Pete Justice of Sharonville, Ohio, weighed a five-bass limit totaling 10 pounds, 5 ounces Saturday to win the fourth Walmart Bass Fishing League Buckeye Division tournament of 2014 on the Ohio River at Tanner’s Creek. For his victory, Justice earned $3,926.
“I went to a creek down by the dam,” said Justice. “The water level on the river has been fluctuating a lot. I was able to take advantage of a creek with more stable water levels.”
Justice said that he fished slightly submerged stumps with fry and shad around them with a spinnerbait, buzzbait and a 4-inch ringworm.
“I had the whole creek to myself for three hours,” said Justice. “I caught five keepers and a few smaller ones that were just barely too short.
“After I caught my last keeper I knew I had a shot to win,” finished Justice. “The best thing about this is that I was able to beat some of the best anglers around. It is a great achievement for me.”
Rounding out the top 10 pros were:
2nd: Cody Seeger, Lewistown, Ohio, five bass, 10-0, $1,963
3rd: Brandon Houston, Burlington, Ky., five bass, 9-3, $1,309
4th: Matt McCoy, Indianapolis, Ind., five bass, 8-0, $916 + $300 Evinrude Bonus
5th: Keith Wheelock, Beaver Creek, Ohio, five bass, 7-15, $785
6th: Frank McClain, Scottsburg, Ind., five bass, 7-3, $720
7th: Bill Smith Jr., Burlington, Ky., three bass, 6-3, $654
8th: Charlie Smith, Union, Ky., five bass, 5-14, $589 + $300 Evinrude Bonus
9th: Bret Languell, Indianapolis, Ind., three bass, 5-13, $523
10th: Chris Combess, Cleves, Ohio, four bass, 5-6, $458
Complete results can be found at FLWOutdoors.com.
Duane Fry of Bellefontaine, Ohio, weighed three bass totaling 5 pounds, 12 ounces Saturday to win $1,958 in the co-angler division.
Rounding out the top 10 co-anglers were:
2nd: Gerald Shaw, Pendleton, Ind., three bass, 5-8, $979
3rd: Gary Johns, Piqua, Ohio, two bass, 4-10, $653
4th: J.R. Selke, Waynesville, Ohio, three bass, 4-6, $457
5th: Ryan Sykes, Hamilton, Ohio, three bass, 4-4, $392
6th: Brent Jones, Okeana, Ohio, four bass, 4-0, $359
7th: Jimmy Bean, Hamilton, Ohio, two bass, 3-15, $326
8th: Jim Betts, Fort Wayne, Ind., three bass, 3-12, $294
9th: Garry Kincaid, Martinsville, Ind., three bass, 3-11, $261
10th: Melvin McNeal, Circleville, Ohio, two bass, 3-6, $228
The top 40 boaters and 40 co-anglers based on point standings will qualify for the Oct. 16-18 Regional Championship on Kentucky Lake in Gilbertsville, Ky. 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 T
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