Cody Seeger of Lewistown, Ohio, weighed a two-day total of nine bass totaling 15 pounds, 3 ounces to win the Walmart Bass Fishing League Buckeye Division super tournament on Indian Lake Sunday. For his victory, Seeger earned $5,270.
“I practiced on Friday and keyed in on a grass bite with light tackle,” said Seeger, who finished the season ranked second in the Buckeye Division Angler of the Year race. “On Saturday, I could do no wrong. I had 17 keepers and caught fish all day long.
“Sunday, there was a cold front and it shut my fish down,” Seeger explained. “I caught three keepers fairly quickly and then picked up one more around 2 p.m. on a Yamamoto Senko. I knew the fish were in the grass, I just had to get them to bite.”
Seeger said he fished grass flats and targeted the deeper edges where the bottom dropped from 1 to 6 feet. He caught almost all of his fish on a Texas-rigged 7-inch Blue Fleck-colored Berkley Power Worm with a 1/16-ounce sinker.
“I had talked to more than half the field on the water on the final day, so I knew it was tough,” said Seeger. “I couldn’t have been mad, even if I hadn’t won. I fished clean and capitalized on every bite all weekend.”
Rounding out the top 10 pros were:
2nd: Keith Wheelock, Beaver Creek, Ohio, eight bass, 15-1, $2,635
3rd: Jim Neumaier, Greenville, Ohio, eight bass, 14-7, $1,758
4th: Chris Martinkovic, Hamilton, Ohio, eight bass, 13-5, $1,230
5th: Kyle Weisenburger, Ottawa, Ohio, eight bass, 13-4, $1,054
6th: Tony Newland, Belle Center, Ohio, six bass, 11-2, $966
7th: Dan Moran, London, Ohio, eight bass, 10-10, $878
8th: Jay Gillfillan, Ridgeway, Ohio, seven bass, 10-6, $790
9th: Ronald Nutter, Newark, Ohio, seven bass, 10-2, $703
10th: Mervin Miller, Sugarcreek, Ohio, eight bass, 9-15, $615
Complete results can be found at FLWOutdoors.com.
Dennis Robinson of Oxford, Ohio, weighed in a two-day total of six bass totaling 9 pounds, 8 ounces to win $2,635 in the co-angler division Sunday.
Rounding out the top 10 co-anglers were:
2nd: Greg Marshall, Paris, Ky., six bass, 8-15, $1,317
3rd: Kenny Mitchell, Franklin, Ohio, four bass, 8-4, $880
4th: Kyle Lackey, Tipp City, Ohio, three bass, 7-5, $615
5th: Dennis Sepeck, Bethel, Ohio, five bass, 6-13, $527
6th: Steve Garman, Dayton, Ohio, five bass, 6-1, $483
7th: Roy Lester, Hamilton, Ohio, five bass, 6-1, $439
8th: Mike Fanthorp, Union, Ky., three bass, 5-15, $395
9th: Dennis Hughes, Bethel, Ohio, two bass, 5-12, $351
10th: Marcus Dudley, Twinsburg, Ohio, three bass, 5-10, $307
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 Tour.
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