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Brush Piles Key for Marks

Swicegood wins co-angler title on Lake Wylie
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Joseph Marks
June 20, 2016 • MLF • Archives

Joseph Marks of Duncan, South Carolina, weighed a five-bass limit totaling 16 pounds, 3 ounces, Saturday to win the fourth FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) North Carolina Division tournament of 2016 on Lake Wylie. For his victory, Marks took home $6,056.

“I spent the day fishing the lower end of the lake, on the South Carolina side,” says Marks, who earned his first win in FLW competition. “I rotated through five different brush piles and was able to piece together some decent catches.

“I started out throwing a drop-shot rig with a Morning Dawn-colored Roboworm in 14 to 18 feet of water,” Marks continues. “Before 9 a.m., I had a limit worth 12 pounds. Around 10:30 a.m., I switched to a green-pumpkin custom jig and caught another 15 keepers.”

Marks preferred to position his baits inside the brush piles, even if it meant getting them hung up on the branches.

“I threw the jig and let it sit there on the bottom and the fish would pick it up,” says Marks. “It was hard to feel them bite and was very slow, but it worked. With the drop-shot, I used 5/16-ounce weights and went through about 40 of them from having to rip out of the brush. I had to let it fall inside, though, to get the reaction bite. It was a great day on the water.”

The top 10 boaters:

1st:          Joseph Marks, Duncan, S.C., five bass, 16-3, $4,056 + $2,000 Ranger Cup Bonus

2nd:         Bernie Davis, Charlotte, N.C., five bass, 14-7, $1,878

3rd:          Stephen Cannon, Wilkesboro, N.C., five bass, 14-1, $1,064

3rd:          Jeff Queen, Catawba, N.C., five bass, 14-1, $1,064

5th:          Kameron Harbin, Abbeville, S.C., five bass, 13-6, $751

6th:          Jason Quinn, Rock Hill, S.C., five bass, 12-2, $689

7th:          Michael Stephens, Gastonia, N.C., five bass, 11-13, $626

8th:          Joey Sabbagha Prosperity, S.C., five bass, 11-3, $563

9th:          Steve Godfrey, Candler, N.C., five bass, 11-1, $469

9th:          Maurice Freeze, Concord, N.C., five bass, 11-1, $469

Complete results can be found here.

Travis Young of Gastonia, North Carolina, caught a 5-pound, 7-ounce bass – the biggest of the tournament in the pro division – and earned the day’s Boater Big Bass award of $490.


Co-angler Tommy Swicegood

Swicegood wins co-angler title

Tommy Swicegood of Salisbury, North Carolina, weighed in five bass totaling 12 pounds, 13 ounces, Saturday to win the co-angler division and earn $2,123.

The top 10 co-anglers:

1st:          Tommy Swicegood, Salisbury, N.C., five bass, 12-13, $2,123

2nd:         Dennis Langdon, Ocean Isle Beach, N.C., five bass, 11-3, $939

3rd:          Erik Myers, Southmont, N.C., five bass, 10-7, $627

4th:          Wayne Smelser, Rural Retreat, Va., five bass, 9-8, $438

5th:          Doug File, Salisbury, N.C., four bass, 8-9, $376

6th:          Darren Jeter, Marshall, N.C., five bass, 8-8, $344

7th:          Brandon Coalter, Greensboro, N.C., five bass, 8-2, $313

8th:          Aaron Digh, Denver, N.C., four bass, 7-15, $282

9th:          Brian Transon, Sherrills Ford, N.C., four bass, 7-14, $250

10th:        Michael Miller, Clemmons, N.C., four bass, 7-11, $219

Swicegood also caught the biggest bass of the tournament in the co-angler division, a fish weighing 5 pounds, 1 ounce and earned the day’s Co-angler Big Bass award of $245.

The top 50 boaters and 50 co-anglers based on point standings will qualify for the Oct. 27-29 Regional Championship on Lake Hartwell in Seneca, South Carolina. 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.