Bob Logan of Waynesfield, Ohio, and Cody Seegar of Lewistown, Ohio, both weighed a five-bass limit totaling 11 pounds, 6 ounces Saturday to tie for first place at the Walmart Bass Fishing League Buckeye Division event on Indian Lake. For their victory, Logan and Seegar each earned $3,116, with Logan also receiving a $2,000 Ranger Cup bonus.
With a tie on the boater side, Bob Logan of Waynesfield, Ohio (left) and Cody Seegar of Lewistown, Ohio (right) shared the title in the May 11 Buckeye Division event on Indian Lake with 11 pounds, 6 ounces. Both were awarded $3,116 in winnings, though Logan earned an extra $2,000 for being Ranger Cup qualified.
“I fished back in the game reserve,” said Logan. “I targeted the lily pad fields. I stayed in one area for the entire day. It was a nice stretch – a few hundred yards long. I just fished around it, in a circle, for the entire day. These fish were post-spawn and were hungry.”
Logan said that all of the fish that he weighed in fell prey to a black and blue-colored Strike King Lures jig, trailered with a black/blue flake-colored Strike King Rage Tail Craw.
“The key for me was just sticking it out in that area,” Logan went on to say. “I only caught around 10 fish, and there was a pretty big dry spell in the middle of the day. I ground it out, though, and it paid off.”
Seegar could not be reached for comment on his winning pattern.
Rounding out the top 10 pros were:
3rd: Michael Powell Jr., Cincinnati, Ohio, five bass, 11-3, $1,383
4th: Darrell Gallagher, Sidney, Ohio, five bass, 11-0, $970
5th: James Hailstones, Cincinnati, Ohio, five bass, 10-12, $831
6th: Christopher Williamson, Anna, Ohio, five bass, 10-10, $762
7th: Jake Poffenberger, Brookville, Ohio, five bass, 10-9, $693
8th: Charles Mangen, Wapakoneta, Ohio, five bass, 10-5, $588
8th: Jason Schaurer, West Milton, Ohio, five bass, 10-5, $588
10th: Mark Hurst, Troy, Ohio, five bass, 10-0, $485
Jordan Duke of Goshen, Ohio, weighed a five-bass limit totaling 9 pounds even Saturday to win $2,078 in the co-angler division.
Rounding out the top 10 co-anglers were:
2nd: Brent Wilkens, Liberty Township, Ohio, five bass, 8-8, $1,039
3rd: David Scales, Marysville, Ohio, five bass, 8-3, $691
4th: Roger Hahn, Fairfield, Ohio, three bass, 6-9, $485
5th: Jason Cole, Cambridge, Ohio, three bass, 6-8, $416
6th: Brad Lyon, Columbus, Ohio, five bass, 6-1, $381
7th: Daniel Hurst, Troy, Ohio, five bass, 5-14, $329
7th: Gary Vanover, Cincinnati, Ohio, five bass, 5-14, $329
9th: Mike Otto, Kettering, Ohio, five bass, 5-13, $277
10th: Melvin McNeal, Circleville, Ohio, four bass, 5-9, $242
The next BFL Buckeye Division tournament is scheduled for June 1 on Mosquito Lake in Cortland, Ohio. After the last divisional tournament is complete, the top 40 boaters and 40 co-anglers based on point standings will qualify for the Oct. 3-5 Regional Championship on Chesapeake Bay in North East, Md. 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. The 2013 BFL All-American is being held June 27–29 on Nickajack Lake in Chattanooga, Tenn. Top winners in the BFL can move up to the EverStart Series or even the Walmart FLW Tour.
Image courtesy FLW Outdoors