NATCHITOCHES, La. – Brooke Morrison of Youngsville , La., weighed a five-bass limit totaling 13 pounds, 12 ounces Saturday to win the fourth Walmart Bass Fishing League Cowboy Division tournament of the season on the Red River. For his victory, Morrison earned $3,804
“It was very tough,” said Morrison. “The river rose about 2 feet in the past week and it changed things a lot.
“I practiced for three days earlier in the week, but it didn’t help much. I found two spots to the south that had clearer water,” said Morrison. “But, I was worried that they might get muddied up by Saturday.”
Morrison reported that his fears were well founded. One of his areas had been shot down by the rising water, and the other only produced two fish for him.
“I tried another waypoint from practice and finished out my limit there,” said Morrison. “It was a little indentation off the main river with wood and grass mats in it. I think the current was so hard that it had pushed the fish in there.
“I didn’t remotely think I had enough weight to win, but it feels great” said Morrison. “I’ve always been intimidated by the competition in the Cowboy Division, but I had my eye on this event as I felt like this was the one I had a chance to win.”
Morrison said that he caught his fish on a spinnerbait, a Netbait Paca Craw and a Reaction Innovations Sweet Beaver.
Rounding out the top 10 pros were:
2nd: Reginald Berry, Montgomery, La., four bass, 13-4, $1,902
3rd: Thomas McMillan, Choudrant, La., five bass, 11-13, $1,267
4th: Nicky McNeely, Natchitoches, La., five bass, 11-11, $888
5th: Andy Gaia, Tomball, Texas, five bass, 11-4, $761
6th: Aaron Castino, Orange, Texas, five bass, 10-8, $665
6th: Nick Lebrun, Tyler, Texas, five bass, 10-8, $665
8th: Bill Cook, Houston, Texas, five bass, 10-3, $539
8th: Joshua Moore, Grand Cane, Texas, five bass, 10-3, $539 + $300 Evinrude Bonus
10th: Kellogg’s Rice Krispies Treats pro Jim Tutt, Longview, Texas, five bass, 9-9, $444 + $300 Evinrude Bonus
Complete results can be found here.
Russell Lewis of Pineville, La., weighed in a five-bass limit totaling 19 pounds, 2 ounces Saturday to win $1,902 in the co-angler division.
Rounding out the top 10 co-anglers were:
2nd: Mike Petrovic, League City, Texas, five bass, 11-1, $951
3rd: Bill Rogers, Jasper, Texas, five bass, 8-8, $631
4th: Doug Estep, Baton Rouge, La., five bass, 8-5, $444
5th: Randy Wooley, Natchitoches, La., five bass, 8-4, $380
6th: Blake Carrier, Lake Charles, La., two bass, 8-2, $349
7th: Michael Greer Jr., Deridder, La., five bass, 7-4, $317
8th: Jimmy Ellis, White Oak, Texas, five bass, 7-3, $285
9th: Justin Dubois, Deville, La., five bass, 6-4, $238
9th: Gene Sharbono, Montgomery, La., four bass, 6-14, $238
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 Pickwick Lake in Florence, Ala. 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. The 2014 BFL All-American is being held June 5-7 on Wilson Lake in Florence, Ala. 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, Instagram, Pinterest and YouTube.