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Bissonett Rotated Spots for the Win

Sall lands co-angler title on Ohio River
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Clint Bissonett
August 22, 2017 • MLF • Archives

Clint Bissonett of Beavercreek, Ohio, caught five bass weighing 8 pounds, 4 ounces, Saturday to win the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Buckeye Division tournament on the Ohio River. For his efforts, Bissonett took home $3,918.


“I stayed within four or five miles of the takeoff ramp to catch my fish,” says Bissonett, who earned his second career-win in BFL competition – both on the Ohio River. “I bounced between two or three creeks that had gotten me bites in practice, and ended up fishing each three or four times during the tournament. If I caught anything during a pass, I’d let the area replenish.”


Bissonett says his initial catches were shallow, in less than 2 feet of water, and that his key bait was a Texas-rigged dark-colored Zoom Z-Craw.


“The biggest factor for me was keeping track of the water level,” says Bissonett. “Each time I rotated through the creeks, I noticed that the water was getting higher. After it was up more than 8 inches, I knew I would be able to fish a new spot – a place that was normally too shallow for me to get to. I ran to the area at about 2:30 (p.m.) and caught two 2-pounders with only minutes left to fish.”


The top 10 boaters:


1st:          Clint Bissonett, Beavercreek, Ohio, five bass, 8-4, $3,918


2nd:         Ron Hiles, Piketon, Ohio, five bass, 7-8, $1,548


2rd:         Jim Vitaro, Wooster, Ohio, five bass, 7-8, $1,848


4th:          Bob Robinson, Lebanon, Ohio, five bass, 6-13, $805


4th:          Cody Seeger, Lewistown, Ohio, five bass, 6-13, $905


6th:          Keith Wheelock, Springboro, Ohio, five bass, 6-11, $682


7th:          David Spivey, Hamilton, Ohio, five bass, 6-10, $620


8th:          Kyle Weisenburger, Ottawa, Ohio, five bass, 6-8, $558


9th:          Mike Pickett, Brandenburg, Ky., four bass, 6-7, $496


10th:        Josh Smith, Hamilton, Ohio, five bass, 6-5, $434


Complete results can be found at  


John Wayne Cole of Hamersville, Ohio, caught a bass weighing 3 pounds, 7 ounces – the heaviest of the event in the Boater Division. The catch earned him the day’s Boater Big Bass award of $485.


Co-angler Jeremiah Sall


Sall wins co-angler title


Jeremiah Sall of Wintersville, Ohio, caught four bass weighing 8 pounds even to win the Co-angler Division and $2,080.


The top 10 co-anglers:


1st:          Jeremiah Sall, Wintersville, Ohio, four bass, 8-0, $2,080


2nd:         Alfie Bricker, West Portsmouth, Ohio, five bass, 6-10, $1,120


3rd:          Kenny Mitchell, Franklin, Ohio, five bass, 6-6, $612


4th:          Brian Short, Oxford, Ohio, five bass, 6-1, $479


5th:          Colton Lindsey, Raymond, Ohio, four bass, 5-10, $368


6th:          Brent Jones, Okeana, Ohio, three bass, 4-15, $337


7th:          Tyler Waller, Coal Grove, Ohio, three bass, 4-12, $307


8th:          Gary Hoffman, Stoutsville, Ohio, three bass, 4-9, $276


9th:          Ryan Sykes, Hamilton, Ohio, three bass, 4-8, $245


10th:        Mark Wedan, Freetown, Ind., two bass, 4-4, $215


Sall also caught the largest bass in the Co-angler Division – a fish weighing 4 pounds, 5 ounces – and earned the day’s Co-angler Big Bass award of $240.


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 Barren River in Scottsville, Kentucky. 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.