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Lunceford Flipped Bushes to Win on Eufaula

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Phillip Lunceford
David Lansford won the co-anlger division
May 22, 2017 • MLF • Phoenix Bass Fishing League

Boater Phillip Lunceford of Stigler, Oklahoma, weighed a five-bass limit totaling 16 pounds even Saturday to win the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Okie Division event on Lake Eufaula. Lunceford took home $4,830 for his victory.

Lunceford said that all of the fish that he caught Saturday came via flipping bushes. He fished a 5 to 6 mile stretch, starting a mile east of Standing Rock and fishing all the way to Duchess Creek.

“I live on the lake, so I knew that flipping bushes was going to be the main pattern,” Lunceford said. “I only caught nine fish throughout the day, and four of them were not keepers. I actually lost a 3- and a 4-pounder, and I probably should have weighed in 18 or 19 pounds. Luckily my 16 pounds was enough to get it done.”

Lunceford said that he rotated through three different flipping baits throughout the day – a Reaction Innovations Sweet Beaver, a Strike King Rodent and a Gene Larew Salt Craw.

“I worked my way through Duchess all the way up in to Mud Creek,” Lunceford said. “The water was rising, so it eliminated a lot of water that I had wanted to fish. I knew that the fish would be in the bushes, so I just kept my head down and stayed with it.”

The top 10 boaters finished the tournament in:

              1st:          Phillip Lunceford, Stigler, Okla., five bass, 16-0, $4,830

              2nd:         Cade Alsbury, Springdale, Ark., five bass, 15-14, $2,615

              3rd:         Jacob Capps, Muskogee, Okla., five bass, 13-14, $1,709

              4th:         Steven McLarty, Broken Arrow, Okla., five bass, 13-13, $1,127

              5th:         Shonn Goodwin, Moore, Okla., five bass, 13-8, $966

              6th:         Brent Haggard, Gans, Okla., five bass, 12-6, $885

              7th:         Kevin Slate, Choctaw, Okla., five bass, 12-4, $805

              8th:         Travis McKelvey, Jenks, Okla., five bass, 12-3, $724

              9th:         Mike Gilbreath, Vian, Okla., four bass, 12-1, $644

              10th:       Luke Frazier, Owasso, Okla., four bass, 11-12, $563

Complete results can be found here.

Boater big bass award

Allen Rude of Pauls Valley, Oklahoma, caught a 5-pound, 6-ounce bass, which was the heaviest of the tournament in the Boater Division. The catch earned him the day’s Boater Big Bass award of $720.

David Lansford

David Lansford of Muskogee, Oklahoma, weighed in five bass totaling 15 pounds, 10 ounces Saturday to win the Co-angler Division and the top prize of $2,415.

The top 10 co-anglers were:

              1st:          David Lansford, Muskogee, Okla., five bass, 15-10, $2,415

              2nd:         Damon Duncan, Kansas, Okla., five bass, 13-5, $1,207

              3rd:         Darin Comstock, Denison, Texas, three bass, 10-15, $806

              4th:         Bobby Call, Wagoner, Okla., four bass, 10-0, $563

              5th:         Kurt Gordon, Cushing, Okla., three bass, 9-14, $483

              6th:         Sheldon Vinson, Fayetteville, Ark., five bass, 9-11, $443

              7th:         Brandon Ackerson, Afton, Okla., five bass, 9-1, $402

              8th:         Randy Choate, Ada, Okla., three bass, 8-6, $362

              9th:         Nathan Colwell, Pryor, Okla., two bass, 8-1, $422

              10th:       Jerry Evans, Pottsboro, Texas, three bass, 7-11, $282

Complete results can be found here.

Co-angler big bass award

Brandon Beaver of Durant, Oklahoma, weighed a 5-pound, 12-ounce bass which earned him the day’s Co-angler Big Bass award and $360.

The T-H Marine BFL at Lake Eufaula was hosted by the City of McAlester.

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. 19-21 BFL Regional Championship on the Red River in Shreveport, Louisiana. 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.