EUFAULA, Okla. – Boater Brett King of Kinta, Oklahoma, caught five bass Saturday weighing 21 pounds, 2 ounces, to win the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Okie Division tournament on Eufaula Lake. King netted $4,127 for his efforts.
King said he slow-rolled spinnerbaits to earn his win. He said he used a ½-ounce black and chartreuse-colored Booyah Single Colorado Blade spinnerbait with a pearl-colored YUM Pulse swimbait before switching to a ½-ounce white, blue and chartreuse Booyah Double Colorado in the afternoon with the same trailer.
“I was throwing on small channel swing banks,” said King, who earned his first career victory in FLW competition. “I had two stretches about 50 yards long around the Oak Ridge Cove area that had channel swings and little sandy points with laydown logs. The fish were pulling out of spawning pockets and heading back out to the main lake.
“Both stretches were equally productive,” King continued. “I didn’t start catching them until about 10:30 [a.m.] and I caught my last keeper at 1:30 [p.m.].
In total, King said he caught eight keepers throughout his day.
The top 10 boaters finished the tournament in:
1st: Brett King, Kinta, Okla., five bass, 21-2, $4,127
2nd: Jeremy Johnson, Henryetta, Okla., five bass, 20-7, $2,064
3rd: Douglas Johnson, Ponca City, Okla., five bass, 19-6, $1,577
4th: Dane Coale, Norman, Okla., five bass, 18-12, $1,063
5th: John Soukup, Agra, Okla., five bass, 17-14, $825
6th: Ray Stagner, Tulsa, Okla., five bass, 17-4, $757
7th: Shawn Mote, Ardmore, Okla., five bass, 17-0, $688
8th: Joe Holmes, Claremore, Okla., five bass, 16-14, $619
9th: Mark Johnson, Weleetka, Okla., five bass, 16-11, $550
10th: Mick Fenn, Grove, Okla., five bass, 16-5, $707
10th: Ben Blaschke, Roland, Okla., five bass, 16-5, $457
Complete results can be found at FLWFishing.com.
Thomas Canady of Collinsville, Oklahoma, caught a 6-pound, 6-ounce bass – the heaviest of the event in the Boater Division – and earned the day’s Boater Big Bass award of $575.
Clint Symes of Yukon, Oklahoma, won the Co-angler Division and $2,428 Saturday after catching five bass weighing 18 pounds, 9 ounces.
The top 10 co-anglers were:
1st: Clint Symes, Yukon, Okla., five bass, 18-9, $2,428
2nd: Tej Lad, Tulsa, Okla., five bass, 18-3, $1,089
3rd: Kenny Howard, Watts, Okla., five bass, 17-3, $691
4th: Jake Hess, Tulsa, Okla., five bass, 15-1, $485
5th: Justin Freel, Midwest City, Okla., three bass, 14-10, $701
6th: Kurt Gordon, Cushing, Okla., five bass, 12-13, $346
6th: Dalton Fulps, Wagoner, Okla., five bass, 12-13, $346
6th: John Baumert, Pryor, Okla., five bass, 12-13, $346
9th: Lang Yang, Miami, Okla., five bass, 12-11, $277
10th: David Hardin, Bethel, Okla., five bass, 12-9, $242
Freel caught the largest bass in the Co-angler Division, a fish weighing in at 5 pounds, 4 ounces. The catch earned him the day’s Co-angler Big Bass award of $285.
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. 17-19 BFL Regional Championship on Kentucky and Barkley lakes in Gilbertsville, Kentucky, presented by Evinrude. 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.
The 2019 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 be held May 30-June 1 at the Potomac River in Marbury, Maryland, and is hosted by the Charles County Department of Recreation, Parks and Tourism and the Commissioners of Charles County. Top performers in the BFL can move up to the Costa FLW Series or even the FLW Tour.
For complete details and updated information visit FLWFishing.com. For regular updates, photos, tournament news and more, follow the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League on FLW’s social media outlets at Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.
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 2019 across five tournament circuits. Headquartered in Benton, Kentucky, with offices in Minneapolis, FLW and their partners conduct more than 290 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 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, and YouTube.
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