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Sumter Flips Shallow on Arkansas River

Wright wins co-angler title
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Brit Sumter
April 8, 2019 • MLF • Phoenix Bass Fishing League

Brit Sumter of Prairie Grove, Arkansas, brought five bass to the weigh-in stage Saturday totaling 18 pounds, 1 ounce, to win the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Okie Division opener on the Arkansas River. For his victory, Sumter pocketed $4,315.

“I caught them all flipping laydowns in the backs of spawning pockets,” says Sumter, who earned his first career victory in FLW competition. “I stayed in the Webbers Falls pool and fished in the Spaniard Creek area and probably hit five different pockets. I think they were moving in to spawn, but the water was too dirty to see them.”

Sumter used a Texas-rigged, black and blue- or green pumpkin-colored YUM Christie Critter with a 5/16-ounce weight.

“My fish were in less than 3 feet of water. As soon as I’d pitch in and pick it up they’d be there, probably hitting it on the fall,” says Sumter. “I caught six keepers and weighed all largemouth. Four of my fish came by 8:30 [a.m.] and two more around noon, which culled a smaller one.”


The top 10 boaters:

 1st: Brit Sumter, Prairie Grove, Ark., five bass, 18-1, $4,315

 2nd: Nick Kincaid, Coweta, Okla., five bass, 16-12, $2,157

 3rd: Brian Dossey, Okmulgee, Okla., five bass, 15-5, $1,439

 4th: Jacob Keenom, Meeker, Okla., five bass, 15-2, $1,007

 5th: Phillip Lunceford, Stigler, Okla., five bass, 13-13, $863

 6th: Mark Shadowens, Kiefer, Okla., five bass, 13-12, $791

 7th: John Soukup, Agra, Okla., five bass, 13-9, $919

 8th: Chuck Nelson, Elmore City, Okla., five bass, 13-3, $747

 9th: Rodney Copeland, Sallisaw, Okla., five bass, 12-13, $575

 10th: Brandon Linney, Tahlequah, Okla., three bass, 12-10, $478

 10th: Matt Williams, Prairie Grove, Ark., four bass, 12-10, $478

Complete results can be found at

Chris Ogan of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, caught a 6-pound, 8-ounce bass – the heaviest of the event in the Boater Division – and earned the day’s Boater Big Bass award of $610.


Co-angler Matt Wright

Wright wins co-angler title

Matt Wright of Clay Center, Kansas, won the Co-angler Division and $2,157 Saturday after catching five bass weighing 13 pounds, 12 ounces.


The top 10 co-anglers:

 1st: Matt Wright, Clay Center, Kan., five bass, 13-12, $2,157

 2nd: Russell Vandiver, Wyandotte, Okla., five bass, 13-4, $1,079

 3rd: Steve Sanders, Gore, Okla., three bass, 10-11, $917

 4th: Jackie Copeland, Sallisaw, Okla., four bass, 10-7, $503

 5th: Tej Lad, Tulsa, Okla., four bass, 9-9, $431

 6th: Rick Blosser, Tulsa, Okla., four bass, 9-6, $446

 7th: Steven Whitaker, Sallisaw, Okla., four bass, 9-3, $360

 8th: Drake Lumpkin, Ft. Gibson, Okla., three bass, 8-13, $306

 8th: Keith Sherwood, McAlester, Okla., four bass, 8-13, $306

 10th: Nic Conger, Fort Smith, Ark., four bass, 8-9, $252

Jimmy Green of Tulsa, Oklahoma, caught the largest bass in the Co-angler Division, a fish weighing in at 6 pounds, 1 ounce. The catch earned him the day’s Co-angler Big Bass award of $305.


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 Kentucky Lake in Gilbertsville, Kentucky, presented by Evinrude. 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.