Hicks Hammers 25 pounds for Win - Major League Fishing
Hicks Hammers 25 pounds for Win
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Derek Hicks of Rocky Face, Ga., won the Feb. 13 Choo Choo Division event on Lake Guntersville with a 25-pound, 3-ounce limit to earn a check worth over $6,000. Angler: Derek Hicks.
February 15, 2016 • MLF • Phoenix Bass Fishing League

Derek Hicks of Rocky Face, Georgia, weighed a five-bass limit totaling 25 pounds, 3 ounces, Saturday to win the first FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Choo Choo Division tournament of 2016 on Lake Guntersville. For his victory, Hicks took home $6,133.

Hicks says he primarily focused on an area on the north end of the lake – a shallow shell bed with a ditch running through the middle of it.

“On my third cast I caught a 7-pounder, which was a great way to start the day,” says Hicks who earned his first win in BFL competition. “I used a white XCalibur Xr50 Rattle Bait and fished it really slow. I’d let it fall, pull up a little, wind it and stop it. The main thing is that I wanted to feel the bottom.

“I hit a flurry between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. and caught 13 keepers,” says Hicks. “That was the stretch that ended up producing the remainder of my winning stringer.”

The Georgia angler notes that rod was crucial to his success.

“The rod I used really made the difference,” says Hicks. “It was a medium-heavy Halo Fishing Cranking II Series Rod and it worked great. I could get the bait in there with the rod and it wouldn’t jerk it away from the fish.”

The top 10 boaters:

1st:          Derek Hicks, Rocky Face, Ga., five bass, 25-3, $6,133

2nd:         Mark McCaig, Oxford, Ala., five bass, 23-7, $2,566

3rd:          Jeff Knight, Cleveland, Tenn., five bass, 21-1, $1,710

4th:          Casey Martin, New Hope, Ala., five bass, 20-3, $1,498

5th:          Cameron Gautney, Muscle Shoals, Ala., five bass, 19- 6, $1,027

6th:          Eric Foister, Clarksville, Tenn., five bass, 17-14, $941

7th:          Ryan McIntosh, Patriot, Ind., five bass, 17-13, $727

7th:          Terry Tucker, Gadsden, Ala., five bass, 17-13, $727

7th:          Kent Keys, Anniston, Ala., five bass, 17-13, $727

7th:          Brad Harmon, Ringgold, Ga., three bass, 17-13, $727

Complete results can be found here.


Big Bass

Brent Barnes of Chattanooga, Tennessee, caught the biggest bass of the tournament in the pro division, a mammoth largemouth weighing 11 pounds, 3 ounces.

Brent Barnes of Chattanooga, Tennessee, caught the biggest bass of the tournament in the pro division, a mammoth largemouth weighing 11 pounds, 3 ounces and earned the day’s Boater Big Bass award of $800.


Co-angler Marcus Corbett of Anniston, Ala., won the Feb. 13 Choo Choo Division event on Lake Guntersville with a 19-pound, 3-ounce limit to earn a payday worth over $2,500.

Corbett wins co-angler title

Marcus Corbett of Anniston, Ala., weighed in five bass totaling 19 pounds, 3 ounces Saturday to earn $2,566 and win the co-angler division.

The top 10 co-anglers:

1st:          Marcus Corbett, Anniston, Ala., five bass, 19-3, $2,566

2nd:         Jacob Feltman, Birmingham, Ala., five bass, 16-12, $1,283

3rd:          Daniel Crockett, Old Hickory, Tenn., five bass, 16-4, $855

4th:          Brennon Binkley, Franklin, Tenn., four bass, 14-8, $599

5th:          Scott Miller, Burlington, Wis., five bass, 14-1, $513

6th:          Richard Roberson, Hanceville, Ala., four bass, 13-11, $471

7th:          Chase Dorsett, Odenville, Ala., five bass, 13-7, $428

8th:          Derek Holly, Johnson City, Tenn., four bass, 12- 6, $385

9th:          Brandon Johnson, Odenville, Ala., four bass, 11-5, $342

10th:        Ryan Sweeney, Springville, Ala., three bass, 9-4, $299

Donald Groves of Rocky Face, Georgia, caught the biggest bass of the tournament in the co-angler division, a fish weighing 7 pounds, 1 ounce and earned the day’s Co-angler Big Bass award of $400.

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.