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Ginter Goes Against the Grain

Knapmeyer wins co-angler title
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Gary Ginter of Maplewood, Ohio, won the April 23 Buckeye Division event on Grand Lake St. Mary's with a 13-pound, 1-ounce limit to claim nearly $6,000 in prize money.
April 25, 2016 • MLF • Phoenix Bass Fishing League

Gary Ginter of Maplewood, Ohio, weighed a five-bass limit totaling 13 pounds, 1 ounce, Saturday to win the first FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Buckeye Division tournament of 2016 on Grand Lake. For his victory, Ginter took home $5,905.

“I started out my day on the south side of the lake fishing canals that I had marked in practice,” says Ginter, who earned his third win in FLW competition. “I had to adjust my pattern a bit due to boat traffic and ended up at my backup spot targeting wood and caught a few fish fairly quick.”

Ginter said he flipped the wood using a custom black soft-plastic creature bait.

“I moved it slow with short hops,” explains Ginter. “It resembles a Zoom Brush Hog and it got me through the seven areas I hit throughout my day.”

At 12:30 p.m., Ginter said he had four fish in the boat and decided to finish the event running his bait along rocks.

“After the sun came out, I filled my limit and culled when I could,” says Ginter. “I ended up with nine keepers. Basically I paid attention to what others were doing and did the opposite.”

The top 10 boaters finished the tournament in:

               1st:          Gary Ginter, Maplewood, Ohio, five bass, 13-1, $5,905

               2nd:         Todd Hahn, Heath, Ohio, five bass, 12-0, $2,453

               3rd:          Scott Tangeman, Chickasaw, Ohio, five bass, 11-4, $2,375

               4th:          Kenneth Pincombe, Hamilton, Ohio, five bass, 10-15, $1,063

               4th:          Dan Moran, London, Ohio, five bass, 10-15, $1,063

               6th:          Brad Baldwin, Waynesville, Ohio, five bass, 10-14, $899

               7th:          Miles Johnson, Kettering, Ohio, five bass, 10-4, $1,118

               8th:          Cody Seeger, Lewistown, Ohio, five bass, 10-3, $695

               8th:          Ray Philhower, Milford, Ohio, four bass, 10-3, $695

               10th:        Bob Abrams, Williamsburg, Ohio, four bass, 10-0, $572

Complete results can be found at  

Tangeman caught a 5-pound, 3-ounce bass – the biggest of the tournament in the pro division – and earned the day’s Boater Big Bass award of $740.

Co-angler Brandon Knapmeyer of Union, Ky, won the April 23 Buckeye Division event on Grand Lake St. Mary's with four bass weighing 8 pounds, 4 ounces to earn over $2,400.

Knapmeyer wins co-angler title

Brandon Knapmeyer of Union, Kentucky, weighed in four bass totaling 8 pounds, 2 ounces, Saturday to win the co-angler division and earn $2,436.

The top 10 co-anglers were:

               1st:          Brandon Knapmeyer, Union, Ky., four bass, 8-2, $2,436

               2nd:         John Long, New Bremen, Ohio, four bass, 8-1, $1,016

               2nd:         Dennis Sepeck, Bethel, Ohio, three bass, 8-1, $1,016

               4th:          Brett Warrick, Westerville, Ohio, five bass, 7-9, $568

               5th:          Mark Henderson, Martinsville, Ohio, four bass, 7-3, $487

               6th:          Jacob Bierman, Cincinnati, Ohio, four bass, 6-15, $447

               7th:          Owen Warner, Fairborn, Ohio, three bass, 6-9, $406

               8th:          Brody Campbell, Oxford, Ohio, three bass, 5-12, $345

               8th:          Brent Jones, Okeana, Ohio, three bass, 5-12, $345

               10th:        William Miller, Perry, Ohio, one bass, 5-11, $651

Miller caught the biggest bass of the tournament in the co-angler division, a fish weighing 5 pounds, 11 ounces and earned the day’s Co-angler Big Bass award of $367.

The top 50 boaters and 50 co-anglers based on point standings will qualify for the Oct. 13-15 Regional Championship on Kentucky Lake in Gilbertsville, Kentucky. 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.