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Lebrun Notches Win No. 2

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Nick Lebrun of Bossier City, La., won the April 30 Cowboy Division event on Toledo Bend with a 22-pound, 13-ounce limit to net over $4,800 in prize money.
May 2, 2016 • MLF • Archives

Nick Lebrun of Bossier City, Louisiana, weighed a five-bass limit totaling 22 pounds, 13 ounces, Saturday to win the FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Cowboy Division tournament on Toledo Bend Lake presented by Minn Kota. For his victory, Lebrun took home $4,866.

Lebrun says he spent his day targeting shallow hay grass on the south end of the lake.

“I ended up making my way through two areas that I knew had fish in them,” says Lebrun, who earned his second win in BFL competition this season. “I originally had four, but due to the severe weather, two of my main-lake stops were blown out. I had to make do with what I had.”

Lebrun used one bait to catch his limit – a black and blue-colored V&M Wild Craw Jr.

“When I pitch and flip in shallow water, I commit to a lure that I’m confident with,” says Lebrun. “I caught an 8-pounder at 8:30 a.m. and a 3- and a 4-pounder from my second area – all before 10:30 a.m. After that, bites were hard to come by. For me, it was recognizing the productivity of the cover I was fishing, and knowing when to move on.”

The Louisiana angler says he ended up catching 10 keepers.

The top 10 boaters:

1st:          Nick Lebrun, Bossier City, La., five bass, 22-13, $4,866

2nd:         Glen Freeman, Converse, La., five bass, 20-1, $2,136

3rd:          Terry Cole, Houston, Texas, four bass, 19-13, $1,424

4th:          Darold Gleason, Leesville, La., five bass, 18-10, $997

5th:          Zack Gagnard, Pineville, La., five bass, 17-10, $854

6th:          Jarred Williams, Bunkie, La., five bass, 16-6, $783

7th:          Dean Lee, Longview, Texas, five bass, 14-11, $712

8th:          Dicky Newberry, Houston, Texas, five bass, 14-7, $641

9th:          Eason Dowden, Many, La., four bass, 14-3, $569

10th:        Jeff Bridges, Lumberton, Texas, five bass, 14-1, $498

Complete results can be found here.  

Lebrun also caught an 8-pound, 12-ounce brute – the biggest bass of the tournament in the pro division – and earned the day’s Boater Big Bass award of $595.


Co-angler Hogan Beckley of Grayson, La., won the April 30 Cowboy Division event on Toledo Bend with a 14-pound limit and took home over $2,100 in prize money.

Beckely wins co-angler title

Hogan Beckley of Grayson, Louisiana, weighed in five bass totaling 14 pounds even Saturday to win the co-angler division and earn $2,136.

The top 10 co-anglers:

1st:          Hogan Beckley, Grayson, La., five bass, 14-0, $2,136

2nd:         Jason Chance, Houston, Texas, three bass, 10-3, $1,365

3rd:          David Cox, Silsbee, Texas, five bass, 8-13, $712

4th:          Garry Fisher, Wylie, Texas, four bass, 8-12, $462

4th:          Jacob Harrison, Nash, Texas, four bass, 8-12, $462

6th:          Joe Marino, Bryan, Texas, four bass, 8-11, $392

7th:          Bobby Liles, Texarkana, Ark., three bass, 8-6, $356

8th:          Michael Cotter, Arlington, Texas, four bass, 7-12, $320

9th:          Zachary Burns, Prairieville, La., three bass, 7-7, $285

10th:        Chris LaBorde, Bossier City, La., four bass, 7-6, $249

Chance caught the biggest bass of the tournament in the co-angler division, a fish weighing 6 pounds, 8 ounces and earned the day’s Co-angler Big Bass award of $297.

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.