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O’Donnell by Ounces on Barren River

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Casey O'Donnell Angler: Casey O'Donnell.
Hill lands Mountain Division co-angler title
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.