Local boater Shannon Denson of Brandon, Mississippi, brought a five-bass limit to the scale weighing 21 pounds, 1 ounce Saturday to win the 2018 T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Mississippi Division event at Ross Barnett Reservoir presented by Navionics. For his victory, Denson earned $7,610.
According to post-tournament reports, Denson caught his fish on shallow structure in the main lake with a silver and black-colored Rapala DT6 crankbait.
Top 10 boaters
1st: Shannon Denson, Brandon, Miss., five bass, 21-1, $5,610 + $2,000 Ranger Cup Bonus
2nd: Danny Walden, Columbus, Miss., five bass, 19-6, $2,305
3rd: Brandon Wilcher, Canton, Miss., five bass, 18-11, $1,736
4th: Eddie Borne, Brandon, Miss., five bass, 18-4, $1,076
5th: Wayne Blalock, Liberty, Miss., five bass, 18-3, $922
6th: Corey Sullivan, Brandon, Miss., five bass, 18-1, $845
7th: Taurian Parks, Yazoo City, Miss., five bass, 18-0, $768
8th: Philip Atkins, Columbus, Miss., five bass, 16-8, $791
9th: Ray King, Brandon, Miss., five bass, 16-7, $615
10th: William McKay Jr., Brandon Miss., five bass, 16-4, $1,208
McKay Jr. caught a bass weighing 6 pounds, 9 ounces – the heaviest of the event in the Boater Division – to earn the Boater’s Big Bass award of $670.
Gilmore pops 20+
Randall Gilmore of Brandon, Mississippi, won the Co-angler Division Saturday after catching five bass weighing 20 pounds, 5 ounces. Johnson earned $2,405 for his victory.
Top 10 co-anglers
1st: Randall Gilmore, Brandon, Miss., five bass, 20-5, $2,405
2nd: Dwayne Brumfield, Brookhaven, Miss., five bass, 17-9, $1,487
3rd: Cameron Petras, Gulfport, Miss., five bass, 15-8, $768
4th: John Breeden, Brandon, Miss., five bass, 14-6, $538
5th: Jesse Belk, Union, Miss., five bass, 14-5, $461
6th: Ray Higginbotham, Brooksville, Miss., five bass, 14-2, $473
7th: Joshua Shinault, Baldwyn, Miss., five bass, 13-13, $384
8th: Mitchell Bond, Collins, Miss., five bass, 13-2, $346
9th: Bobby Bullock, Florence, Miss., five bass, 12-15, $307
10th: Joshua Harris, Jackson, Miss., five bass, 12-12, $269
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 and Barkley lakes 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.