anglers were working coves, docks, and shorelines across the Lake. On Ngy’s YouTube channel, BigBassDreams, a video shows him landing his largest-ever catch: a 17-pound largemouth bass on a lake in northern California. Click here to view Ngy landing a true monster. At the beginning of the video, Ngy laments only catching 10-pounders on that lake, leading up to the big catch.
But at Lake of the Ozarks, Ngy’s 6.82-pounder caught on a 10-inch swimbait was worth $100,000. On its Facebook page, a tournament spokesperson wrote, “He's an amateur angler that fished Lake of the Ozarks for the first time, and got lucky throwing a 10 inch swimbait and caught the big one.”
The organization also dispelled rumors that Ngy had caught the fish before the tournament and held it, saying, “He has the video of catching the fish, along with other boats that seen him catch it. He was given two polygraph tests and passed with flying colors.”
Ngy’s bass edged out the 2nd-place fish by .01 lbs. Around the same time Ngy was catching his winner, Travis Meyer landed a 6.81-lb bass. Both weighed in their fish during the same weigh-in time block at the same weigh-in station. Meyer took home the second-place prize, $20,000. Tom Held took third place, with a 6.25-lb fish that earned him $10,000.
The Big Bass Bash is held twice a year—April and October—at Lake of the Ozarks. In the spring of 2018, John Odom III won $100,000 for a 7.59-lb fish. In the fall 2017 event, Jon Jones won with a 6.36-pounder.
The next Anglers In Action tournament will be held at Grand Lake ‘O The Cherokees on Nov. 3–4. First place will win a Ranger Z519 bass boat with outboard motor, two Lowrance Gen3 HDS-9 units (fishfinders), and two Power Pole Blades (shallow-water anchors).