Marty Torrence of Crystal Springs, Mississippi, caught a five-bass limit weighing 17 pounds, 15 ounces, Saturday to win the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Mississippi Division event on Pickwick Lake. Torrence pocketed $6,197 for his win.
Torrence started his day fishing rocks on the north end of the lake, not far from the dam. He says he used a Spro deep-diving crankbait to catch five fish, but only managed one good keeper. After the sun came out, he moved on to a new area that produced the bulk of his weight.
“In practice I could see that there were full trees lying flat in the area,” says Torrence, who secured his first career win in BFL competition. “It was overcast and the fish were suspended over them and hard to catch, but when the sun came out on Saturday, the fish were hanging in tighter. The big fish were near the roots in 28 to 30 feet of water, while the smaller ones were shallower near the tree tops.”
“The Keitech is a confidence bait for me – it’s my go to,” says Torrence. “And when I went for the bigger fish down deep I had to rotate in something else that I like. The shaky-head always catches them on Pickwick. The fish may not always be the size you need, but you will catch them.”
Torrence’s limit ended up consisting of three largemouth and two smallmouth, one of which he caught with only 15 minutes left to fish.
The top 10 boaters:
1st: Marty Torrence, Crystal Springs, Miss., five bass, 17-15, $6,197
2nd: Heath Gilmore, Meridian, Miss., five bass, 16-15, $2,798
3rd: Kevin Wright, Waterloo, Ala., five bass, 16-2, $1,733
4th: Christopher Whitehead, Tupelo, Miss., five bass, 15-6, $1,313
5th: Timmy Ming, Louisville, Miss., five bass, 14-10, $1,039
6th: Mark Willins, Collierville, Tenn., five bass, 14-8, $909
6th: Jason Hannah, Forest, Miss., five bass, 14-8, $909
8th: Hunter Utley, Cordova, Tenn., five bass, 14-4, $780
9th: Marshall Stevens, Marietta, Miss., five bass, 14-0, $693
10th: Andrew Schrock, Smithville, Miss., five bass, 13-13, $606
Complete results can be found at FLWFishing.com.
Michael Nichols of Brandon, Mississippi, brought a 5-pound, 2-ounce bass to the scale – the heaviest of the event in the Boater Division – and earned the day’s Boater Big Bass award of $810.
Speaks wins co-angler title
Thomas Speaks of Mooreville, Mississippi, won the Co-angler Division and $2,598 Saturday after catching five bass weighing 19 pounds even.
The top 10 co-anglers:
1st: Thomas Speaks, Mooreville, Miss., five bass, 19-0, $2,598
2nd: Tim Beale, Hernando, Miss., five bass, 17-6, $1,299
3rd: Jim Pierce, Medon, Tenn., five bass, 15-15, $1,065
4th: Larry McNeil, Huntsville, Ala., five bass, 15-3, $606
5th: Clint Horton, Ripley, Miss., five bass, 14-5, $520
6th: Ryan LeCompte, Picayune, Miss., five bass, 12-0, $526
7th: Joe Cornelius, Corinth, Miss., five bass, 10-10, $433
8th: C.J. Holbrook, Smithville, Miss., three bass, 10-5, $390
9th: Austin Navarre, Carriere, Miss., four bass, 9-13, $346
10th: Mike Allen, Crystal Springs, Miss., three bass, 9-11, $303
Jake Steinkuhl of Evansville, Indiana, caught the largest bass in the Co-angler Division weighing in at 6 pounds, 8 ounces. The catch earned him the day’s Co-angler Big Bass award of $405.
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. 18-20 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.