BENTON, Ky. – Charles Jones of Jackson, Tenn., weighed a five-bass limit totaling 19 pounds, 13 ounces Saturday to win the second Walmart Bass Fishing League LBL Division tournament of 2014 on Kentucky and Barkley lakes. For his victory, Jones earned $7,428.
“I should have won about three or four of these, but I’ve always managed to mess it up,” said Jones about his first BFL win. “I’ll be 69 this year and it feels good to whup up on the young guys sometimes.
“I stayed in the north end of the lake and fished deep,” Jones continued. “The fish were in creeks that had some rock in it. Everything I caught was off of rock. They weren’t in the rock, but they were right where it would come out and stop on the bottom. I caught them mostly from 10- to 12-feet deep.
“I caught almost all of them on a Strike King Hack Attack Heavy Cover Jig. It comes through rocks really well. I fished the same jig all day, and you would have to cast it into the rock and pull it down through to the bottom.
“The only fish that I didn’t catch on a jig was my big fish, a 7-1,” finished Jones. “It bit a Strike King Burner spinnerbait first thing in the morning.”
Rounding out the top 10 pros:
2nd: Ronnie Smith, Walton, Ky., five bass, 16-13, $2,214 + $300 Evinrude Bonus
3rd: Kenneth McGar, Crofton, Ky., five bass, 16-12, $1,478 + $300 Evinrude Bonus
4th: Zach Grounds, Fortville, Ind., five bass, 16-9, $1,033
5th: Gerald Andrews, Benton, Ky., five bass, 16-1, $886
6th: Ryan Deal, Haubstadt, Ind., five bass, 16-0, $812
7th: Jeffery Archie, Paris, Tenn., five bass, 15-14, $738
8th: Stuart Eversole, Middletown, Ohio, five bass, 15-13, $664
9th: Terry Chastain, Guthrie, Ky., five bass, 15-10, $553
9th: Jackson Ryley, Clinton, Ind., five bass, 15-10, $553
Complete results can be found here.
Evans wins co-angler title
Rounding out the top 10 co-anglers:
2nd: Kenneth McGar Jr., Crofton, Ky., five bass, 14-11, $1,107
3rd: Aaron Connor, Murphysboro, Ill., four bass, 14-10, $738
4th: Jody Girten, Morganfield, Ky., three bass, 13-2, $517
5th: Bryan Drury, Lexington, Ky., four bass, 12-15, $443
6th: Steven Blakely, Shepherdsville, Ky., five bass, 12-12, $406
7th: Jerry Wittmer, Louisville, Ky., four bass, 12-6, $369
8th: Erich Butler, Spring Hill, Tenn., three bass, 12-3, $313
8th: Michael Emberton, Tompkinsville, Ky., four bass, 12-3, $313
10th: Kane Hackemack, New Albany, Ind., four bass, 11-15, $258
Complete co-angler results can be found here.
The top 40 boaters and 40 co-anglers based on point standings will qualify for the Oct. 9-11 Regional Championship on Lake Cherokee in Morristown, Tenn. Boaters will compete for a top award of a Ranger Z518C with a 200-horsepower Evinrude or Mercury outboard and a Chevy Silverado, while co-anglers will fish for a new Ranger Z518C with a 200-horsepower Evinrude or Mercury outboard.
The BFL is a 24-division circuit devoted to weekend anglers, with 120 tournaments throughout the season, five in each division. The top 40 boaters and co-anglers from each division qualify for a regional tournament and compete to finish in the top six, which then qualifies them for one of the longest-running championships in all of competitive bass fishing – the Walmart BFL All-American presented by Chevy. Top winners in the BFL can move up to the Rayovac FLW Series or even the Walmart FLW Tour.
FLW is the industry’s premier tournament-fishing organization, providing anglers of all skill levels the opportunity to compete for millions in prize money nationwide in 2014 over the course of 229 tournaments across five tournament circuits, four of which provide an avenue to the sport’s richest payday and most coveted championship trophy – the Forrest Wood Cup. FLW tournament fishing can be seen on the Emmy-nominated “FLW” television show and is broadcast to more than 564 million households worldwide, making it the most widely distributed weekly outdoors-sports television show in the world. For more information about FLW visit FLWOutdoors.com and look for FLW on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram and YouTube.