Brody Campbell of Oxford, Ohio, won the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Buckeye Division tournament on the Ohio River at Tanner’s Creek Saturday with five bass weighing 9 pounds, 15 ounces. Campbell netted $6,718 for his victory.
“I was keying in on stumps that were kind of hidden,” says Campbell, who after winning the BFL tournament at Rough River Lake last month now has back-to-back wins in BFL competition. “They were stumps I knew were there when the water was low, but you couldn’t see them in the tournament because the water was high.”
Campbell flipped a black and blue flake-colored, Texas-rigged Strike King Rodent and a ¼-ounce black and blue jig with a black and blue flake Zoom Super Chunk trailer. He says he fished near takeoff in the Tanner’s Creek area and caught six keepers all day.
“I caught a big fish – a 4-pounder – within the first 10 minutes,” says Campbell. “It was slower the rest of the day – I’d pick off a keeper here and there.”
Campbell preferres a 7-foot, 6-inch Bass Pro Shops Johnny Morris Signature Casting Series rod with 20-pound-test Seaguar fluorocarbon line.
The top 10 boaters:
1st: Brody Campbell, Oxford, Ohio, five bass, 9-15, $4,718 + $2,000 Ranger Cup Bonus
2nd: Jamie Cunnagin, New Lebanon, Ohio, five bass, 8-11, $1,859
3rd: Craig Mills, Hamilton, Ohio, five bass, 7-10, $1,052
3rd: Dan Fry, Marysville, Ohio, five bass, 7-10, $1,302
5th: Bob Robinson, Lebanon, Ohio, four bass, 7-1, $744
6th: Butch Dobransky, North Canton, Ohio, four bass, 6-15, $882
7th: Dan Moran, London, Ohio, four bass, 6-11, $720
8th: Tilford Head, Hamilton, Ohio, five bass, 6-7, $558
9th: Pat White, Batavia, Ohio, five bass, 6-5, $496
10th: Chris Combess, Cleves, Ohio, four bass, 6-2, $434
Complete results can be found at FLWFishing.com.
Adam Hock of Independence, Kentucky, caught a bass weighing 4 pounds, 5 ounces – the heaviest of the event in the Boater Division – and earned the day’s Boater Big Bass award of $485.
Kaplon wins co-angler title
Logan Kaplon of Creekside, Pennsylvania, won the Co-angler Division and $1,990 Saturday after catching four bass weighing 6 pounds, 2 ounces.
The top 10 co-anglers:
1st: Logan Kaplon, Creekside, Pa., four bass, 6-2, $1,990
2nd: Andrew Wright, Greenville, Ohio, three bass, 5-10, $920
3rd: Billy French, Hamilton, Ohio, three bass, 5-4, $992
4th: Larry Spivey, Middletown, Ohio, two bass, 5-2, $509
5th: William Gross, Cleveland, Ohio, three bass, 5-1, $368
6th: Mark Henderson, Martinsville, Ohio, four bass, 4-8, $337
7th: Mike Geisler, Oxford, Ohio, four bass, 4-7, $357
8th: Chris McCusker, Beaver Falls, Pa., two bass, 4-3, $356
9th: Ryan Rich, Eaton, Ohio, two bass, 3-14, $230
9th: Brandon Fraley, Tipp City, Ohio, three bass, 3-14, $230
Spivey caught the heaviest bass in the Co-angler Division, a fish weighing in at 3 pounds, 3 ounces. The catch earned him the day’s Co-angler Big Bass award of $80.
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 the Potomac River in Marbury, Maryland. 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.