Glen Freeman of Converse, Louisiana, weighed a five-bass limit totaling 19 pounds, 11 ounces Sunday to win the Walmart Bass Fishing League Cowboy Division Super Tournament on Toledo Bend with a two-day total of 10 bass weighing 41 pounds, 11 ounces. For his victory, Freeman earned $7,874.
“The tournament was difficult due to the high winds, especially out in the middle of the lake,” said Freeman who earned his ninth career win and 30th top-10 finish in FLW competition. “Thank God I was in a Ranger Boat.
“I stuck with a pretty basic pattern for this event,” continued Freeman. “I focused on deep ledges – anywhere from 10 to 20 feet – as well as ridges and humps. The offshore structure had the best bite.”
Freeman said his bait of choice was a Texas-rigged Yum Baits worm.
“I preferred a couple of different colors,” said Freeman. “Sometimes I used Redbug and sometimes I liked green-pumpkin. It really depended on the spot I was on.”
Freeman went on to say that he did catch a few notable bass on a crankbait, but the majority came on the worm.
“We didn’t have a good early bite,” Freeman said. “My best fish came later in the morning and into the afternoon each day.”
The top 10 boaters:
1st: Glen Freeman, Converse, La., 10 bass, 41-11, $5,874 + $2,000 Ranger Cup Bonus
2nd: Ryan Pinkston, Center, Texas, nine bass, 37-3, $2,937
3rd: Albert Collins, Nacogdoches, Texas, 10 bass, 33-10, $1,957
4th: Randy Millender, Teague, Texas, 10 bass, 31-7, $1,371
5th: Brooke Morrison, Youngsville, La., 10 bass, 29-1, $1,175
6th: Ron Festavan, Vivian, La., 10 bass, 27-11, $1,077
7th: Nick Lebrun, Shreveport, La., 10 bass, 27-8, $979
8th: Billy Phipps, Elm Grove, La., nine bass, 27-7, $881
9th: Corey Harris, Chatham, La., 10 bass, 25-8, $783
10th: Jeremy Guidry, Opelousas, La., nine bass, 24-4, $685
Complete results can be found here.
Phipps caught the biggest bass of the tournament in the pro division, a fish weighing 9 pounds, 6 ounces and earned the day’s Big Bass award of $780.
Sharbono wins co-angler division
Gene Sharbono of Montgomery, Louisiana, won the co-angler division and $2,937 with a two-day total of seven bass weighing 31 pounds even.
The top 10 co-anglers:
1st: Gene Sharbono, Montgomery, La., seven bass, 31-0, $2,937
2nd: Charles Dellard, Burleson, Texas, eight bass. 27-12, $1,468
3rd: Russell Lewis, Pineville, La., nine bass, 25-0, $979
4th: Robert Royal, Vidor, Texas, eight bass, 21-13, $685
5th: Karim Anabtawi, Groves, Texas, six bass, 21-2, $587
6th: Mark Swift, Shelbyville, Texas, eight bass, 21-0, $538
7th: Matthew Kay, League City, Texas, eight bass, 19-11, $489
8th: Myong Yu, Spurger, Texas, five bass, 16-9, $441
9th: Keenan McAfee, Fort Hood, Texas, six bass, 16-3, $392
10th: Jonathan Primeaux, Lake Charles, La., eight bass, 16-1, $343
Sharbono also caught the biggest bass of the tournament in the co-angler division and earned the day’s Big Bass award of $390.
The top 50 boaters and 50 co-anglers based on point standings now 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.