RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. – Shawn Gordon of Russellville, Arkansas, weighed a five-bass limit totaling 19 pounds, 7 ounces Saturday to win the third Walmart Bass Fishing League Arkie Division tournament of 2015 on Lake Dardanelle. For his victory, Gordon earned $7,244.
“It feels great to take home a check,” said Gordon. “To see the all of the hard work that I put in practicing pay off is really nice.”
Gordon said he targeted shallow grass in mid lake and lower-lake areas. He threw watermelon red- and green pumpkin-colored Yum Swim’n Dingers.
“The postspawn fish were really active,” said Gordon.
Around 9 a.m., Gordon switched techniques to flipping grass and wood.
“The fish were also spawning so I switched to a Junebug-colored Yum Baits Lizard,” said Gordon. “It ended up working well for me. I caught nine keepers throughout the day.”
The top 10 boaters:
1st: Shawn Gordon, Russellville, Ark., five bass, 19-7, $4,244 + $2,000 Ranger Cup + $1,000 Mercury Bonus
2nd: Dustin Blevins, Harrison, Ark., five bass, 18-3, $2,122
3rd: Brandon Lee, Ratcliff, Ark., five bass, 18-0, $1,413
4th: Tommy Huddleston, Atkins, Ark., five bass, 17-15, $990
5th: Von Kinsey, Clarksville, Ark., five bass, 17-13, $849
6th: Huey Applegate, Jessieville, Ark., five bass, 17-7, $778
7th: Drew Dawson, Pocahontas, Ark., five bass, 17-3, $707
8th: Jason Lieblong, Conway, Ark., five bass, 16-10, $637
9th: Dustin Huggins, Russellville, Ark., five bass, 16-9, $566
10th: Allen Fullbright, Malvern, Ark., five bass, 16-6, $495
Complete results can be found here.
Dennis Bean of Hot Springs, Arkansas, caught the biggest bass of the tournament in the pro division, a fish weighing 6 pounds, 10 ounces, and earned the day’s Big Bass award of $600.
Rhoades wins co-angler award
The top 10 co-anglers:
1st: Dusty Rhoades, Gravelly, Ark., five bass, 16-0, $2,122
2nd: Johnny Payne, Leslie, Ark., five bass, 15-3, $1,061
3rd: Frank Leone, Pottsville, Ark., five bass, 12-14, $707
4th: Cameron Ivie, Bryant, Ark., four bass, 11-10, $495
5th: Kelly Shamlin Jr., Benton, Ark., five bass, 11-4, $424
6th: Keeton Blaylock, Benton, Ark., five bass, 11-0, $389
7th: Bryan Barnard, Harrison, Ark., five bass, 10-15, $354
8th: Michael Lucas, Forrest City, Ark., four bass, 10-6, $318
9th: Tyler Pearson, Clarksville, Ark., three bass, 10-2, $283
10th: Pete Clark, Malvern, Ark., five bass, 10-0, $248
Josh Penn of Benton, Arkansas, caught the biggest bass of the tournament in the co-angler division and earned the day’s Big Bass award of $300.
The top 50 boaters and 50 co-anglers based on point standings will qualify for the Oct. 22-24 Regional Championship on Lake of the Ozarks in Osage Beach, Missouri. Boaters will compete for a top award of a Ranger Z518C with a 200-horsepower Evinrude or Mercury outboard and $20,000, while co-anglers will fish for a new Ranger Z518C with a 200-horsepower Evinrude or Mercury outboard.