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Bonds Locks Up W on Rayburn

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September 12, 2016 • MLF • Archives

Jason Bonds of Lufkin, Texas, weighed a five-bass limit totaling 22 pounds, 6 ounces, Sunday to win the FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Cowboy Division Super Tournament on Sam Rayburn Reservoir with a two-day total of 10 bass weighing 45 pounds, 3 ounces. For his victory, Bonds took home $8,595.

“I focused on a couple of structure-based areas near mid-lake points each day of the event,” says Bonds, who earned his first career win in FLW competition. “At my first stop, I got lined up and caught two keepers in two throws on a Texas-rigged Bug Bug-colored Double Z Custom Lures Bull Whip Worm on a Power Tackle Paragon Series rod. After catching four more on the Whip Worm, I had about 18 pounds in the boat.”

Around noon, Bonds says he went to some shallow areas on the main lake and used a Strike King Pop ‘N Perch in haygrass. He says he ended up with approximately 12 keepers by the end of the day.

“On day two I ran between my mid-lake points and was able to piece together a limit,” says Bonds. “At my fifth stop, I caught a 6½-pounder with the Bull Whip. That put me in a good position to win it all.”

The top 10 boaters:

1st:          Jason Bonds, Lufkin, Texas, 10 bass, 45-3, $6,595 + $2,000 Ranger Cup Bonus

2nd:         Albert Collins, Nacogdoches, Texas, 10 bass, 41-2, $3,148

3rd:          Garret Whitley, Quinlan, Texas, 10 bass, 40-0, $2,096

4th:          Clayton Boulware, Zavalla, Texas, 10 bass, 39-14, $1,669

5th:          John Maddox, Lufkin, Texas, 10 bass, 39-0, $1,259

6th:          Phil Marks, Dallas, Texas, 10 bass, 38-7, $1,154

7th:          Keith Hawkins, Missouri City, Texas, 10 bass, 36-2, $1,049

8th:          Charles Dubroc, Hessmer, La., 10 bass, 35-6, $944

9th:          Joshua Guy, Texarkana, Texas, 10 bass, 35-5, $839

10th:        Scotty Villines, Ponca, Ark., 10 bass, 34-2, $834

Complete results can be found at

Bud Pruitt of Houston, Texas, caught a bass weighing 8 pounds even – the biggest of the tournament in the pro division – and earned the Boater Big Bass award of $877.


Co-angler Bill Fussell

Fussell wins co-angler title

Bill Fussell of Thibodaux, Louisiana, won the co-angler division and earned $3,148 with a two-day cumulative catch of 10 bass weighing 30 pounds, 9 ounces.

The top 10 co-anglers:

1st:          Bill Fussell, Thibodaux, La., 10 bass, 30-9, $3,148

2nd:         Jim Fortenberry, Zavalla, Texas, 10 bass, 27-8, $1,574

3rd:          Jace Patterson, Ruston, La., 10 bass, 26-14, $1,050

4th:          Charles Hogg, Haughton, La., 10 bass, 24-8, $734

5th:          Justin Dubois, Deville, La., 10 bass, 22-14, $630

6th:          Jason Chance, Houston, Texas, eight bass, 22-9, $677

7th:          Jerry Riddle, Summit, Miss., 10 bass, 22-8, $525

8th:          Cole Ashby, Bridge City, Texas, eight bass, 22-3, $472

9th:          Kevin Smith, Dayton, Texas, 10 bass, 22-2, $420

10th:        Chad Poulsen, Bossier City, La., nine bass, 21-9, $417

Bobby Liles of Texarkana, Arkansas, caught the biggest bass of the tournament in the co-angler division, a fish weighing 6 pounds, 13 ounces, and earned the Co-angler Big Bass award of $439.

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.

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