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Bluff Walls Carry Meredith

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Mitch Meredith of Hulbert, Oklahoma, weighed a five-bass limit totaling 18 pounds, 4 ounces to win the Okie Division tournament on Grand Lake. For his victory, Meredith earned $7,165.
May 19, 2015 • MLF • Phoenix Bass Fishing League

GROVE, Okla. – Mitch Meredith of Hulbert, Oklahoma, weighed a five-bass limit totaling 18 pounds, 4 ounces Saturday to win the third Walmart Bass Fishing League Okie Division tournament of 2015 on Grand Lake. For his victory, Meredith earned $7,165.

“I’ve fished a long time without a win, and this field has some really stiff competition, so I’m proud of what I did out there,” Meredith said.

Meredith spent his day working mid-lake areas between Horse Creek and Honey Creek. Starting south, he threw a Carolina-rigged Sooner Run-colored Gene Larew Biffle Bug and caught his first keeper early.

“After that I moved on to two deep points and quickly caught a limit of small keepers,” said Meredith. “My boat sat in 35 to 40 feet of water while I casted into about 18 feet.”

Around 10:30 a.m. Meredith figured he would need bigger fish to win. Still using the Biffle Bug, he switched strategies and began to flip the steep rocky bluffs, banks and docks as he worked his way up to Honey Creek.

“Anywhere I could find steep bluff walls I knew the fish would be heading out into the lake from the coves,” said Meredith. “I started culling a lot after targeting the new spots. Two of my biggest fish – both 5-pounders – came from underneath docks.”

Meredith said he caught around 25 keepers over the course of the day.

“My key to winning was realizing early in the day that I couldn’t win it out deep and that I had to move to those bluff walls for the big fish,” Meredith said. “Thankfully I didn’t hesitate any longer.”

The top 10 boaters:

1st:          Mitch Meredith, Hulbert, Okla., five bass, 18-4, $5,165 + $2,000 Ranger Cup Bonus

2nd:         Larry Crouch, Carthage, Mo., five bass, 17-9, $2,582

3rd:          Brad Koehler, Coweta, Okla., five bass, 17-5, $1,722

4th:          Robert Kirtley, Chouteau, Okla., five bass, 16-8, $1,205

5th:          Mark Teply, Midwest City, Okla., five bass, 16-3, $1,033

6th:          Eddie Carper, Valliant, Okla., four bass, 16-1, $947

7th:          Bob Noble, Nowata, Okla., five bass, 15-14, $861

8th:          Brian Dossey, Okmulgee, Okla., five bass, 15-13, $732

8th:          Allen Rude, Pauls Valley, Okla., five bass, 15-13, $732

10th:        Preston Frazell, Cleveland, Okla., five bass, 15-7, $603              

Complete results can be found here.  

Carper caught the biggest bass of the tournament in the pro division, a fish weighing 6 pounds, 7 ounces and earned the day’s Big Bass award of $805.

Rogers wins co-angler title

James Rogers of Springdale, Arkansas, weighed in five bass totaling 17 pounds, 9 ounces Saturday to win $2,582 in the co-angler division.

The top 10 co-anglers:

1st:          James Rogers, Springdale, Ark., five bass, 17-9, $2,582

2nd:         Steven Bale, Grove, Okla., five bass, 16-13, $1,291

3rd:          Matthew Gregory, Alma, Ark., five bass, 15-4, $863

4th:          Paul Loveland, Grove, Okla., five bass, 14-3, $603

5th:          Beau Govreau, Cedar Hill, Mo., five bass, 14-2, $516

6th:          Scott Parsons, Bentonville, Ark., five bass, 13-3, $473

7th:          Luke Frazier, Skiatook, Okla., three bass, 13-2, $430

8th:          Steven Dowty, Claremore, Okla., four bass, 11-15, $365

8th:          Rome Igarta, Claremore, Okla., three bass, 11-15, $365

10th:        Jereme Cullen, Haysville, Kan., five bass, 11-11, $301

Frazier caught the biggest bass of the tournament in the co-angler division and earned the day’s Big Bass award of $402.

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.