UPCOMING EVENT: TOYOTA SERIES - 2020 - Lake Norman

Hipsher Dominates on Kentucky Lake

Hipsher Dominates on Kentucky Lake
Craig Hipsher of Benton, Ky., won the first LBL Division event of the year with a 24-pound, 4-ounce limit which earned him a $4,900 payday.

GILBERTSVILLE, Ky. – Craig Hipsher of Benton, Kentucky, weighed a five-bass limit totaling 24 pounds, 4 ounces Saturday to win the first Walmart Bass Fishing League LBL Division tournament of 2015 on Kentucky Lake. For his victory, Hipsher earned $4,981.

“It feels great to cut a check,” said Hipsher. “All the days of practice paid off.”

After a dense morning fog delayed takeoff for two hours, Hipsher said he headed to the south end of the lake near the U.S. Highway 68 bridge to throw his first casts of the day. Within ten minutes he had three bass in the livewell, including two 6-pounders. Hipsher said he caught his fish using a Rayburn Red-colored Rat-L-Trap crankbait and a crawdad-colored Rapala Shad Rap.

“We concentrated on running points and spawning pockets,” Hipsher said. “The fish had moved a bit compared to where I had found them in practice, but I still ended up pulling in 30 bass.”

Looking to add to his already impressive stringer, Hipsher decided to move shallow around 1 p.m. Using a Sexy Shad-colored Accent Lures spinnerbait, the Kentucky angler wrestled in a 6-pound, 10-ounce kicker to seal the victory.

“I knew the water would be warmer and figured the big fish would be moving back to their spawning areas,” said Hipsher. “I was sitting in about 9 or 10 inches of water and I saw him lurking around a stump.

“It was a good day. Everything went right.”

The top 10 boaters:

1st:          Craig Hipsher, Benton, Ky., five bass, 24-4, $4,981

2nd:         Austin Brown, Benton, Ky., three bass, 14-3, $2,490

3rd:          Terry Bolton, Paducah, Ky., four bass, 12-11, $1,662

4th:          Ed Rounsaville, Indianapolis, Ind., five bass, 12-10, $1,162

5th:          Sam Boss, Paducah, Ky., four bass, 12-4, $954

5th:          Ronny Webb, Dyersburg, Tenn., three bass, 12-4, $954

7th:          Ed Daniell, West Frankfort, Ill., four bass, 10-10, $788

7th:          Bob Drake, Noblesville, Ind., three bass, 10-10, $788

9th:          Chris Beaudrie, Shepherdsville, Ky., four bass, 10-9, $664

10th:        Brent Anderson, Kingston Springs, Tenn., three bass, 9-12, $581

Complete results can be found here.

Mike Keller of Metropolis, Illinois, caught the biggest bass of the tournament in the pro division and earned the day’s Big Bass award of $760.

Ellis wins co-angler division

Co-angler Justin Ellis of Harrodsburg, Ky., took the title in the March 14 LBL Division event with three bass weighing an impressive 13 pounds. He earned more than $2,800 for his efforts.Justin Ellis of Harrodsburg, Kentucky, weighed in three bass totaling 13 pounds even Saturday to win $2,490 in the co-angler division.

The top 10 co-anglers:

1st:          Justin Ellis, Harrodsburg, Ky., three bass, 13-0, $2,490

2nd:         Rick Boehringer, Troy, Ohio, three bass, 12-8, $1,245

3rd:          James Lee, Ledbetter, Ky., four bass, 11-6, $829

4th:          Les Stracener, West Memphis, Ark., three bass, 8-10, $581

5th:          Shaun Brown, Slippery Rock, Pa., three bass, 8-8, $498

6th:          Thomas Garbacz, Schaumburg, Ill., four bass, 8-7, $457

7th:          Randy Hill, Murfreesboro, Tenn., three bass, 8-6, $415

8th:          Rodney Rowe, Eddyville, Ky., two bass, 7-10, $353

8th:          Greg Tacheny, St. Paul, Minn., three bass, 7-10, $353

10th:        Matt Dobrinic, Crestwood, Mo., two bass, 7-9, $291

Ellis also caught the biggest bass of the tournament in the co-angler division and earned the day’s Big Bass award of $380.

The top 50 boaters and 50 co-anglers based on point standings will qualify for the Oct. 22-24 Regional Championship on Neely Henry Lake in Gadsden, Alabama. Boaters will compete for a top award of a Ranger Z518C with a 200-horsepower Evinrude or Mercury outboard and $20,000, while co-anglers will fish for a new Ranger Z518C with a 200-horsepower Evinrude or Mercury outboard.

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