BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Todd Hensley of New Albany, Indiana, weighed a five-bass limit totaling 15 pounds, 11 ounces Saturday to win the first Walmart Bass Fishing League Hoosier Division tournament of 2015 on Lake Monroe. For his victory, Hensley earned $4,584.
“It was a great day for a fishing tournament,” said Hensley. “The fish were active and my strategy paid off.”
Hensley said he flipped a green pumpkin-colored Lunker Lure jig along the bushes and willow trees in the main-lake area.
“The lake was flooded, so I wanted to concentrate on the bank line,” said Hensley. “I couldn’t believe how active the fish were in the shallower water.
Hensley originally had three spots he wanted to target, but ended up catching his biggest fish at one particular location.
“I hit one spot near Fairfax Marina and caught two 4-pounders and one 5-pounder in the first 90 minutes,” said Hensley. “I switched up to a green pumpkin-colored Reactions Innovation Sweet Beaver but didn’t find any success so I finished off the day with the jig.
“I only had six bites, but I ended up catching five of them. Luckily they were the ones I needed,” Hensley said.
The top 10 boaters:
1st: Todd Hensley, New Albany, Ind., five bass, 15-11, $4,584
2nd: Luke Foli, Fishers, Ind., four bass, 14-1, $2,292
3rd: Mike Quinlin, Mooresville, Ind., four bass, 11-13, $1,529
4th: Terry Dillon, Danville, Ind., four bass, 11-3, $1,070
5th: Frank McClain, Scottsburg, Ind., three bass, 11-2, $917
6th: Lee Mills, Columbus, Ind., three bass, 10-8, $840
7th: George Brown, Camby, Ind., three bass, 9-10, $726
7th: Jimmy Shepherd, Indianapolis, Ind., three bass, 9-10, $726
9th: Roger Hahn, Fairfield, Ohio, three bass, 9-2, $611
10th: Calvin Davidson, Plainfield, Ind., three bass, 7-12, $535
Complete results can be found here.
Steve Caudill of Morehead, Kentucky, caught the biggest bass of the tournament in the pro division, a fish weighing 6 pounds, 1 ounce and earned the day’s Big Bass award of $675.
McWhorter wins co-angler title
The top 10 co-anglers:
1st: James McWhorter, Hamilton, Ohio, two bass, 6-1, $2,288
2nd: Jeremy Arnold, Austin, Ind., one bass, 5-13, $1,144
3rd: Jared Robinson, Vallonia, Ind., one bass, 5-8, $762
4th: Jim Betts, Fort Wayne, Ind., two bass, 4-14, $534
5th: Justin Clift, Indianapolis, Ind., one bass, 4-12, $458
6th: Heath Kohlmeier, Oakland City, Ind., one bass, 4-7, $419
7th: Marshall Lachecki, Indianapolis, Ind., one bass, 4-6, $381
8th: Ryan Sykes, Hamilton, Ohio, two bass, 4-5, $343
9th: Gary McClure, Churubusco, Ind., two bass, 4-4, $305
10th: Charles Hardin, Evansville, Ind., one bass, 4-3, $267
Arnold caught the biggest bass of the tournament in the co-angler division and earned the day’s Big Bass award of $332.
The top 50 boaters and 50 co-anglers based on point standings will qualify for the Oct. 15-17 Regional Championship on Kentucky Lake in Gilbertsville, Kentucky. 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.