Veteran McMullin earns first victory

Bobby McMullin earned a well-deserved first-ever victory at the Stren Central on Kentucky/Barkley with a four-day weight of 64-7.

BENTON, Ky. - Kentucky Lake has been pretty good to Pevely, Mo., pro Bobby McMullin. Forty five years ago, he and his wife honeymooned here, and today the Kentucky Lake area became the site of his first-ever tournament victory in 103 tries since 1995. McMullin's 17-pound stringer was the heaviest of the day and catapulted him to the top with a four-day weight of 64 pounds, 7 ounces, enough for a 1-pound, 1-ounce margin of victory. McMullin has been competing in Wal-Mart Bass Fishing League events for years now and is in his 10th year fishing the Stren Series, having first competed in the Stren as a co-angler. He won the points title from the back of the boat in 2002 and in 2004 moved to the pro side, all the while wishing and hoping for a win. That came today in unexpected fashion, as he ended day two in fifth place behind hard-charging Nate Wellman and Jeff Carman, not to mention well-known pros Ramie Colson Jr. and Troy Eakins. "I couldn't believe it; I didn't think I could make up that much," he said. Kentucky/Barkley winner Bobby McMullin holds up his $25,000 check.For McMullin, it took a tackle box full of baits and a few spots on Kentucky close to the marina to hand him a hard-earned tournament victory. "I was fishing points with wind on them that I had been fishing all week long," he said. "New fish were moving in each day. I made a milkrun around 2 to 3 miles in north Kentucky Lake, from Moors (Marina) to the dam." McMullin caught his bass on Spooks, crankbaits, jerkbaits and jigs, but his money fish came today on a green-pumpkin centipede. "I'd try one and pick up another," he said of his lure selection. "I'd just get it in front of one of them." McMullin said he was fishing depths of about 4 to 6 feet, just waiting for one or two to move in. "I think they were moving in to feed," he said. "It was not a good spawning area. They were little secondary points - anything that had rock. I was in a protected area where the wind wouldn't hit full force." McMullin's catches over the course of the week have been remarkably consistent, as he caught 15-15 on day one, 15-13 on day two and 15-11 yesterday before busting the 17-pound sack today. Those results prove his statement that his bass were difficult to cull up, as they were all about the same. The one that was different - his big day-four kicker fish - came today just in the nick of time. "I had about five spots that had a few docks, and the big fish came off a dock close to Moors with 20 minutes to go," he said. McMullin said on stage today that he is now 65 years old and enjoying his retirement, drawing Social Security and fishing the bass tours. Today, he earned a nice supplement to those Social Security checks, raking in $25,000 for the win and climbing to 11th in Stren Central points standings. His victory today should help him recover from the seven runner-up finishes he has earned, including three in BFL competition right here on Kentucky/Barkley. Rose brings in 16-11 to take second Despite some hard luck on day four, Mark Rose took second place with 63-6 over four days.Threatening with the second-heaviest stringer of the day was Mark Rose of Marion, Ark., who ultimately finished second with a four-day weight of 63 pounds, 6 ounces. Rose's 16-pound, 11-ounce day-four stringer helped earn him $9,832 plus a $5,000 Ranger bonus. Rose might have tasted victory today if not for the bitter misfortune of a few missed fish. "I'd been catching a limit on a spinnerbait every morning until today, and then I'd fish deep for bigger ones," Rose said. "I'd catch a bigger one each day. Today, I didn't do the spinnerbait deal because it died down. I found two spots that really had them, and I lost my two best fish." Rose also noticed that his hooks were a little, quote, "boogered up," something he calls a rookie mistake. "On my ride back to Arkansas, I may be kicking myself for that," he said. "I had the opportunity to have a gold mine today." Rose was catching his bass between 25 and 30 miles south of the takeoff site at Moors Marina on Kentucky Lake. In addition to the spinnerbaits, Rose also caught fish this week on a Strike King 3/4-ounce green-pumpkin football jig, the same jig on which he won last year's Wal-Mart FLW Series event on Pickwick Lake. He also employed a Strike King Series 5 Sexy Shad crankbait to land a few. Wellman lands in third Day-two and day-three leader Nate Wellman ultimately finished third with a combined catch of 60 pounds, 4 ounces.Day-two and day-three leader Nate Wellman came up one fish shy of the limit today, forfeiting his lead and ultimately finishing third with a four-day weight of 60 pounds, 4 ounces. Several factors contributed to his tough luck today, including the weather and a hung-up bait. "I knew with the front coming in it was going to get tough, and it did," Wellman said. "Then, in the first 10 minutes, I hung my Hog." That Brush Hog was the sparkly black and blue number that Wellman calls "Old Faithful." "The secret was that it had to be really sparkly," he said. "That made all the difference." Also eating at Wellman today was the mental weight that comes from leading the pack, especially when the going gets tough. "I struggled with a mental battle today," he said. "I lost too many big fish to pull it off this week. It wasn't my turn." Wellman was fishing the Blood River area of Kentucky Lake, keying on shoreline with chunk-rock banks near spawning pockets. Eakins, Wooley round out top five Troy Eakins claimed fourth place with a four-day weight of 60 pounds, 3 ounces.Taking fourth place is Troy Eakins of Nixa, Mo., with a four-day weight of 60 pounds, 3 ounces. He caught 12 pounds, 8 ounces today, his lowest weight of the tournament. "Today it was just tough after the cold front," Eakins said. "I didn't get as many, and they got smaller on me." Behind him in fifth is Michael Wooley, who caught 14-13 today for a four-day total of 60 pounds, 2 ounces. "I've had one rod on my deck all week," Wooley said. "I Texas-rigged a Baby Brush Hog, green pumpkin, in shallow water. All my fish have been spawners." Rest of the best Kentucky Lake legend David Young made his first Stren top-10 since a horrifying boat accident and caught 59 pounds, 10 ounces to end up in sixth.Rounding out the top 10 pros on Kentucky/Barkley: 6th: David Young, Mayfield, Ky., 19 bass, 59-10, $5,899 7th: Ramie Colson Jr., Cadiz, Ky., 18 bass, 59-8, $5,408 8th: Koby Kreiger, Okeechobee, Fla., 19 bass, 59-2, $4,916 9th: Jeff Carman, Liberty, Ky., 18 bass, 56-7, $4,424 10th: Dick Shaffer, Rockford, Ohio, 17 bass, 54-2, $3,933 Coming up The next event on the Stren Series Central Division schedule is a contest on the Mississippi River near Fort Madison, Iowa, July 23-26.

