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Bass Flips up Super Tournament Title on Big O

Brown wins co-angler title in Gator Division final event
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Donny Bass
September 23, 2019 • MLF • Phoenix Bass Fishing League

Donny Bass of Naples, Florida, brought a two-day total of 10 bass to the scale weighing 40 pounds, 9 ounces, to win the two-day T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Gator Division super-tournament on Lake Okeechobee Sunday. Bass earned $6,137 for his efforts.

“I’ve been sick this past week, and it turned out to be beneficial to me because it made me really slow down and just pick some areas apart,” says Bass, who earned his first career victory in FLW competition. “I made a long run – all the way up to the north end – to get out of the wind. I was fishing isolated reed clumps and patches with a brand new Gambler Lures bait called the Super Stinger.

“The bait looks like a big stinger – it’s 4½ inches and mimics a bluegill,” Bass continues. “It has a bigger profile, but it gets bigger bites.”

Bass estimated that he caught around 20 keeper bass on day one, and added another 40 to 45 bites on day two.

“It was typical summertime fishing – there was no wad of fish – so I put the trolling motor down and grinded,” Bass says. “I think the key was making the long run and having the areas to myself. It’s tough to get anything to yourself in a tournament on Lake Okeechobee. I think the new Super Stinger definitely played a role as well.”


The top 10 boaters:

 1st: Donny Bass, Naples, Fla., 10 bass, 40-9, $6,137

 2nd: Austin Schroeder, Zephyrhills, Fla., 10 bass, 36-4, $2,569

 3rd: Mikey Keyso Jr., North Port, Fla., 10 bass, 35-4, $1,712

 4th: Robert Crosnoe, Inverness, Fla., 10 bass, 31-9, $1,199

 5th: Douglas Sauls, Winter Garden, Fla., 10 bass, 30-11, $1,027

 6th: Mark Sommer, Coral Springs, Fla., 10 bass, 28-9, $1,142

 7th: Brian MacDougall, La Belle, Fla., 10 bass, 28-5, $856

 8th: Christopher Jerdan, Cape Coral, Fla., 10 bass, 27-10, $871

 9th: Nicholas Hoinig, Port St. Lucie, Fla., 10 bass, 26-11, $685

 10th: Lionel Botha, Malabar, Fla., 10 bass, 26-5, $599

Complete results can be found at

Thomas McLinskey of Altha, Florida, caught an 8-pound, 8-ounce largemouth – the heaviest of the event in the Boater Division – and earned the event’s Boater Big Bass award of $645.


Co-angler Justin Brown

Brown wins co-angler title

Frostproof, Florida’s Justin Brown won the Co-angler Division and $3,091 Sunday after catching a two-day total of 10 bass weighing 26 pounds, 1 ounce.


The top 10 co-anglers:

 1st: Justin Brown, Frostproof, Fla., 10 bass, 26-1, $3,091

 2nd: Ernie Thompson, Anthony, Fla., 10 bass, 25-3, $1,334

 3rd: Scott Farnham, Port Saint Lucie, Fla., 10 bass, 23-13, $1,008

 4th: Harry Linsinbigler IV, Dover, Fla., 10 bass, 22-12, $599

 5th: Michael Davis, Lake Wales, Fla., nine bass, 21-3, $514

 6th: Andrew Pulliam, Spring Hill, Fla., 10 bass, 21-0, $571

 7th: Kevin Thomas, Miramar, Fla., six bass, 20-7, $428

 8th: Michael Leach, Shenandoah, Texas, 10 bass, 20-3, $385

 9th: Levi Crossway, Jacksonville, Fla., 10 bass, 19-15, $342

 10th: Clark Bundy, Okeechobee, Fla., 10 bass, 19-13, $300

Brown also caught the largest bass in the Co-angler Division, a largemouth weighing in at 6 pounds, 2 ounces. The catch earned him the event’s Co-angler Big Bass award of $322.


The T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Gator Division super-tournament on Lake Okeechobee was hosted by Roland & Mary Ann Martin’s Marina and Resort.


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.