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Hatfield Prevails in Buckeye Super Tournament

Short wins co-angler title on Lake Erie
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Steve Hatfield
September 12, 2016 • MLF • Archives

Steve Hatfield of Ashland, Ohio, weighed four bass totaling 11 pounds, 3 ounces, Sunday to win the FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Buckeye Division Super Tournament on Lake Erie, with a two-day total of nine bass weighing 26 pounds even. Hatfield took home $5,077 for his win.

“On day one I worked an area on the south side of Sandusky Bay that I wanted to burn through before the wind switched out of the northwest on Sunday,” says Hatfield, who earned his first career FLW win. “I was afraid the wind would ruin it, so I got everything I could out of it.”

Hatfield concentrated on riprap, occasionally throwing his lure to small pieces of wood.

“I pitched a green-pumpkin Big Bite Baits Salt Tube to the wood when the sun got up high,” says Hatfield. “Around 1:30 p.m., I switched to a Green Gizzard-colored Strike King KVD 1.5 Square Bill Crankbait and they loved it. I culled three or four times before heading in.”

On day two, Hatfield says the northwest wind forced him to switch patterns.

“I think the bass were shallower on day two because of the wind,” says Hatfield. “I hit riprap on points near the entrance of Sandusky Bay using a white Z-Man ChatterBait. At my second stop, I caught a 3-pounder on a green-pumpkin All-Terrain Tackle Football Head Jig.”

Hatfield finished out his final day on the water by returning to his area from day one, and catching four keepers using the Big Bite Baits Tube.

The top 10 boaters:

1st:          Steve Hatfield, Ashland, Ohio, nine bass, 26-0, $5,077

2nd:         Cody Seeger, Lewistown, Ohio, 10 bass, 25-4, $2,739

3rd:          Charles Willis, Dayton, Ohio, 10 bass, 24-7, $1,794

4th:          Brandon Cline, Portsmouth, Ohio, eight bass, 21-6, $1,185

5th:          Josh Smith, Hamilton, Ohio, nine bass, 20-15, $1,015

6th:          John Terry, Lexington, Ohio, seven bass, 20-6, $931

7th:          James Hailstones, Cincinnati, Ohio, eight bass, 19-7, $846

8th:          Ronald Nutter, Newark, Ohio, eight bass, 18-12, $762

9th:          Jay Ellis, Celina, Ohio, seven bass, 17-13, $677

10th:        Jim Vitaro, Wooster, Ohio, seven bass, 16-5, $892

Complete results can be found at FLWFishing.com.

Neal Ramsey of Harrison, Ohio, caught a bass weighing 4 pounds, 4 ounces – the biggest of the tournament in the pro division – and earned the Boater Big Bass award of $637.


Co-angler Brian Short

Short takes co-angler title

Brian Short of Oxford, Ohio, won the co-angler division and earned $2,539 with a two-day cumulative catch of nine bass weighing 25 pounds, 1 ounce.

The top 10 co-anglers:

1st:          Brian Short, Oxford, Ohio, nine bass, 25-1, $2,539

2nd:         Ryan Sykes, Hamilton, Ohio, nine bass, 22-6, $1,469

3rd:          Brent Jones, Okeana, Ohio, seven bass, 16-13, $896

4th:          J.R. Selke, Waynesville, Ohio, six bass, 16-7, $592

5th:          Riley Yon, Bellbrook, Ohio, six bass, 15-5, $508

6th:          Brett Warrick, Westerville, Ohio, six bass, 13-6, $465

7th:          Kenny Mitchell, Franklin, Ohio, five bass, 12-10, $423

8th:          Jarrett Zieber, Clyde, Ohio, five bass, 11-8, $381

9th:          James Davenport, New Carlisle, Ohio, five bass, 10-10, $339

10th:        Don Ward, Loveland, Ohio, four bass, 10-9, $296

Rob Plummer of Waynesville, Ohio, caught the biggest bass of the tournament in the co-angler division, a fish weighing 4 pounds, 7 ounces, and earned the Co-angler Big Bass award of $319.

The top 50 boaters and 50 co-anglers based on point standings will qualify for the Oct. 13-15 Regional Championship on Kentucky Lake in Gilbertsville, Kentucky. 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.