Matt Cash of Cincinnati, Ohio, weighed a five-bass limit totaling 9 pounds, 1 ounce Saturday to win the Walmart Bass Fishing League Buckeye Division event on the Ohio River/Tanners Creek. For his victory, Cash earned $3,842.
“I was fishing the main river targeting current and current breaks,” said Cash. “I had pre-practiced the week before and was able to find fish, but then water levels dropped and I had to make some adjustments on Saturday. I covered a lot of water, making a milk run to about 10 key spots.
“I caught five bass and used five different baits, all reaction. My bag included smallmouth, largemouth and spotted bass. The baits really didn’t have as much to do with catching the fish as much as the area did.
“On Saturday I was having some issues with my boat and I really have to thank Wieda’a Marina for getting me up and running.”
Rounding out the top 10 boaters were:
2nd: John Miller, Washington, Pa., five bass, 8-1, $1,921
3rd: Mike Spicer, Bellbrook, Ohio, five bass, 8-0, $1,089
3rd: Brent Willey, Gahanna, Ohio, five bass, 8-0, $1,089
5th: Chris Ludwig, Lawrenceburg, Ind., four bass, 7-13, $768
6th: Craig Mills, Hamilton, Ohio, five bass, 7-12, $704
7th: Dick Shaffer, Rockford, Ill., four bass, 7-8, $640
8th: Ray Brunner, Hamilton, Ohio, five bass, 7-4, $576
9th: Bill Lowen, Brookville, Ind., five bass, 7-3, $4809th: Chris Myers, Madison, Ind., four bass, 7-3, $480
Complete results can be found at FLWOutdoors.com.
Steve Sorrell of Beavercreek, Ohio, weighed four bass totaling 5 pounds, 15 ounces Saturday to win $1,921 in the co-angler division.
Rounding out the top 10 co-anglers were:
2nd: Gary Hoffman, Stoutsville, Ohio, three bass, 5-14, $960
3rd: William Redmond, Sciotoville, Ohio, four bass, 5-5, $641
4th: Dave Davenport, Milford, Ohio, three bass, 4-13, $448
5th: Mike Fanthorp, Union, Ky., four bass, 4-12, $384
6th: David Scales, Marysville, Ohio, three bass, 4-9, $336
6th: Gary Vanover, Cincinnati, Ohio, three bass, 4-9, $336
8th: Dennis Akers, South Portsmouth, Ky., three bass, 4-5, $272
8th: Kenneth Garrison, Hamilton, Ohio, four bass, 4-5, $272
10th: Daniel Hurst, Troy, Ohio, four bass, 4-4, $224
The next BFL Buckeye Division tournament is scheduled for Sept. 15-16 on Indian Lake in Lakeview, Ohio. After the fifth Buckeye Division tournament is complete, the top 40 boaters and 40 co-anglers based on point standings will qualify for the Oct. 11-13 Regional Championship on Lake Barkley in Kuttawa, Ky. Boaters will compete for a top award of a Ranger Z518 with a 200-horsepower Evinrude or Mercury outboard and a Chevy Silverado, while co-anglers will fish for a new Ranger Z518 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 EverStart Series or even the Walmart FLW Tour.
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