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Ferguson Takes Co-angler Crown

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Louis Ferguson Photo by Jesse Schultz. Angler: Louis Ferguson.
Day-two giant puts Woodville, Texas, angler over the top
February 17, 2018 • Chad Love • Toyota Series

Louis Ferguson of Woodville, Texas, won the co-angler division of the Costa FLW Series event presented by YETI on Sam Rayburn with a giant bass and a lucky Rat-L-Trap.

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Ferguson, who fished with Brian Robison of Magnolia, Texas, on day one and Tracy Mitchell of Springfield, Mo., on day two, used a favorite Bill Lewis Rat-L-Trap in retro red color to catch his monster bass on the second and ultimately final day of the fog-shortened event. The 10-pound, 5-ounce fish gave him a combined two-day bag of 35 pounds, 14 ounces.

“That particular Rat-L-Trap has caught several big bass for me,” says Ferguson, who also caught several fish on a white swim jig. “On day one we fished a windy point, and we both limited out early. I caught a 5-pounder on the swim jig, then caught the rest on that retro red Rat-L-Trap. We both had our weight by 11 a.m., so we went and fished some new water after that.”

On day two, Ferguson and Mitchell fished a totally different part of the lake.

“We were initially fishing hay grass, but then we went back up in a little-bitty drain loaded up with hydrilla where he caught a 2-pounder and I caught that 10-pounder, then a 4-pounder. I caught them all on the Rat-L-Trap.”

Ferguson won a prize package worth $28,950.

“I had a great time,” he says, “And I’m retiring that Rat-L-Trap.”


Top 10 co-anglers

1. Louis Ferguson – Woodville, Texas – 35-14 (10) – $28,950

2. Keith Honeycutt – Temple, Texas – 30-11 (10) – $6,750

3. James Callaghan – De Berry, Texas – 29-15 (10) – $5,600

4. Michael Allbright – Athens, Texas – 27-13 (10) – $4,400

5. James Allen Pruitt – Houston, Texas – 27-5 (10) – $3,700

6. Zack Freeman – Russellville, Ark. – 26-13 (10) – $3,250

7. John Moon – Brookeland, Texas – 26-9 (10) – $2,700

8. Andrew Brandstrom – White Bear Lake, Minn. – 26-9 (10) – $2,100

9. Austin Miller – Spring Hill, Kan. – 26-5 (10) – $1,640

10. Thomas Preiser – League City, Texas – 25-12 (8) – $1,390

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