Tags: headline-story  jennifer-simmons 

/news/2015-05-23-brown-rallies-for-seminole-win

Brown Rallies for Seminole Win

When the Rayovac FLW Series event on Lake Seminole started on Thursday, hot, slick conditions prevailed. The air temperatures pushed into the 90’s, water temperatures hovered between 80 and 85 degrees – summertime was on. Or was it? READ MORE »

/news/2015-05-23-jeter-takes-co-angler-crown

Jeter Takes Co-Angler Crown

Call it a local’s sweep at the Rayovac FLW Series on Lake Seminole. While local pro Clint Brown of Bainbridge, Ga., won the boater Division, his Bainbridge neighbor, Greg Jeter won the Co-angler Division to make it a local twofer. READ MORE »

/news/2015-05-23-lake-seminole-day-3-midday-update

Lake Seminole Day 3 Midday Update

Second place pro Clint Brown was gaining some serious ground on Reneau as Brown had boxed four solid keepers for about 11 pounds on his very first spot – all caught from protected backwaters with a topwater. READ MORE »

/news/2015-05-22-reneau-grabs-lead-on-seminole

Reneau Grabs Lead On Seminole

Though Reneau has weighed in 15-1 and 20-7 over two days for a total of 35 pounds, 8 ounces, he says he is only getting about six bites per day. READ MORE »

/news/2015-05-22-top-5-patterns-from-seminole-day-2

Top 5 Patterns From Seminole Day 2

A shake-up occurred on day two of the Rayovac FLW Series presented by Evinrude on Lake Seminole. Day one was all about slow, summertime fishing in the lake’s deep timber. Overnight a frontal passage dropped water and air temperatures and left a north wind howling down the lake. As a result, the timber bite cooled off and those fishing shallower waters climbed up the leaderboard. READ MORE »

/news/2015-05-22-lake-seminole-day-2-midday-update

Lake Seminole Day 2 Midday Update

The hot summer at Seminole turned back into spring this morning as a cold front blew through the area dropping air temps some 10 degrees with a blustery north wind. Sweatshirts were needed again as the cold air felt more like April than May. READ MORE »

/news/2015-05-21-enfinger-leads-on-seminole

Enfinger Leads On Seminole

Enfinger said he got off to a “fast start” this morning, sacking a limit by 10 a.m., but he only upgraded twice after that, catching about eight keepers on the day. READ MORE »

/news/2015-05-21-top-5-patterns-from-seminole-day-1

Top 5 Patterns From Seminole Day 1

Bradley Enfinger took the day-one lead at the Rayovac FLW Series presented by Evinrude on Lake Seminole fishing suspended bass in timber. Others in the top-5 fished both wood and grass on day one. READ MORE »

/news/2015-05-21-lake-seminole-midday-update

Lake Seminole Midday Update

Lake Seminole is known to be more of a quality lake than a quantity lake and that trait showed on the morning of day one as anglers who were catching fish were not necessarily getting many bites, but 3-pound pluses seemed to be the norm for the ones hauled in over the gunnel. READ MORE »

