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Graham Dominates the Barren River

Clark wins co-angler title in Mountain Super Tournament
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Brett Graham
September 12, 2016 • MLF • Archives

Brett Graham of Cold Spring, Kentucky, weighed a five-bass limit totaling 16 pounds, 6 ounces, Sunday to win the FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Mountain Division Super Tournament on the Barren River with a two-day total of 10 bass weighing 31 pounds, 5 ounces. Graham earned $8,211 for his efforts.

“I went into this tournament wanting to target shallow fish,” says Graham, who earned his second win in FLW competition. “It can be tough to find them deep this time of year.

“On Saturday, I went into a creek on the north end of the lake that I had found in practice,” Graham continues. “There was a small area holding fish. I used a white buzzbait and flipped Texas-rigged soft-plastic craws into wood, logjams and laydowns. I had a limit by 9:30 a.m. I spent the rest of the day in that sweet spot trying to cull.

“On day two I returned to the creek and worked my way back there,” says Graham. “I caught three keepers in five minutes using the same Texas-rigged craws from Saturday. I lost a 4-pounder mid-morning, but I knew there was enough good bass in there to grind out another limit. We worked the entire area over.”

Around 10:30 a.m., Graham went to the very end of his spot and caught a fish nearing 5 pounds.

“At that point, I thought I had a good chance to win,” says Graham. “I was lucky to have my fish cooperate with me for two days in a row.”

The top 10 boaters:

1st:          Brett Graham, Cold Spring, Ky., 10 bass, 31-5, $6,211 + $2,000 Ranger Cup Bonus

2nd:         Randall Christopher, Irvine, Ky., 10 bass, 25-14, $2,664

3rd:          John Daniel, Bowling Green, Ky., 10 bass, 21-9, $1,777

4th:          Charles Morrison, Georgetown, Ky., 10 bass, 21-1, $1,243

5th:          Adam Wagner, Cookeville, Tenn., nine bass,   19-1, $1,166

6th:          Michael Blanton, Richmond, Ky., nine bass, 18-1, $977

7th:          Robert Reagan, Byrdstown, Tenn., eight bass, 17-12, $888

8th:          Michael Bean, Bowling Green, Ky., six bass,   16-11, $799

9th:          Tom Hill, Lexington, Ky., six bass, 15-15, $710

10th:        Ryan Davidson, Branchland, W. Va., nine bass, 15-4, $622         

Complete results can be found at

Graham also caught the largest bass of the tournament, weighing 5 pounds, 3 ounces, and earned the Boater Big Bass award of $682.


Co-angler Brent Clark

Clark wins co-angler title

Brent Clark of Bowling Green, Kentucky, won the co-angler division and earned $2,664 with a two-day cumulative catch of nine bass weighing 22 pounds, 8 ounces.

The top 10 co-anglers:

1st:          Brent Clark, Bowling Green, Ky., nine bass, 22-8, $2,664

2nd:         Drew Campbell, Cookeville, Tenn., eight bass, 16-5, $1,332

3rd:          Cody Loveless, Somerset, Ky., six bass, 14-15, $889

4th:          Josh Boone, London, Ky., six bass, 14-9, $722

5th:          Bart Vaughn, Lexington, Ky., five bass, 11-10, $533

6th:          Levi Neathery, Albany, Ky., three bass, 8-12, $488

7th:          Bryan Drury, Lexington, Ky., three bass, 7-13, $785

8th:          Andrew Haunert, Batavia, Ohio, four bass, 7-8, $450

9th:          Brenton Clemons, Somerset, Ky., five bass, 7-8, $355

10th:        Tyler Sheffield, Dry Ridge, Ky., three bass, 7-5, $311

Drury caught the biggest bass of the tournament in the co-angler division, a fish weighing 5 pounds, 6 ounces, and earned the Co-angler Big Bass award of $341.

The top 50 boaters and 50 co-anglers based on point standings will qualify for the Sept. 29 – Oct. 1 Regional Championship on Lake Chickamauga in Dayton, Tennessee. 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.