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Kitts Wins No. 2

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May 26, 2016 • MLF • Archives

Kyle Kitts of Joplin, Missouri, weighed a five-bass limit totaling 17 pounds, 2 ounces, Saturday to win the third FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Okie Division tournament of 2016 on Eufaula Lake, presented by Navionics. For his victory, Kitts took home $4,507.

“I’ve only been to Eufaula once before, so this win feels even sweeter than Grand earlier this year,” says Kitts, who picked up the second win of the season after winning earlier this year at Grand Lake.

“I was fishing in the mid-lake area, targeting chunk rock banks,” Kitts continues. “The fish were very shallow – I was literally throwing my bait to the water line on the bank and was getting bit right away. My ChatterBait is pretty beat up from hitting the rocks.”

Kitts says that he used a black and blue Z-Man ChatterBait with a black and blue Strike King Rage Tail Craw all day long to catch his 10 to 15 keepers.

“The fish were hitting the ChatterBait almost like a topwater, as soon as I dragged it into the water,” Kitts says. “The morning bite was pretty good, but the big ones were biting in the afternoon. From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. was definitely the best bite.”

The top 10 boaters:

1st:           Kyle Kitts, Joplin, Mo., five bass, 17-2, $4,507

2nd:          Cade Alsbury, Cave Springs, Ark., five bass, 16-13, $2,253

3rd:          Brent Haggard, Gans, Okla., five bass, 16-8, $1,502

4th:           Ed Barton, Vian, Okla., five bass, 16-5, $1,052

5th:           Jeff Keene, Vinita, Okla., five bass, 15-8, $901

6th:           John Shore, Owasso, Okla., five bass, 15-1, $826

7th:           Sawyer Grace, Russellville, Ark., five bass, 14-13, $751

8th:           Dane Coale, Norman, Okla., five bass, 14-10, $676

9th:           Ricci Head, Shawnee, Okla., five bass, 14-9, $601

10th:        Robert White, Moore, Okla., five bass, 14-8, $526

Complete results can be found here.  

Paul Waner of Choctaw, Oklahoma, caught a 5-pound, 5-ounce bass – the biggest of the tournament in the pro division – and earned the day’s Boater Big Bass award of $655.


Co-angler Travis Edwards

Edwards wins co-angler title

Travis Edwards of Edmond, Oklahoma, weighed in five bass totaling 17 pounds, 5 ounces Saturday to earn $2,253 and win the co-angler division.

The top 10 co-anglers:

1st:           Travis Edwards, Edmond, Okla., five bass, 17-5, $2,253

2nd:          Kirk Walker, Tahlequah, Okla., five bass, 15-3, $1,127

3rd:          Luke Frazier, Skiatook, Okla., five bass, 14-5, $751

4th:           Kyle Torkelson, Sand Springs, Okla., five bass, 13-8, $526

5th:           Jerry Evans, Pottsboro, Texas, five bass, 13-7, $451

6th:           Matthew Gregory, Alma, Ark., five bass, 12-8, $394

6th:           Brian Parker, Sand Springs, Okla., five bass, 12-8, $394

8th:           Justin Lillie, Owasso, Okla., five bass, 12-4, $338

9th:           Cameron Foster, Wagoner, Okla., five bass, 12-3, $300

10th:        Mike Blevins, Jay, Okla., five bass, 12-0, $263

Josh Dozier of Grove, Oklahoma, caught the biggest bass of the tournament in the co-angler division, a fish weighing 4 pounds, 12 ounces and earned the day’s Co-angler Big Bass award of $163.

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.