/news/2015-05-19-ledges-lift-wilson-to-top

Ledges Lift Wilson to Top

Tim Wilson of Gas City, Indiana, weighed a five-bass limit totaling 29 pounds, 10 ounces Saturday to win the fourth Walmart Bass Fishing League Choo Choo Division tournament of 2015 on Lake Guntersville. For his victory, Wilson earned $5,584. READ MORE »

/news/2015-05-19-two-in-a-row-for-fox

Two in a Row for Fox

Dwight Fox of Gainesboro, Tennessee, weighed four bass totaling 16 pounds, 2 ounces Saturday to win the third Walmart Bass Fishing League Mountain Division tournament of 2015 on Lake Cumberland. For his victory, Fox earned $4,463. READ MORE »

/news/2015-05-19-bluff-walls-carry-meredith

Bluff Walls Carry Meredith

GROVE, Okla. – Mitch Meredith of Hulbert, Oklahoma, weighed a five-bass limit totaling 18 pounds, 4 ounces Saturday to win the third Walmart Bass Fishing League Okie Division tournament of 2015 on Grand Lake. For his victory, Meredith earned $7,165. READ MORE »

/news/2015-05-19-tidwell-slows-down-for-title

Tidwell Slows Down for Title

MCCORMICK, S.C. – Brian Tidwell of Seneca, South Carolina, weighed a five-bass limit totaling 17 pounds, 11 ounces Saturday to win the fourth Walmart Bass Fishing League South Carolina Division tournament of 2015 on Clarks Hill Lake. For his victory, Tidwell earned $3,021. READ MORE »

/news/2015-05-19-ginter-gets-the-win

Ginter Gets the Win

CELINA, Ohio – Gary Ginter of Maplewood, Ohio, weighed a five-bass limit totaling 13 pounds, 4 ounces Saturday to win the first Walmart Bass Fishing League Buckeye Division tournament of 2015 on Grand Lake. For his victory, Ginter earned $3,963. READ MORE »

/news/2015-05-19-jig-does-the-trick-for-roselle

Jig Does the Trick for Roselle

MARBURY, Md. – Mike Roselle of La Plata, Maryland, weighed a five-bass limit totaling 16 pounds, 13 ounces Saturday to win the third Walmart Bass Fishing League Shenandoah Division tournament of 2015 on Potomac River. For his victory, Roselle earned $6,235. READ MORE »

/news/2015-05-17-thrift-by-3

Thrift by 3

The “numbers game.” It’s a term that Bryan Thrift used to describe his fishing on Lake Eufaula back in 2013 when he finished runner-up to Randy Haynes in a Walmart FLW Tour event. The method to his numbers madness was to hit as many solitary objects – stumps, brush piles, rocks, logs – on the bottom of Lake Eufaula as humanly possible in an eight-hour tournament day. When Thrift saw that Lake Eufaula was back on the 2015 Walmart FLW Tour schedule for May of this year, he grinned that patented Bryan Thrift grin because he already knew how to crunch the numbers at Eufaula. And Thrift is still grinning. After sacking up a final-day catch of 15 pounds, 5 ounces to top off 69-14 for the week, Thrift made the numbers work for his fourth FLW Tour win. He added another $125,000 to his bank account. READ MORE »

/news/2015-05-17-lake-eufaula-day-4-coverage

Lake Eufaula Day 4 Coverage

Daily updates from the Walmart FLW Tour event on Lake Eufaula presented by Quaker State. READ MORE »

/news/2015-05-16-morrow-thrift-neck-and-neck

Morrow, Thrift Neck and Neck

Georgia pro Troy Morrow brought in 15 pounds, 4 ounces on the third day of competition at the Walmart FLW Tour event presented by Quaker State on Lake Eufaula to increase his tournament total to 54-13. Morrow maintains his lead for the second consecutive day, but he won’t sleep comfortably tonight with North Carolina hammer Bryan Thrift just 4 ounces off the lead with 54-09. READ MORE »

/news/2015-05-16-top-5-patterns-from-lake-eufaula-day-3

Top 5 Patterns from Lake Eufaula Day 3

Troy Morrow is leading the Walmart FLW Tour event presented by Quaker State on Lake Eufaula. However, with one day left to fish, he has a big problem going into the last day: Bryan Thrift. The Shelby, N.C., pro is just 4 ounces behind Morrow. Here’s how Thrift and the rest of the top five caught their fish. READ MORE »

/news/2015-05-16-lake-eufaula-day-3-coverage

Lake Eufaula Day 3 Coverage

Daily updates from the Walmart FLW Tour event on Lake Eufaula presented by Quaker State. READ MORE »