Larry Sisk of Evansville, Ind., weighed in four bass totaling 15 pounds, 4 ounces on Saturday to win the first Walmart Bass Fishing League Hoosier Division tournament of 2014 on Lake Patoka. For his victory, Sisk earned $6,082.
“I was on the main lake fishing grass patches in 4- to 6-feet of water,” explained Sisk, who has won more than $70,000 competing at the BFL level. “There was grass up on the bank in 2-feet of water, then there was an open stretch, and in 4- to 6-feet of water there were grass clumps. That isolated grass was the key. The water temp in the main lake was only 47 degrees and the fish weren’t moved up yet.”
Sisk said he was throwing a 1/2-ounce vibrating jig made by Hawgback Lures to catch his four on a stingy and cold Lake Patoka. He would let it fall into the grass and then rip it out to trigger a reaction strike.
“I had four bites, that’s it,” finished Sisk. “I thought I’d have to have five fish to win. But I had one that weighed s pounds, 7 ounces and that goes a long way.”
Rounding out the top 10 pros were:
2nd: Travis Feuerbach, Bloomington, Ind., five bass, 13-11, $2,041
3rd: Ken Comeaux, Millwood, Ky., five bass, 13-4, $1,362
4th: Lincoln Bowen, Crothersville, Ind., four bass, 12-5, $952
5th: Aaron Singleton, La Grange, Ky., five bass, 11-13, $816
6th: John Melton, Corydon, Ind., four bass, 11-8, $748
7th: Ron Eicher, Clarksville, Ind., two bass, 11-7, $680
8th: Jackson Ryley, Clinton, Ind., three bass, 10-14, $612
9th: Mike Quinlin, Mooresville, Ind., four bass, 10-10, $544
10th: Matt McCoy, Indianapolis, Ind., three bass, 9-3, $476 + Evinrude Bonus
Complete results can be found at FLWOutdoors.com.
Jason Cox of Salem, Ind., weighed three bass totaling 12 pounds, 4 ounces Saturday to win $2,023 in the co-angler division.
Rounding out the top 10 co-anglers were:
2nd: Calvin Fitch, Kokomo, Ind., three bass, 11-1, $1,011
3rd: Lewis Mallory, Martinsville, Ind., three bass, 9-11, $674
4th: Matt Campbell, North Vernon, Ind., three bass, 7-13, $472
5th: Darren New, New Castle, Ind., two bass, 7-12, $405
6th: Charles Hardin, Evansville, Ind., three bass, 7-9, $371
7th: Marshall Lachecki, Indianapolis, Ind., two bass, 6-2, $337
8th: Steve Hanson, Bloomington, Ind., two bass, 5-4, $303
9th: Brad Hostetler Sr., Farmland, Ind., two bass, 5-3, $253
9th: Steven Littrell, Avon, Ind., two bass, 5-3, $253
The top 40 boaters and 40 co-anglers based on point standings will qualify for the Oct. 9-11 Regional Championship on Pickwick Lake in Florence, Ala. Boaters will compete for a top award of a Ranger Z518C with a 200-horsepower Evinrude or Mercury outboard and a Chevy Silverado, while co-anglers will fish for a new Ranger Z518C 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 Rayovac FLW Series or even the Walmart FLW Tour.
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