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Wright Frogs on Neely Henry
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Wright Frogs on Neely Henry

Young takes Choo Choo Division co-angler title
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Scott Wright
May 7, 2019 • MLF • Phoenix Bass Fishing League

Scott Wright of Carbon Hill, Alabama, won the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Choo Choo Division tournament on Neely Henry Lake Saturday with five bass weighing 18 pounds, 14 ounces. Wright earned $3,313 for his day on the water.

“I ran downriver and made a couple of quick stops before heading to an area in Canoe Creek. I’d caught them there with a swim jig in practice,” says Wright, who earned his first win in FLW competition. “I figured the water must’ve dropped some because the grass line I was fishing had scum up on top. I started throwing a frog, and by 8 a.m. I was culling – it was on fire.

“Around 9:30 [a.m.], the frog bite slowed down, so I started throwing a weightless green-pumpkin [Yamamoto Custom Baits] Senko in 5 to 8 feet of water outside the same grass line and caught several more fish. Every fish I weighed, though, ended up coming from the frog.”

Wright says he used a white H2O XPRESS™ Hollow-Body Poppin' Frog to catch his fish.

“I started working my way back to check-in around 1:30 [p.m.], but had one spot I wanted to stop at,” says Wright. “It was a small patch of grass in a pocket about a mile downriver from where we took off, and with 10 mins left to fish, I caught my biggest fish of the day.”

Wright went on to say that it was likely the way he worked his frog that had the biggest impact on his win.

“I think the way I was working did more to help me than the bait itself – I’ve never fished a frog that way,” says Wright. “I’d jerk it once or twice, and then let it sit absolutely for about 10 or 20 seconds. It was a technique I discovered during a pause to grab a bottle of water from my cooler. I never got a bite moving the frog – it had to be sitting dead still.”

 

The top 10 boaters:

 1st: Scott Wright, Carbon Hill, Ala., five bass, 18-14, $3,313

 2nd: Trey Gamble, Helena, Ala., five bass, 18-0, $1,557

 3rd: Casey O'Donnell, Guntersville, Ala., five bass, 17-8, $1,137

 4th: Dax Ewart, Humboldt, Tenn., five bass, 16-9, $726

 5th: Daniel Whitaker, Phil Campbell, Ala., five bass, 16-8, $623

 6th: Scott Towry, Lawrenceburg, Tenn., five bass, 15-10, $571

 7th: Thomas Helton, Charleston, Tenn., five bass, 15-7, $769

 8th: Kenneth Grover, Decatur, Ala., five bass, 15-4, $467

 9th: Andy Kilgore, Kingston, Ga., five bass, 15-1, $415

 10th: Greg Lamb, Birchwood, Tenn., five bass, 15-0, $363

Complete results can be found at FLWFishing.com.

John Polly of Nauvoo, Alabama, caught a 5-pound, 11-ounce bass – the heaviest of the event in the Boater Division – and earned the day’s Boater Big Bass award of $365.

 

Co-angler Mike Young

Young wins co-angler title

Mike Young of Suwanee, Georgia, won the Co-angler Division and $1,589 Saturday after catching five bass weighing 15 pounds, 9 ounces.

 

The top 10 co-anglers:

 1st: Mike Young, Suwanee, Ga., five bass, 15-9, $1,589

 2nd: Tom Bowker, Terre Haute, Ind., five bass, 13-2, $794

 3rd: Keith Youngblood, Guntersville, Ala., five bass, 12-12, $497

 4th: Kyron Jones, Gardendale, Ala., five bass, 12-8, $347

 5th: Jerry Cornwell, Cleveland, Tenn., four bass, 12-2, $298

 6th: Mark Whitten, Scottsboro, Ala., five bass, 12-0, $273

 7th: Bryant Davis, Madison, Ala., five bass, 11-13, $418

 8th: David Haraway, Decatur, Ala., five bass, 11-8, $223

 9th: Robby Griffith, Ashville, Ala., five bass, 11-6, $198

 10th: Larry McNeil, Huntsville, Ala., five bass, 11-4, $165

 10th: Randall Kramer, Signal Mountain, Tenn., five bass, 11-4, $165

Davis caught the heaviest bass in the Co-angler Division, a fish weighing in at 4 pounds, 9 ounces. The catch earned him the day’s Co-angler Big Bass award of $170.

 

The tournament was hosted by the City of Gadsden.

 

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. 10-12 BFL Regional Championship on Lake Seminole in Bainbridge, Georgia. 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.