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O’Donnell by Ounces on Barren River

Hill lands Mountain Division co-angler title
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Casey O'Donnell Angler: Casey O'Donnell.
September 25, 2017 • MLF • Phoenix Bass Fishing League

Casey O’Donnell of Langston, Alabama, won the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Mountain Division tournament on the Barren River Sunday with a two-day cumulative catch of 10 bass weighing 23 pounds, 15 ounces. O’Donnell pocketed $5,082 for his efforts.


O’Donnell says he spent the majority of the tournament working through one area on the south end of the river.


“I fished the ends of channel swing banks, anywhere from 2½ to 5 feet of water, and caught them from laydowns and stumps,” says O’Donnell, a former FLW Tour co-angler who notched his first career win as a boater in BFL competition. “I run an aluminum Ranger boat, so it’s not as fast as some of the others out there but it’s more efficient up shallow.”


O’Donnell notes that nine of his 10 fish came flipping a ½-ounce Gambler Jigzilla with a green-pumpkin-colored Strike King Twin Tail Menace Grub trailer. He said he caught his heaviest bass Saturday using an albino-colored Spro Dean Rojas Bronzeye Poppin’ Frog.


The top 10 boaters:


1st:          Casey O'Donnell, Langston, Ala., 10 bass, 23-15, $5,082


2nd:         Ryan Davidson, Branchland, W. Va., nine bass, 23-12, $2,541


3rd:          Daniel Johnson, Lebanon, Tenn., eight bass, 21-7, $1,625


4th:          Taylor Stumbo, Prestonsburg, Ky., seven bass, 18-15, $1,139


5th:          Jerry Reagan, Byrdstown, Tenn., nine bass, 18-13, $976


6th:          Charles Morrison, Georgetown, Ky., eight bass, 17-0, $895


7th:          Joe Haunert, West Chester, Ohio, eight bass, 16-6, $814


8th:          Brent Anderson, Kingston Springs, Tenn., seven bass, 15-5, $732


9th:          Jason Bean, Scottsville, Ky., six bass, 15-3, $651


10th:        Barry Smith, Catlettsburg, Ky., seven bass, 13-15, $570


Complete results can be found at FLWFishing.com.  


J.J. Dean of Huntington, West Virginia, caught a 4-pound, 8-ounce bass – the heaviest of the event in the Boater Division – and earned the Boater Big Bass award of $600.


Co-angler Chad Hill


Hill wins co-angler title


Chad Hill of Marion, Illinois, caught a two-day total of nine bass weighing 19 pounds, 15 ounces, to win the Co-angler Division and $2,441.


The top 10 co-anglers:


1st:          Chad Hill, Marion, Ill., nine bass, 19-15, $2,441


2nd:         Alex Straubing, Cincinnati, Ohio, eight bass, 15-5, $1,320


3rd:          Ralph Feldman, Lancaster, Ky., six bass, 12-3, $814


4th:          Colton Smith, Somerset, Ky., six bass, 11-3, $620


5th:          Bob Wiles, Huntington, W. Va., five bass, 10-14, $488


6th:          Danell McKinney, West Liberty, Ky., five bass, 9-9, $447


7th:          Jared Rudd, Salyersville, Ky., five bass, 9-9, $407


8th:          Lucas Devere, Berea, Ky., four bass, 8-11, $366


9th:          Raymond Manis, Jamestown, Tenn., four bass, 8-10, $325


10th:        Chris O'Bryan, Harned, Ky., four bass, 8-9, $285


Cole McCourt of Lawrenceburg, Kentucky, caught the largest bass in the Co-angler Division – a fish weighing 3 pounds, 7 ounces – and earned the Co-angler Big Bass award of $300.


The T-H Marine FLW BFL Mountain Division tournament on the Barren River was hosted by the Glasgow-Barren County Tourist & Convention Commission.


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. 5-7 BFL Regional Championship on Kentucky Lake in Gilbertsville, 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.