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McClure Works Barkley for Win

Pillow takes co-angler title in LBL Division event
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Brad McClure
June 18, 2018 • MLF • Phoenix Bass Fishing League

Brad McClure of Brentwood, Tennessee, brought five bass to the scale Saturday weighing 23 pounds, 14 ounces, to win the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) LBL Division tournament on Kentucky and Barkley lakes. For his efforts, McClure took home $4,963.

“I caught them on deep brush piles, 12 to 17 feet down,” says McClure, who earned his first career win in FLW competition. “I was on Lake Barkley, and used a plum-colored Zoom Ol’ Monster Worm.”

McClure says he caught 11 of his 12 keepers from a mid-lake area that contained several brush piles. One pile ended up producing three of his largest fish, and that he caught everything he weighed in between 8:30 and 9:10 a.m.

“I think finding the fish in that one spot with my Lowrance unit was key for me,” says McClure. “They were stacked because of the brush piles, stumps and baitfish. I put waypoints down for the individual brush piles and then used my MinnKota Ultrex Spot Lock feature to keep me stationary so I could make the same casts over and over to the piles.”

McClure says his worm was Texas-rigged with a 3/8-ounce Strike King Tour Grade Tungsten weight on a 4/0 Bass Pro Shops XPS Round Bend Offset Hook and 15-pound-test Berkley Big Game line. He threw it on a 7-foot, 6-inch Abu Garcia Vendetta medium-heavy casting rod and Pflueger Supreme baitcasting reel.


The top 10 boaters:

1st:          Brad McClure, Brentwood, Tenn., five bass, 23-14, $4,963

2nd:         Cole Floyd, Leesburg, Ohio, five bass, 19-15, $2,181

3rd:          Chris Beaudrie, Princeton, Ky., five bass, 18-6, $1,422

4th:          Jordan Hartman, Murray, Ky., five bass, 17-8, $925

5th:          Larry Bailey, Paducah, Ky., five bass, 17-1, $793

6th:          Jim Eakin, Clarksville, Tenn., four bass, 16-13, $1,027

7th:          Nick Uebelhor, Jasper, Ind., five bass, 16-11, $660

8th:          Josh Malone, Alma, Ill., five bass, 15-10, $594

9th:          Stephen Barga, Benton, Ky., five bass, 15-6, $528

10th:        Tim Collier, Paducah, Ky., five bass, 15-3, $462

Complete results can be found at

Arby Tevault of Elberfield, Indiana, brought a 6-pound, 5-ounce bass to the scale – the heaviest of the event in the Boater Division – and earned the day’s Boater Big Bass award of $535.


Pillow wins co-angler title

Robert Pillow of Campbellsville, Kentucky, won the Co-angler Division and $1,981 Saturday after catching five bass weighing 15 pounds, 2 ounces.


The top 10 co-anglers:

1st:          Robert Pillow, Campbellsville, Ky., five bass, 15-2, $1,981

2nd:         Greg Henry, Hixson, Tenn., five bass, 14-6, $991

3rd:          Spencer Childers, Jasper, Ga., four bass, 13-12, $662

4th:          Jake Steinkuhl, Evansville, Ind., four bass, 12-0, $562

5th:          Roger Richardson, Belleville, Ill., two bass, 11-6, $663

6th:          Wendy Kmucha, Harrisburg, Ill., four bass, 10-13, $363

7th:          Luke Lamb, Nicholasville, Ky., four bass, 10-0, $330

8th:          Thomas White, Iron City, Tenn., three bass, 9-15, $347

9th:          Danny Robinson, Fairland, Ind., three bass, 9-2, $264

10th:        Chuck Rounds, Benton, Ky., two bass, 8-2, $231

Richardson caught the largest bass in the Co-angler Division weighing in at 6 pounds, 7 ounces. The catch earned him the day’s Co-angler Big Bass award of $267.

The T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) LBL Division tournament on Kentucky and Barkley lakes was hosted by the Kentucky Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau.

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 Lake Chickamauga in Dayton, Tennessee. 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.