Kevin Lasyone of Dry Prong, La., weighed a two-day total of 10 bass totaling 36 pounds, 11 ounces to win the Walmart Bass Fishing League Cowboy Division super tournament on Sam Rayburn Reservoir Sunday. For his victory, Lasyone earned $5,997.
“It was tough, really tough,” said Lasyone, who has earned more than $175,000 in FLW competition. “I’ve finished in the top-10 in just about every tournament FLW runs, but this is my first win.
“I started out on Saturday fishing grass and pads with a ½-ounce V&M jig, then later I threw a V&M worm on the outside edges of the grass,” Lasyone said. “I caught a 5-pounder off of a shallow point at the end of the day, so I decided to start there on Sunday.”
Lasyone said that his key point produced again, and by 9 a.m. he had landed the entirety of his 23 pound, 4 ounce day-two stringer. He said the point had a mix of several types of grass and some bream beds on it. He caught most of his fish in five feet of water with a Blue Flex-colored 8½-inch V&M Wild Thang Worm.
“I promise you, I sat down and sang “Amazing Grace” in the boat after I caught my fish in the morning,” said Lasyone. “Todd Castledine, who was in first place, was the only guy I was worried about. I felt pretty sure I had the rest of the guys beat.”
Rounding out the top 10 pros were:
2nd: Randy Despino, Colfax, La., 10 bass, 31-13, $2,999
3rd: William Flournoy, Diboll, Texas, six bass, 29-5, $1,997
4th: Todd Castledine, Nacogdoches, Texas, 10 bass, 29-1, $1,399
5th: Clark Reehm, Huntington, Texas, 10 bass, 26-15, $1,199
6th: Charlie King, Coushatta, La., 10 bass, 25-5, $1,100
7th: Eric Hunt, Buna, Texas, 10 bass, 23-15, $1,000
8th: Mark Tullis, Conroe, Texas, 10 bass, 23-9, $900
9th: Nick Lebrun, Tyler, Texas, 10 bass, 23-7, $800
10th: Brian Branum, Sam Rayburn, Texas, 10 bass, 23-2, $700
Complete results can be found at FLWOutdoors.com.
Domonick Poullard of Houston, Texas, weighed in a two-day total of five bass totaling 20 pounds, 6 ounces to win $2,999 in the co-angler division Sunday.
Rounding out the top 10 co-anglers were:
2nd: Randy Pewthers, Pearland, Texas, nine bass, 18-8, $1,499
3rd: Collin Cooper, Smithville, Texas, eight bass, 18-4, $996
4th: Steve Oram, Hallsville, Texas, 10 bass, 18-0, $700
5th: Kevin Treece, Fort Smith, Ark., six bass, 14-5, $600
6th: Billy Gaston Jr., Shreveport, La., six bass, 14-3, $550
7th: Gene Norris, Spring, Texas, seven bass, 13-11, $500
8th: Kevin Carter, Spring, Texas, six bass, 13-4, $450
9th: Ben Faucheaux, Natchitoches, La., five bass, 13-2, $400
10th: Brian Tolley, Katy, Texas, four bass, 13-2, $350
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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