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Faucett by an Ounce on Arkansas River

Hemphill nets co-angler title in Okie Division event
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Eric Faucett Angler: Eric Faucett.
May 7, 2018 • MLF • Phoenix Bass Fishing League

Eric Faucett of Norman, Oklahoma, caught five bass Saturday weighing 15 pounds, 7 ounces, to win the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Okie Division tournament on the Arkansas River. For his efforts, Faucett pocketed $6,019.

“I worked through shallow flats in Kerr Reservoir that had scattered cover – stumps, grass, laydowns – a lot of different stuff,” says Faucett, who earned his first career win in FLW competition. “There were eight other boats in there, and I ended up fishing behind them.”

Faucett says two of his fish came on a 3/8-ounce chartreuse and white-colored War Eagle spinnerbait with a gold willow-leaf blade and a red Colorado kicker blade, noting that they were two of his more quality bites. Of the other three bass that filled his limit, one came on a black Booyah Poppin’ Pad Crasher Frog and the other two came on a black Stanley Top Toad.

“The reason I switched to the Top Toad was because the fishing slowed down and I wanted to give them something they had to react to,” says Faucett. “I threw it on a high-speed Quantum S3 Tour reel with 7-to-1 ratio. The high-speed reel gave them as little time as possible to think about it.”

Faucett says he caught around 30 fish throughout the day.

“They loved the frogs – after a while it was about sifting through the keepers,” said Faucett.


The top 10 boaters:

1st:          Eric Faucett, Norman, Okla., five bass, 15-7, $6,019

2nd:         Billy Hardin, Tuttle, Okla., five bass, 15-6, $2,860

3rd:          Joe Erwin, Cleora, Okla., five bass, 14-12, $1,837

4th:          Dale Hightower, Mannford, Okla., five bass, 14-0, $1,288

5th:          John Shore, Owasso, Okla., five bass, 13-12, $1,104

6th:          Jeff Dobson, Bartlesville, Okla., five bass, 13-9, $1,012

7th:          Mark Johnson, Weleetka, Okla., five bass, 12-10, $920

8th:          Jeff Peterson, Pryor, Okla., five bass, 12-6, $828

9th:          Jason Beem, Gravette, Ark., four bass, 12-1, $736

10th:        Jay Nyce, Rogers, Ark., five bass, 12-0, $644

Complete results can be found at FLWFishing.com.

Jason Sandidge of Centerton, Arkansas, brought a 5-pound, 12-ounce bass to the scale – the heaviest of the event in the Boater Division – and earned the day’s Boater Big Bass award of $885.


Hemphill wins co-angler title

Aaron Hemphill of Tulsa, Oklahoma, won the Co-angler Division and $2,960 Saturday after catching five bass weighing 11 pounds, 8 ounces.


The top 10 co-anglers:

1st:          Aaron Hemphill, Tulsa, Okla., five bass, 11-8, $2,960

2nd:         Stephen Delgado, Lee’s Summit, Mo., three bass, 9-11, $1,430

3rd:          Nathan Christie, Claremore, Okla., three bass, 9-3, $918

4th:          Chase Williams, Riverton, Kan., four bass, 9-1, $644

5th:          Shane McGlothlin, Anadarko, Okla., four bass, 8-11, $552

6th:          Keith Baucom, Oklahoma City, Okla., four bass, 7-15, $506

7th:          Darrin Allen, Mounds, Okla., three bass, 7-14, $460

8th:          Lang Yang, Miami, Okla., three bass, 7-12, $635

9th:          Jacob Girty, Porum, Okla., three bass, 7-3, $368

10th:        Darin Comstock, Denison, Texas, three bass, 6-13, $322

Wyatt Asbill of Gans, Oklahoma, caught the largest bass in the Co-angler Division weighing in at 4 pounds, 5 ounces. The catch earned him the day’s Co-angler Big Bass award of $221.

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. 25-27 BFL Regional Championship on the Lake of the Ozarks in Osage Beach, Missouri. 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.