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Flat Leads Suratt to Pickwick Title

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Trent Suratt
Sawyer wins co-angler title
April 8, 2019 • MLF • Phoenix Bass Fishing League

Boater Trent Suratt of Lawrenceburg, Tennessee, brought five bass to the weigh-in stage Saturday totaling 20 pounds, 3 ounces, to earn the win and $4,394 at the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Mississippi Division tournament on Pickwick Lake.

“I was on the upper end of the lake, just below Wilson Dam, targeting chunk rock in 4 to 7 feet of water where smallmouth and largemouth like to get in and bed,” says Suratt, who notched his first career win in FLW competition. “I stayed in one area all day – it was pretty much a flat on the main river that was probably 100 by 100 yards in size.

“I caught five keepers – three smallmouth and two largemouth,” continues Suratt. “I had two fish at 11 [a.m.] and three more between 11 and 1 [p.m.]. It was a midday bite – that’s how it’s been the last couple of weeks. They haven’t come up to feed to feed until 11 or noon.”

Suratt says he caught his fish on a shaky head with a 5-inch, green-pumpkin-colored YUM Dinger. He used 10-pound-test Yo-Zuri braided line with an 8-pound-test Sunline Super FC Sniper fluorocarbon leader and a 7-foot, 3-inch Fitzgerald Stunner HD medium-heavy spinning rod.


The top 10 boaters:

 1st: Trent Suratt, Lawrenceburg, Tenn., five bass, 20-3, $4,394

 2nd: Don Perkins, Guntersville, Ala., five bass, 19-12, $2,397

 3rd: Taurian Parks, Yazoo City, Miss., five bass, 19-7, $1,564

 4th: Todd Rackley, Sheffield, Ala., five bass, 19-4, $1,025

 5th: Blake Daugherty, Batesville, Miss., five bass, 18-9, $879

 6th: Justin Atkins, Florence, Ala., four bass, 18-2, $1,985

 7th: Mitch Mitchell, Muscle Shoals, Ala., five bass, 18-1, $695

 7th: Jade Keeton, Florence, Ala., five bass, 18-1, $695

 9th: Jeff Suratt, Leoma, Tenn., five bass, 17-15, $736

 10th: Heath Gilmore, Meridian, Miss., five bass, 17-11, $513

Complete results can be found at FLWFishing.com.

Atkins caught a 9-pound, 2-ouncer – the heaviest of the event in the Boater Division – and earned the day’s Boater Big Bass award of $630.


Co-angler Thomas Sawyer

Sawyer wins co-angler title

Thomas Sawyer of Byhalia, Mississippi, won the Co-angler Division and $2,512 Saturday after catching five bass weighing 19 pounds, 9 ounces.


The top 10 co-anglers:

 1st: Thomas Sawyer, Byhalia, Miss., five bass, 19-9, $2,512

 2nd: John Swords, Collierville, Tenn., five bass, 15-2, $1,098

 3rd: Kevin Crutcher, Collierville, Tenn., four bass, 13-11, $733

 4th: George Welch, Hernando, Miss., five bass, 12-11, $513

 5th: Richard Baker, Jackson, Tenn., five bass, 12-10, $439

 6th: Larry Stewart Jr., Clinton, Miss., four bass, 11-12, $603

 7th: Zach Smith, Ripley, Miss., three bass, 10-10, $366

 8th: Jimmy Tisdale, Ellisville, Miss., four bass, 10-2, $330

 9th: Ryan LeCompte, Picayune, Miss., four bass, 9-10, $343

 10th: Don White, Columbus, Miss., three bass, 9-6, $406

Sawyer also caught the largest bass in the Co-angler Division, a fish weighing in at 6 pounds, 5 ounces. The catch earned him the day’s Co-angler Big Bass award of $315.


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. 17-19 BFL Regional Championship on Lake Guntersville in Guntersville, Alabama, presented by Mercury. Boaters will compete for a top award of a Ranger Z518L with a 200-horsepower outboard and $20,000, while co-anglers will fish for a new Ranger Z518L with a 200-horsepower outboard.