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Co-angler Gunter wins Gator Division Super Tournament
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Robert Crosnoe
September 20, 2016 • MLF • Phoenix Bass Fishing League

Robert Crosnoe of Inverness, Florida, weighed a five-bass limit totaling 19 pounds, 9 ounces, Sunday to win the FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Gator Division Super Tournament on Lake Okeechobee, with a two-day total of 10 bass weighing 43 pounds, 13 ounces. For his win, Crosnoe took home $8,254.

“I caught all of my fish flipping a Hematoma-colored Reaction Innovations Kinky Beaver,” says Crosnoe, who earned his third career BFL win as a boater in FLW competition. “I had it rigged with a 1½-ounce tungsten weight on a 7’8” Fitzgerald Titan HD rod. I was also using PermaLine Braid Paint from Fitzgerald Fishing. I was painting my braid from the hook to 4 feet up the line, camouflaging my line. I believe the Braid Paint was the difference maker.”

Crosnoe flipped super heavy cover in several areas at the very back of Harney Pond. He estimated that he caught around 40 fish throughout the two-day event but only one area produced his bigger fish. Crosnoe caught four 7-pounders from the same spot.

“I caught two 7-pounders on Saturday and two more on Sunday,” Crosnoe says. “It was a ¼-mile stretch of the muddiest, slimiest, deadest water that you could find. There was some hyacinth that had recently been sprayed and was blown in. The bluegill were popping in the hyacinth and the big bass were there eating the bluegill.”

The top 10 boaters:

1st:           Robert Crosnoe, Inverness, Fla., 10 bass, 43-13, $8,254

2nd:          George Kapiton, Inverness, Fla., 10 bass, 37-9, $3,627

3rd:          Fred George, Okeechobee, Fla., 10 bass, 36-5, $2,417

4th:           Kyle Monti, Okeechobee, Fla., 10 bass, 36-4, $1,693

5th:           Mason Boylan, Melbourne, Fla., 10 bass, 34-1, $1,451

6th:           Gary Milicevic, Labelle, Fla., 10 bass, 33-13, $2,625

7th:           Tony Bennett, Fort Lauderdale, Fla., 10 bass, 32-12, $1,209

8th:           Brian Divito, Saint Petersburg, Fla., 10 bass, 32-6, $1,188

9th:           Cedric Perry, Cross City, Fla., 10 bass, 31-7, $967

10th:        Jared McMillan, Belle Glade, Fla., 10 bass, 31-7, $1,146

Complete results can be found at FLWFishing.com

Milicevic caught a bass weighing 8 pounds, 5 ounces – the biggest of the tournament in the pro division – and earned the Boater Big Bass award of $1,095.

 

Co-angler Rick Gunter

Gunter wins co-angler title

Rick Gunter of New Smyrna Beach, Florida, won the co-angler division and earned $3,627 with a two-day cumulative catch of 10 bass weighing 25 pounds, 14 ounces.

The top 10 co-anglers:

1st:           Rick Gunter, New Smyrna Beach, Fla., 10 bass, 25-14, $3,627

2nd:          Greg Hervey, Cape Coral, Fla., 10 bass, 25-7, $2,013

3rd:          Charles Kilgore, Cape Canaveral, Fla., 10 bass, 23-11, $1,209

4th:           Kevin Bermejo, Altamonte Springs, Fla., 10 bass, 23-4, $846

5th:           Nik Kayler, Apopka, Fla., 10 bass, 22-14, $775

6th:           Adam Trieschmann, Wellington, Fla., eight bass, 22-8, $665

7th:           David DiMauro, Longwood, Fla., 10 bass, 22-0, $604

8th:           Jackie Barber, Cocoa, Fla., 10 bass, 21-8, $544

9th:           Robert Lauffer, Clermont, Fla., eight bass, 20-15, $1,031

10th:        Kyle Stafford, Lakeland, Fla., 10 bass, 20-11, $423

Lauffer caught the biggest bass of the tournament in the co-angler division, a fish weighing 7 pounds, 11 ounces, and earned the Co-angler Big Bass award of $547.

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