FALLS OF ROUGH, Ky. – Boater John Melton of Corydon, Indiana, won the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Hoosier Division tournament on Rough River Lake Saturday after catching five bass weighing 13 pounds, 12 ounces. Melton netted $4,838 for his win.
According to post-tournament reports, Melton caught his limit near the dam, throwing a topwater lure and soft plastics.
The top 10 boaters finished the tournament in:
1st: John Melton, Corydon, Ind., five bass, 13-12, $2,838 + $2,000 Ranger Cup Bonus
2nd: Brody Campbell, Oxford, Ohio, five bass, 13-9, $1,734
3rd: Todd Hensley, New Albany, Ind., four bass, 9-10, $1,255
4th: Mike Quinlin, Mooresville, Ind., five bass, 9-10, $805
5th: Rob Flowers, Lawrenceburg, Ind., four bass, 9-2, $718
6th: Jake Morris, McKee, Ky., four bass, 8-6, $520
7th: Jay Ellis, Celina, Ohio, five bass, 7-10, $573
8th: Richard Ison, New Washington, Ind., three bass, 7-6, $426
9th: Scott Bateman, Jasper, Ind., three bass, 7-5, $378
10th: Drew Boggs, Lebanon, Tenn., four bass, 6-13, $331
Complete results can be found at FLWFishing.com.
Campbell caught a bass weighing 6 pounds, 5 ounces – the heaviest of the event in the Boater Division – and earned the day’s Boater Big Bass award of $315.
Michael Pruitt of Martinsville, Indiana, won the Co-angler Division and $1,374 Saturday after catching four bass weighing 8 pounds, 9 ounces.
The top 10 co-anglers were:
1st: Michael Pruitt, Martinsville, Ind., four bass, 8-9, $1,374
2nd: Roger Seitzinger, Lawrenceville, Ill., three bass, 7-12, $989
3rd: Talmadge Marcum, McKee, Ky., three bass, 6-12, $459
4th: Mike Hamaker, Cicero, Ind., three bass, 6-4, $321
5th: Jordan Loveless, Indianapolis, Ind., two bass, 5-15, $275
6th: Ronnie Gill, Indianapolis, Ind., two bass, 5-4, $252
7th: Leroy Miller, Napoleon, Ohio, three bass, 4-8, $229
8th: William Kissinger, Knoxville, Tenn., two bass, 4-7, $206
9th: James McWhorter, Hamilton, Ohio, three bass, 4-6, $183
10th: Tim McCue, New Whiteland, Ind., three bass, 4-3, $160
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 presented by Evinrude on Kentucky Lake in Paris, Tennessee. 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 2020 BFL All-American will be held April 30-May 2 at Lake Hartwell in Anderson, South Carolina, and is hosted by Visit Anderson. 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, Namibia, Portugal, South Africa, Spain, and Zimbabwe. 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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