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Lillie On Top at Eufaula

Duvall takes co-angler title in rescheduled Okie Division event
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Justin Lillie
April 29, 2019 • MLF • Phoenix Bass Fishing League

Justin Lillie of Edmond, Oklahoma, won the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Okie Division tournament on Eufaula Lake presented by Navionics Sunday with five bass weighing 18 pounds, 8 ounces. Lillie earned $4,259 for his day on the water.

“I basically fished around the dam on the upper side of the lake 20 miles from takeoff and caught five keepers,” says Lillie, who earned his first career win in FLW competition. “I focused on postspawn bass around rock ledges. I had five locations I caught fish at, just running different little rock ledges and outcroppings.

“I worked in 6 to 10 feet of water,” continues Lillie. “I caught the biggest fish – my first – about 10 minutes in, and then one keeper every two hours after that.”

Lillie used a ¾- or 1-ounce white and chartreuse-colored Nichols Pulsator Metal Flake Double Willow spinnerbait with a chartreuse Zoom Fat Albert Grub trailer on 20-pound-test P-Line Tactical Fluorocarbon line, and a 7-5 Halo TI Series heavy-action rod with an Ardent C-Force 7:1 reel. He also weighed one on a shaky head with a darker-colored Zoom Magnum Trick Worm.


The top 10 boaters finished the tournament:

 1st: Justin Lillie, Edmond, Okla., five bass, 18-8, $4,259

 2nd: Nick Kincaid, Coweta, Okla., five bass, 16-15, $2,205

 3rd: James Marsh, Thomas, Okla., five bass, 16-12, $1,336

 4th: John Soukup, Agra, Okla., five bass, 16-8, $1,035

 5th: Roger Hughes, Bartlesville, Okla., five bass, 15-6, $802

 6th: Jeremy Johnson, Henryetta, Okla., five bass, 15-5, $735

 7th: Sean McAllister, Checotah, Okla., five bass, 14-13, $634

 7th: Mike Michelson, Altus, Okla., five bass, 14-13, $784

 9th: Josh Poirop, Canadian, Okla., five bass, 14-11, $535

 10th: Shonn Goodwin, Moore, Okla., five bass, 14-2, $468

Complete results can be found at

Matthew Palesano of Chickasha, Oklahoma, caught a 6-pound, 15-ounce bass – the heaviest of the event in the Boater Division – and earned the day’s Boater Big Bass award of $550.


Co-angler Dusty Duvall

Duvall wins co-angler title

Dusty Duvall of Checotah, Oklahoma, won the Co-angler Division and $2,019 Sunday after catching five bass weighing 16 pounds, 15 ounces.


The top 10 co-anglers:

 1st: Dusty Duvall, Checotah, Okla., five bass, 16-15, $2,019

 2nd: Jackie Copeland, Sallisaw, Okla., five bass, 16-3, $842

 2nd: Kenny Howard, Watts, Okla., five bass, 16-3, $842

 4th: Blayke Haggard, Gans, Okla., five bass, 14-9, $671

 5th: Nic Conger, Fort Smith, Ark., five bass, 14-8, $454

 6th: Hank Williams, Claremore, Okla., four bass, 14-0, $370

 7th: Clint Symes, Yukon, Okla., five bass, 11-4, $336

 8th: Joseph Morenzoni, Beggs, Okla., four bass, 11-0, $303

 9th: Steve Bradfield, Claremore, Okla., five bass, 10-14, $269

 10th: Kole Poindexter, Eufaula, Okla., three bass, 10-13, $235

Jase Morris of Edmond, Oklahoma, caught the heaviest bass in the Co-angler Division, a fish weighing in at 7 pounds, 1 ounce. The catch earned him the day’s Co-angler Big Bass award of $272.


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 and Barkley lakes 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.