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Swimbait, Crankbait Carry Pitt to Top

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Cody Pitt of Many, La., won the Jan. 23 Cowboy Division event on Toledo Bend with a 24-pound, 5-ounce limit to earn over $4,800 in winnings. Angler: Cody Pitt.
January 25, 2016 • MLF • Archives

Local angler Cody Pitt of Many, Louisiana, weighed a five-bass limit totaling 24 pounds, 5 ounces, Saturday to win the first FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Cowboy Division tournament of 2016 on Toledo Bend. For his victory, Pitt earned $4,872.

“I focused on two areas in Tennessee Bay about a mile south of the takeoff ramp,” says Pitt, who earned the win fishing in the first FLW tournament of his career. “Half of the bass I dialed in on were in the backs of ditches and on the sides of humps near flats, and the other half were still out deep in their winter patterns.

“All of the keepers I caught were from big schools – sometimes with 50 or more fish in them,” Pitt continues. “They were feeding heavily on shad so I knew that was a pattern I needed to follow.”

The Louisiana pro says he used two baits to catch his winning stringer – a white Fish Head Spin rigged with a Sight Flash-colored Keitech Swimbait and a sexy shad-colored Strike King 10XD crankbait.

“Three of the fish that I weighed in came on the Fish Head Spin while the other two preferred the crankbait,” says Pitt. “I fished each one fairly slow along the bottom, occasionally bouncing the 10XD.”

Pitt ended up catching nearly 25 keepers throughout his day.

“Everything I brought in was found with the help of my Lowrance electronics,” says Pitt. “I couldn’t have won this tournament without them.”

The top 10 boaters:

1st:          Cody Pitt, Many, La., five bass, 24-5, $4,872

2nd:         Dusty Anders, Pineville, La., five bass, 24-0, $2,436

3rd:          Darold Gleason, Leesville, La., five bass, 23-2, $2,358

4th:          Dylan Poche, Natchez, La., five bass, 22-8, $1,137

5th:          Nick Lebrun, Bossier City, La., five bass, 21-8, $974

6th:          Wade Hudgens, Longview, Texas, five bass, 21-4, $893

7th:          Keith Hawkins, Missouri City, Texas, five bass, 20-15, $812

8th:          Lane McGaha, Dubach, La., five bass, 20-4, $731

9th:          Jason Bonds, Lufkin, Texas, five bass, 19-2, $609 + $300 Evinrude bonus

9th:          Anthony  Sharp, Silsbee, Texas, five bass, 19-2, $609              

Complete results can be found here.

Gleason caught the biggest bass of the tournament in the pro division, a largemouth weighing 9 pounds, 7 ounces and earned the day’s Big Bass award of $735.


Bryan McDonough of Katy, Texas, claimed the co-angler title in the Jan. 23 Cowboy Division event on Toledo Bend with a 16-pound, 13-ounce limit to win nearly $2,400.

McDonough wins co-angler title

Bryan McDonough of Katy, Texas, weighed in five bass totaling 16 pounds, 13 ounces Saturday to earn $2,398 and win the co-angler division.

The top 10 co-anglers:

1st:          Bryan McDonough, Katy, Texas, five bass, 16-13, $2,398

2nd:         Derek Allen, Ponchatoula, La., five bass, 15-6, $1,199

3rd:          Randall Bellard, Denham Springs, La., five bass, 15-4, $795

4th:          Cody Canerday, Welsh, La., five bass, 14-10, $560

5th:          Chaz York, Vidor, Texas, five bass, 14-9, $480

6th:          Nick Whittemore, Austin, Texas, five bass, 14-2, $440

7th:          Jerry Riddle, Summit, Miss., five bass, 13-11, $400

8th:          Larry Becker, Waskom, Texas, three bass, 13-10, $360

9th:          Kerry Barnett, Waldron, Ark., five bass, 13-4, $320

10th:        Marcus Newton, Angleton, Texas, three bass, 12-14, $280

Logan Buss of Dallas, Texas, caught the biggest bass of the tournament in the co-angler division, a fish weighing 7 pounds, 5 ounces and earned the day’s Big Bass award of $357.

The top 50 boaters and 50 co-anglers based on point standings will qualify for the Oct. 27-29 Regional Championship on Lake Dardanelle in Russellville, Arkansas. 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.