LAKEVIEW, Ohio – Cody Seeger of Lewistown, Ohio, weighed a two-day total of nine bass totaling 15 pounds, 3 ounces to win the Walmart Bass Fishing League Buckeye Division Super Tournament on Indian Lake Sunday. For his victory, Seeger earned $5,270.
“I practiced on Friday and keyed in on a grass bite with light tackle,” said Seeger, who finished the season ranked second in the Buckeye Division Angler of the Year race. “On Saturday, I could do no wrong. I had 17 keepers and caught fish all day long.
“Sunday, there was a cold front and it shut my fish down,” Seeger explained. “I caught three keepers fairly quickly and then picked up one more around 2 p.m. on a Yamamoto Senko. I knew the fish were in the grass, I just had to get them to bite.”
Seeger said he fished grass flats and targeted the deeper edges where the bottom dropped from 1 to 6 feet. He caught almost all of his fish on a Texas-rigged 7-inch Blue Fleck-colored Berkley Power Worm with a 1/16-ounce sinker.
“I had talked to more than half the field on the water on the final day, so I knew it was tough,” said Seeger. “I couldn’t have been mad, even if I hadn’t won. I fished clean and capitalized on every bite all weekend.”
Rounding out the top 10 pros:
2nd: Keith Wheelock, Beaver Creek, Ohio, eight bass, 15-1, $2,635
3rd: Jim Neumaier, Greenville, Ohio, eight bass, 14-7, $1,758
4th: Chris Martinkovic, Hamilton, Ohio, eight bass, 13-5, $1,230
5th: Kyle Weisenburger, Ottawa, Ohio, eight bass, 13-4, $1,054
6th: Tony Newland, Belle Center, Ohio, six bass, 11-2, $966
7th: Dan Moran, London, Ohio, eight bass, 10-10, $878
8th: Jay Gillfillan, Ridgeway, Ohio, seven bass, 10-6, $790
9th: Ronald Nutter, Newark, Ohio, seven bass, 10-2, $703
10th: Mervin Miller, Sugarcreek, Ohio, eight bass, 9-15, $615
Complete results can be found by clicking here.
Robinson wins co-angler division
Rounding out the top 10 co-anglers:
2nd: Greg Marshall, Paris, Ky., six bass, 8-15, $1,317
3rd: Kenny Mitchell, Franklin, Ohio, four bass, 8-4, $880
4th: Kyle Lackey, Tipp City, Ohio, three bass, 7-5, $615
5th: Dennis Sepeck, Bethel, Ohio, five bass, 6-13, $527
6th: Steve Garman, Dayton, Ohio, five bass, 6-1, $483
7th: Roy Lester, Hamilton, Ohio, five bass, 6-1, $439
8th: Mike Fanthorp, Union, Ky., three bass, 5-15, $395
9th: Dennis Hughes, Bethel, Ohio, two bass, 5-12, $351
10th: Marcus Dudley, Twinsburg, Ohio, three bass, 5-10, $307
Complete co-angler results can be found by clicking here.
The top 40 boaters and 40 co-anglers based on point standings will qualify for the Oct. 16-18 Regional Championship on Kentucky Lake in Gilbertsville, Ky. 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, Instagram and YouTube.