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Bissonett Rotated Spots for the Win

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Clint Bissonett
Sall lands co-angler title on Ohio River
August 22, 2017 • MLF • Phoenix Bass Fishing League

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 FLWFishing.com.  

 

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.