GILBERTSVILLE, Ky. – Boater Daniel Johnson of Lebanon, Tennessee, won the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) LBL Division tournament on Kentucky and Barkley lakes Sunday with a two-day cumulative catch of 10 bass weighing 32 pounds, 11 ounces. For his win, Johnson earned $5,943.
“I had three areas on the south end of Barkley Lake that I worked through both days,” said Johnson, who notched his second career win in BFL competition. “I targeted ultra-shallow cover like rock and wood – basically anything in less than 2 feet of water.”
Johnson flipped green-pumpkin or black and blue-colored tubes with ½-ounce Jenko Creature Weights. He also rotated in handmade balsa square-billed crankbaits. For crankbait colors, he said he preferred shad on Saturday and chartreuse with a black back on Sunday.
“The majority of my fish came from flipping, but I caught one key fish and a couple of keepers on the square-bill,” said Johnson. “I utilized the square-bill more early in the morning when I noticed shad up around the cover. Later in the day I flipped.”
Johnson said he caught eight keepers Saturday and six keepers on Sunday.
“Sticking with my gameplan was important,” said Johnson. “A lot of times, with those shallow fish, there aren’t enough of them for a two-day event, but I felt I could get two limits and two limits would go far. The fishing has been tough, but I knew there were some good, quality fish to be caught up shallow.”
The top 10 boaters finished the tournament in:
1st: Daniel Johnson, Lebanon, Tenn., 10 bass, 32-11, $5,943
2nd: Drew Boggs, Lebanon, Tenn., 10 bass, 32-0, $2,671
3rd: Chris Beaudrie, Princeton, Ky., eight bass, 28-15, $1,748
4th: Joey Mallicoat, Lebanon, Tenn., seven bass, 28-10, $1,153
5th: Chuck Callahan, Cincinnati, Ohio, 10 bass, 27-11, $989
6th: Josh Malone, Alma, Ill., 10 bass, 27-7, $1,206
7th: Cody Bertrand, Dyer, Ind., seven bass, 27-1, $824
8th: Keith Amerson, Bethel Springs, Tenn., seven bass, 26-11, $1,348
9th: Billy Schroeder, Paducah, Ky., nine bass, 26-9, $659
10th: Brad Baldwin, Waynesville, Ohio, seven bass, 23-7, $577
Complete results can be found at FLWFishing.com.
Amerson caught a bass weighing 6 pounds, 5 ounces – the heaviest of the event in the Boater Division. The catch earned him the Boater Big Bass award of $607.
Michael Glynn of Boerne, Texas, caught a two-day total of seven bass weighing 23 pounds, 7 ounces, to win the Co-angler Division and $2,671.
The top 10 co-anglers were:
1st: Michael Glynn, Boerne, Texas, seven bass, 23-7, $2,671
2nd: Dennis Taylor, Murray, Ky., six bass, 22-11, $1,236
3rd: Jerry Sterling, Jackson, Mo., five bass, 18-10, $872
4th: Wesley Dunn, Paducah, Ky., six bass, 18-0, $577
5th: Spencer Childers, Jasper, Ga., five bass, 17-15, $494
6th: Nathan Steele, Benton, Ky., five bass, 15-15, $453
7th: Ryan Kirkpatrick, Benton, Ky., four bass, 13-9, $412
8th: Danny Robinson, Fairland, Ind., two bass, 11-6, $675
9th: James Kelley, Maryland Heights, Mo., three bass, 11-4, $330
10th: Evan Bremmerkamp, Benton, Ky., three bass, 10-12, $288
Robinson caught the largest bass in the Co-angler Division – a fish weighing 6 pounds, 15 ounces – and earned the Co-angler Big Bass award of $304.
The 2018 T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) LBL Division finale on Kentucky and Barkley lakes was hosted by the Kentucky Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau.
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. 25-27 BFL Regional Championship on Lake Chickamauga in Dayton, Tennessee. Boaters will compete for a top award of a Ranger Z518C with a 200-horsepower Evinrude outboard and $20,000, while co-anglers will fish for a new Ranger Z518C with a 200-horsepower Evinrude outboard.
The 2018 BFL is a 24-division circuit devoted to weekend anglers, with 128 tournaments throughout the season, five qualifying events in each division. The top 45 boaters and co-anglers from each division, along with the five winners of the qualifying events, will advance to one of six regional tournaments where they are competing to finish in the top six, which then qualifies them for one of the longest-running championships in all of competitive bass fishing – the BFL All-American. The 2019 BFL All-American will take place May 30-June 1 on the Potomac River in Marbury, Maryland.
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FLW is the world’s largest tournament-fishing organization, providing anglers of all skill levels the opportunity to compete for millions in prize money in 2018 across five tournament circuits. Headquartered in Benton, Kentucky, with offices in Minneapolis, FLW and their partners conduct 286 bass-fishing tournaments annually around the world, including the United States, Canada, China, Italy, South Korea, Mexico, Portugal, South Africa and Spain. FLW tournament fishing can be seen on the Emmy-nominated “FLW" television show, broadcast to more than 564 million households worldwide, while FLW Bass Fishing magazine delivers cutting-edge tips from top pros. For more information visit FLWFishing.com and follow FLW at Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and Snapchat.
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