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Jones Made Milk-Run on Lake Gaston
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Jones Made Milk-Run on Lake Gaston

Michael Davis of New London, N.C. wins co-angler division
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Raymond Jones III
May 1, 2017 • MLF • Phoenix Bass Fishing League

Raymond Jones III of Statesville, North Carolina, took top honors at the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Piedmont Division tournament on Lake Gaston Saturday after bringing a five-bass limit weighing 16 pounds, 11 ounces to the scale. For his win, Jones pocketed $7,473.

“The Piedmont Division is really strong so I’m very fortunate to come out with a win,” said Jones, who earned his first career-victory in BFL competition. “In practice I was able to find some water that wasn’t clear, but wasn’t completely muddied up either. It was mid-lake, and that’s where I ended up spending my day."

Jones said he lost three solid bass in the morning, but was able to grind out a limit by 10 a.m.

“I had a milk run that we followed until lunchtime,” said Jones. “We’d catch them in that mid-lake stained water and then leave it alone to replenish. I had plenty of bites the rest of the day, but only caught eight keepers.”

Jones said he used a homemade spinnerbait and two soft-plastics to catch his fish.

“The spinnerbait was the reaction bait,” said Jones. “I covered a lot of water with it, and then worked them over with the soft-plastics. It was a one-two punch with the soft-plastics. Sometimes I had to rotate body-style, and their colors, to trigger bites.”

The top 10 boaters finished the tournament in:

               1st:          Raymond Jones III, Statesville, N.C., five bass, 16-11, $5,473 + $2,000 Ranger Cup Bonus

               2nd:         James Blankenship, Siler City, N.C., five bass, 16-10, $2,936

               3rd:          Jeffrey Thomas, Broadway, N.C., five bass, 16-8, $1,756

               4th:          Jerry Davis, Lexington, N.C., five bass, 15-5, $1,230

               5th:          Ryan Harrell, Roanoke Rapids, N.C., five bass, 15-0, $1,155

               6th:          Burley Langford, South Chesterfield, Va., five bass, 14-12, $967

               7th:          Chris Daves, Spring Grove, Va., five bass, 14-4, $879

               8th:          Ryan Powroznik, Prince George, Va., five bass, 14-3, $791

               9th:          Cavin Young, Prince George, Va., five bass, 14-2, $703

               10th:        Josh Wagy, Dewitt, Va., five bass, 13-15, $584

               10th:        Kenny Beale Jr., Blairs, Va., five bass, 13-15, $584

Complete results can be found here.

 

Big Bass

George Lambeth of Thomasville, North Carolina, caught a bass weighing 5 pounds, 12 ounces – the heaviest of the event in the Boater Division – which earned him the day’s Boater Big Bass award of $830.

 

Michael Davis

Co-Angler Winner

Michael Davis of New London, North Carolina, won the Co-angler Division and $2,836 Saturday after bringing a five-bass limit totaling 16 pounds, 7 ounces to the weigh-in stage.

The top 10 co-anglers were:

               1st:          Michael Davis, New London, N.C., five bass, 16-7, $2,836

               2nd:         David Williams, Fredericksburg, Va., five bass, 13-13, $1,318

               3rd:          Donald Talbard, Ringgold, Va., four bass, 9-12, $879

               4th:          Arthur Clark, Cary, N.C., three bass, 9-2, $665

               5th:          Hank Cooke, Emporia, Va., three bass, 9-1, $527

               6th:          Stephen Kocell, Waxhaw, N.C., five bass, 8-14, $483

               7th:          Brian Transon, Sherrills Ford, N.C., four bass, 8-9, $439

               8th:          Lewis Brown, Asheboro, N.C., three bass, 8-7, $395

               9th:          Larry Freeman Jr., La Crosse, Va., three bass, 7-10, $352

               10th:        Chris Teague, Lincolnton, N.C., three bass, 7-8, $308

Complete results can be found here.

Big Bass

Hubert Roman of Lexington, North Carolina, caught the biggest bass among Co-angler Division anglers, a fish weighing 5 pounds, 7 ounces. The catch earned him the day’s Co-angler Big Bass award of $415.


The top 45 boaters and co-anglers in the region based on point standings, along with the five winners in each qualifying event, will be entered in the Oct. 12-14 BFL Regional Championship on the James River in Williamsburg, Virginia. Boaters will compete for a top award of a Ranger Z518C with a 200-horsepower Evinrude outboard and $20,000, while co-anglers will fish for a new Ranger Z518C with a 200-horsepower Evinrude outboard.