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Suggs Cracks 24-6 on Barkley

Bucy takes co-angler title
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Andrew Suggs
July 16, 2018 • MLF • Phoenix Bass Fishing League

Andrew Suggs of Cunningham, Tennessee, caught five bass weighing 24 pounds, 6 ounces, to win Saturday’s T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) LBL Division tournament on Kentucky and Barkley lakes. For his win, Suggs took home $3,945.

Suggs says he fished the mid-section of Lake Barkley, catching every fish he weighed on a ½-ounce black and blue-colored Strike King Denny Brauer Structure Jig with a Strike King Rage Tail Craw trailer of the same color.

“I found some areas a few weeks ago with my Lowrance unit using the Structure Scan feature and found isolated brush piles on the tops of ledges,” says Suggs, who earned his first career win in FLW competition. “I fished ledges all day and the brush piles produced my biggest fish. I didn’t really catch many fish from one single area. I had to move around from ledge to ledge.

“It started out slow. I didn’t have a limit until almost 1 p.m.,” Suggs continues. “I think when the sun got up it concentrated them closer to the brush piles and that’s why they produced.”

Suggs caught the largest fish of the event – a 6-pound, 3-ouncer – around 11:30 a.m.

“I ended up catching seven keepers total, culling twice in the last hour,” says Suggs.

 

The top 10 boaters:

1st:          Andrew Suggs, Cunningham, Tenn., five bass, 24-6, $3,945

2nd:         Thomas Sandefur , Kuttawa, Ky., five bass, 20-3, $1,753

3rd:          Joe White, Princeton, Ky., five bass, 18-1, $1,169

4th:          Cole Floyd, Leesburg, Ohio, five bass, 16-7, $1,018

5th:          Tommy Williams, Shepherdsville, Ky., five bass, 14-3, $701

6th:          Cody Santel, Benton, Ky., five bass, 14-0, $643

7th:          Daniel Langton, Haubstadt, Ind., four bass, 12-15, $584

8th:          Dan Morehead, Paducah, Ky., three bass, 10-15, $896

8th:          John Hopkins, Hendersonville, Tenn., three bass, 10-15, $596

10th:        Phillip Brinegar, Lexington, Ky., three bass, 10-10, $409

Complete results can be found at FLWFishing.com.

Suggs’ 6-pound, 3-ounce bass also earned him the day’s Boater Big Bass award of $440.

 

Bucy wins co-angler title

Kenneth Bucy of Murray, Kentucky, won the Co-angler Division and $1,773 Saturday after catching four bass weighing 14 pounds, 9 ounces.

 

The top 10 co-anglers:

1st:          Kenneth Bucy, Murray, Ky., four bass, 14-9, $1,773

2nd:         Ryan Kirkpatrick, Benton, Ky., three bass, 10-14, $986

3rd:          Douglas Salzman, Newburgh, Ind., three bass, 9-15, $591

4th:          Nathan Steele, Benton, Ky., three bass, 8-12, $414

5th:          Dick Brown, Smithland, Ky., three bass, 8-8, $355

6th:          Daniel Pope Jr., Cincinnati, Ohio, four bass, 7-13, $325

7th:          Paul McBride, Vienna, Ill., three bass, 7-8, $295

8th:          Greg Adams, Mayfield, Ky., two bass, 7-5, $266

9th:          Kristin Knuteson, Mount Washington, Ky., three bass, 7-2, $236

10th:        Dean Dearwester, Cincinnati, Ohio, two bass, 7-0, $207

Nathan Eubank of Mountain Vernon, Indiana, caught the largest bass in the Co-angler Division weighing in at 6 pounds, 2 ounces. The catch earned him the day’s Co-angler Big Bass award of $222.

The T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) LBL Division tournament on Kentucky and Barkley lakes was hosted by the Cadiz-Trigg County Tourism 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. 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.