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Freeman Went Old School on Rayburn

Nichols wins co-angler title in Cowboy Division Super Tournament
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Glen Freeman
September 23, 2019 • MLF • Phoenix Bass Fishing League

Glen Freeman of Zwolle, Louisiana, brought a two-day total of 10 bass to the scale weighing 43 pounds, 13 ounces, to win the two-day T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Cowboy Division super-tournament on Sam Rayburn Reservoir Sunday. Freeman earned $8,211 for his efforts.

“I think the key to my win was that I stayed old-fashioned,” says Freeman, who earned his 11th career win in BFL competition. “Nowadays everyone is throwing crankbaits and Carolina rigs, and I feel like the fish hardly see Texas rigs anymore. I was up on the north end – around the Highway 147 bridge, fishing slopes and drop-offs of ridges in 15- to 20-feet-of-water.”

Freeman estimates that he caught around 25 keepers throughout the weekend – 15 on day one and 10 on day two. He targeted isolated pieces of timber and brush on the slopes with a redbug-colored, Texas-rigged Mister Twister worm with a ½-ounce Elite Tungsten weight.

“I just slowed down and bumped the timber with the heavy weight,” Freeman says. “I was able to find the little pieces of timber using my Lowrance unit, and just soak the worm in the little bitty brush. The bites were very sensitive, and my Lews rod and reel combos made a big difference in allowing me to detect those subtle bites.”


The top 10 boaters:

 1st: Glen Freeman, Zwolle, La., 10 bass, 43-13, $6,211 + $2,000 Ranger Cup Bonus

 2nd: Eric Leger, Mamou, La., 10 bass, 35-9, $3,106

 3rd: Kevin Lasyone, Dry Prong, La., 10 bass, 34-11, $2,002

 4th: Albert Collins, Nacogdoches, Texas, 10 bass, 30-12, $1,403

 5th: Skeeter Fowler, Grand Saline, Texas, nine bass, 30-10, $1,202

 6th: Philip Crelia, Center, Texas, nine bass, 30-3, $1,352

 7th: River Lee, Nacogdoches, Texas, 10 bass, 29-9, $1,002

 8th: Ryan Pinkston, Center, Texas, 10 bass, 29-4, $1,727

 9th: Todd Castledine, Nacogdoches, Texas, 10 bass, 29-3, $1,102

 10th: Marcus Parker, Pearland, Texas, 10 bass, 28-6, $701

Complete results can be found at

Pinkston caught an 8-pound, 8-ounce bass – the heaviest of the event in the Boater Division – and earned the event’s Boater Big Bass award of $825.


Co-angler Lat Nichols

Nichols wins co-angler title

Deport, Texas’ Lat Nichols won the Co-angler Division and $3,206 Sunday after catching a two-day total of nine bass weighing 22 pounds, 2 ounces.


The top 10 co-anglers:

 1st: Lat Nichols, Deport, Texas, nine bass, 22-2, $3,206

 2nd: Steven Ramsey, Diberville, Miss., 10 bass, 20-5, $1,553

 3rd: Hannah Gryder, Milam, Texas, seven bass, 20-4, $1,004

 4th: Tim Woodard, Rosepine, La., 10 bass, 18-12, $701

 5th: Ty Haymon, Oakdale, La., eight bass, 18-5, $601

 6th: David Beason, Evans, La., seven bass, 18-2, $551

 7th: Bill Fussell, Thibodaux, La., seven bass, 16-8, $501

 8th: Ryan Bourque, Slidell, La., seven bass, 15-13, $451

 9th: Don Johnson, Lufkin, Texas, seven bass, 14-13, $401

 10th: Brandon Begnaud, Bacliff, Texas, six bass, 14-12, $351

Garrett Tunks of Sulphur, Louisiana, caught the largest bass in the Co-angler Division, a fish weighing in at 7 pounds, 15 ounces. The catch earned him the event’s Co-angler Big Bass award of $412.


The T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Cowboy Division super-tournament on Sam Rayburn Reservoir was hosted by the Jasper County Development District.


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. 24-26 BFL Regional Championship on Grand Lake in Grove, Oklahoma. 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.