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Floyd Runs Away in LBL Super Tournament

Dowell top co-angler in two-day Kentucky Lake event
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September 11, 2017 • MLF • Archives

Cole Floyd of Leesburg, Ohio, won the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) LBL Division tournament on Kentucky and Barkley lakes Sunday with a two-day cumulative catch of 10 bass weighing 40 pounds, 10 ounces. For his efforts, Floyd took home $5,504.


“I fished near Paris and worked through 15 different areas with bars and flats,” says Floyd, who earned his first career-victory in FLW competition. “Some of them had stumps and wood mixed in, and I got a couple of bites at each. When I got bit, they were the right kind of fish.”


Floyd says he caught 90 to 95 percent of his fish throwing a bone-colored Evergreen SB 125. He says he put 15 keepers in the boat each day, and that they came from 1 to 2 feet of water.


“I feel like a lot of the field did the same thing out there,” says Floyd. “They fished flats and big bass areas, but didn’t know where their next bite would come from. I put down my Power-Poles and fished small stretches – some were even as small as 20 by 20 feet. If I didn’t get a bite, I moved on and could usually get something going. I didn’t waste much time looking for them.”


The top 10 boaters:


1st:          Cole Floyd, Leesburg, Ohio, 10 bass, 40-10, $5,504


2nd:         Drew Boggs, Lebanon, Tenn., 10 bass, 32-1, $2,752


3rd:          Terry Bolton, Paducah, Ky., 10 bass, 31-2, $3,040


4th:          Brandon Hunter, Benton, Ky., six bass, 22-9, $1,384


5th:          Dwight Fox, Gainesboro, Tenn., seven bass, 21-4, $1,101


6th:          Dustin Vaal, Hardin, Ky., five bass, 20-15, $1,009


7th:          John Hopkins, Hendersonville, Tenn., six bass, 20-1, $917


8th:          Craig Hipsher, Benton, Ky., seven bass, 20-0, $826


9th:          David Carroll, Manitou, Ky., seven bass, 19-12, $734


10th:        Jim Eakin, Clarksville, Tenn., seven bass, 19-0, $642


Complete results can be found at FLWFishing.com.  


Bolton caught a bass weighing 5 pounds, 11 ounces – the heaviest of the event in the Boater Division. The catch earned him the Boater Big Bass award of $705.



Co-angler Ryan Dowell


Dowell wins co-angler title


Ryan Dowell of Brandenburg, Kentucky, caught a two-day total of eight bass weighing 22 pounds, 12 ounces, to win the Co-angler Division and $2,752.


The top 10 co-anglers:


1st:          Ryan Dowell, Brandenburg, Ky., eight bass, 22-12, $2,752


2nd:         Jeff Johnston, Nashville, Tenn., six bass, 16-10, $1,576


3rd:          Ray Arning Jr, Walnut Hill, Ill., four bass, 12-8, $968


4th:          Chris Brunt, Elkhart, Ind., four bass, 12-7, $642


5th:          Trey Shearer, Nicholasville, Ky., five bass, 12-4, $550


6th:          Wesley Dunn, Paducah, Ky., three bass, 11-10, $857


7th:          Chuck Rounds, Benton, Ky., four bass, 9-2, $459


8th:          Rick Lemar, Saint Louis, Mo., four bass, 8-6, $413


9th:          Kerry Conkle, Bartlett, Tenn., two bass, 8-6, $367


10th:        Danny Robinson, Fairland, Ind., three bass, 8-3, $321


Dunn caught the largest bass in the Co-angler Division – a fish weighing 6 pounds, 6 ounces – and earned the Co-angler Big Bass award of $352.


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.