Local angler Scott Montgomery of Eufaula, Ala., weighed a five-bass limit totaling 21 pounds, 1 ounce, Saturday to win the first FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Bulldog Division tournament of 2016 on Lake Eufaula. For his victory, Montgomery took home a check for $4,127.
Montgomery said he began his day fishing banks in clear water in an area on the south end of the lake. He said he used a black and blue Strike King Rage Blade Swim Jig rigged with a black and blue Big Bite Baits Cane Thumper.
“I fished it as slow as I could around the banks and had three keepers within the first hour,” says Montgomery.
Around noon, Montgomery said he adjusted and made a run to new types of structure in a nearby area.
“I could tell the bass I was catching early on were smaller males that had moved up and were getting ready to spawn, so I went looking for staging areas,” said Montgomery. “I wanted to hit the first drop out of the spawning pockets, especially where it was deep. That’s where I figured the bigger fish would be.”
The Alabama angler says he switched to a Carolina-rigged Hematoma-colored Big Bite Baits B2 Worm in the new area and used it to catch the remainder of his winning stringer.
The top 10 boaters:
1st: Scott Montgomery, Eufaula, Ala., five bass, 21-1, $4,127
2nd: Mark Cameron, Phenix City, Ala., five bass, 20-10, $2,064
3rd: Terry Stevens, Marianna, Fla., five bass, 20-9, $1,377
4th: Jerome Hubbard Sr., Albany, Ga., five bass, 20-5, $1,538
5th: Matt Baty, Bainbridge, Ga., five bass, 18-11, $825
6th: Bryan Hinkle, Cumming, Ga., five bass, 18-3, $757
7th: Tony Couch, Buckhead, Ga., five bass, 16-15, $688
8th: Tyler Morgan, Columbus, Ga., four bass, 15-13, $619
9th: Ryan Horton, Palmetto, Ga., five bass, 15-11, $550
10th: David Pettis, Tifton, Ga., three bass, 14-11, $482
Complete results can be found here.
Hubbard caught the biggest bass of the tournament in the pro division, a fish weighing 6 pounds, 15 ounces and earned the day’s Big Bass award of $575.
Grizzle wins co-angler title
Harold Grizzle of Gainesville, Georgia, weighed in four bass totaling 12 pounds, 7 ounces Saturday to earn $2,064 and win the co-angler division.
The top 10 co-anglers:
1st: Harold Grizzle, Gainesville, Ga., four bass, 12-7, $2,064
2nd: Noah Rega, Douglasville, Ga., two bass, 9-11, $1,319
3rd: Coulby Lewis, Macon, Ga., three bass, 9-0, $688
4th: Andrew Wade, Zebulon, Ga., three bass, 8-15, $482
5th: Cody Yearwood, Austell, Ga., four bass, 8-10, $413
6th: Jeff Stone, Jackson, Ga., two bass, 6-7, $378
7th: James Lamons, Boston, Ga., three bass, 6-4, $344
8th: Clint Payne, Alpharetta, Ga., two bass, 6-3, $310
9th: Christopher Wilder, Macon, Ga., three bass, 6-0, $275
10th: Carlos Howard, Athens, Ga., two bass, 5-11, $241
Rega caught the biggest bass of the tournament in the co-angler division, a fish weighing 6 pounds, 12 ounces and earned the day’s Big Bass award of $287.
The top 50 boaters and 50 co-anglers based on point standings will qualify for the Oct. 13-15 Regional Championship on Lake Seminole in Bainbridge, Georgia. 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.