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Eady Wins FLW Bass Fishing League Gator Division Event on Lake Toho

Don Eady of Orlando, Fla., won the March 5 Gator Division event on Lake Toho with a 26-pound, 6-ounce limit to cash a check worth over $8,600.

KISSIMMEE, Fla. – Don Eady of Orlando, Florida, weighed a five-bass limit totaling 26 pounds, 6 ounces, Saturday to win the third FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Gator Division tournament of 2016 on Lake Toho. For his victory, Eady took home $8,668.

Eady said he caught nearly 25 keepers over the course of the day using an unnamed purple swimbait.

“I focused on submerged hydrilla and Kissimmee grass in less than four feet of water on the north end,” said Eady, who earned his first career win in FLW competition. “I fished the bait really slow. I made sure that it came right over the grass and touched it from time to time.”

The Florida angler said that he hit four different stretches of hydrilla and Kissimmee grass, but only two were needed to produce his winning stringer.

“My biggest fish hadn’t spawned yet and were in the grass waiting to go to the beds,” said Eady. “That was a huge factor in my pattern.”

Eady credited his knowledge of the lake and the recent weather patterns for helping him get the win.

“A lot of competitors were out looking for beds, but I wasn’t,” said Eady. “In fact, I didn’t see a bed all day. This lake is very shallow, so it doesn’t take much of a cold front to scatter fish. With the weather we’ve had, I knew there wouldn’t be anything left on the beds.”

The top 10 boaters finished the tournament in:

               1st:          Don Eady, Orlando, Fla., five bass, 26-6, $6,668 + $2,000 Ranger Cup Bonus

               2nd:         Ronald Yentz, Fort Lauderdale, Fla., five bass, 24-1, $2,744

               3rd:          Kyle Walters, Grant Valkaria, Fla., five bass, 23-4, $1,829

               4th:          Donny Bass, Naples, Fla., five bass, 20-4, $1,281

               5th:          Trevor Hamlin, Cape Coral, Fla., five bass, 20-3, $1,098

               6th:          Raymond Trudeau, Saint Cloud, Fla., five bass, 20-2, $1,006

               7th:          Sandy Melvin, Boca Grande, Fla., five bass, 19-14, $915

               8th:          Benny Townend, Boynton Beach, Fla., five bass, 19-6, $823

               9th:          Dave Turner, Crystal River, Fla., five bass, 18-15, $732

               10th:        Craig Mathews, Punta Gorda, Fla., five bass, 18-2, $640

Complete results can be found at FLWFishing.com.  

Eady also caught a 9-pound, 7-ounce bass – the biggest of the tournament in the pro division – and earned the day’s Boater Big Bass award of $880.

Rodney Simmons of Alva, Florida, weighed in five bass totaling 19 pounds, 7 ounces Saturday to earn $2,744 and win the co-angler division.

The top 10 co-anglers were:

               1st:          Rodney Simmons , Alva, Fla., five bass, 19-7, $2,744

               2nd:         Delfin Pernas, Miami, Fla., four bass, 16-15, $1,372

               3rd:          James Brown, Margate, Fla., five bass, 15-13, $917

               4th:          Matthew Wolfe Jr., Casstown, Ohio, five bass, 15-12, $640

               5th:          Charles Tucker, Eustis, Fla., four bass, 14-5, $989

               6th:          Randy Paquette, Sarasota, Fla., five bass, 14-3, $503

               7th:          Joseph Solenski, West Palm Beach, Fla., five bass, 14-0, $457

               8th:          Nik Kayler, Apopka, Fla., five bass, 13-9, $412

               9th:          Loel Brandstrom, Jensen Beach, Fla., two bass, 12-8, $366

               10th:        William Carpenella, Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., five bass, 12-4, $320

Tucker caught the biggest bass of the tournament in the co-angler division, a fish weighing 9 pounds, 8 ounces and earned the day’s Co-angler Big Bass award of $440.

The top 50 boaters and 50 co-anglers based on point standings will qualify for the Oct. 13-15 Regional Championship on Lake Seminole in Bainbridge, Georgia. 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.

The BFL is a 24-division circuit devoted to weekend anglers, with 120 tournaments throughout the season, five in each division. The top 50 boaters and co-anglers from each division qualify for a regional tournament and are competing to finish in the top six, which then qualifies them for one of the longest-running championships in all of competitive bass fishing – the BFL All-American. Top winners in the BFL can move up to the Costa FLW Series or even the Walmart FLW Tour.

For regular updates, photos, tournament news and more, follow the BFL on Facebook at Facebook.com/FLWFishing and on Twitter at Twitter.com/FLWFishing.

About FLW

FLW is the world’s largest tournament-fishing organization, providing anglers of all skill levels the opportunity to compete for millions in prize money in 2016 across five tournament circuits. Headquartered in Benton, Kentucky, with offices in Minneapolis, FLW conducts more than 235 bass-fishing tournaments annually across the United States and sanctions tournaments in Canada, China, Mexico and South Korea. FLW tournament fishing can be seen on the Emmy-nominated “FLW" television show, broadcast to more than 564 million households worldwide, while FLW Bass Fishing magazine delivers cutting-edge tips from top pros. For more information visit FLWFishing.com and follow FLW at Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and Periscope: @FLWFishing.

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