UPCOMING EVENT: FLW SERIES - 2020 - Toledo Bend Lake

Kitts Favored Windy Banks

Kitts Favored Windy Banks
Kyle Kitts of Joplin, Mo., weighed a five-bass limit totaling 23 pounds, 11 ounces, Saturday to win the first FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Okie Division tournament of 2016 on Grand Lake. For his victory, Kitts took home $6,975.

Kyle Kitts of Joplin, Missouri, weighed a five-bass limit totaling 23 pounds, 11 ounces, Saturday to win the first FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Okie Division tournament of 2016 on Grand Lake. For his victory, Kitts took home $6,975.

“The key for me was fishing the docks and banks that the wind was blowing into,” says Kitts, who earned the first victory of his career in FLW competition. “It was extremely windy and most people were trying to avoid it as much as possible, myself included. But once I started catching them I realized I needed to fish the areas where the bait was being blown.

“I used a Yum Baits Yumbrella Flash Mob Jr. with white Keitech Swing Impact swimbaits all day long. I fished around deep water all day, but the bass were all pretty shallow. Even when I’d pull up and fish some of the deeper docks, the bass were suspended right below the surface.”

Kitts caught 12 or 13 keepers throughout the day, and weighed in two fish that were more than 5 pounds.

“They bit pretty steadily throughout the day,” Kitts says. “It seems like I’ve been fishing in BFL events for a long time, and these tournaments are always very tough. It’s really nice to finally get a win.”

The top 10 boaters:

1st:          Kyle Kitts, Joplin, Mo., five bass, 23-11, $6,975

2nd:         Eric Faucett, Moore, Okla., five bass, 21-9, $2,737

3rd:          Brad Tillman, Skiatook, Okla., five bass, 20-13, $1,827

4th:          Jeremy Lawyer, Sarcoxie, Mo., five bass, 20-12, $1,277

5th:          Charlie Apperson, Jay, Okla., five bass, 20-7, $1,095

6th:          Jerry Weisinger, Jay, Okla., five bass, 19-11, $1,004

7th:          Sheldon Collings, Grove, Okla., five bass, 19-10, $866

7th:          Shannon Prophet, Muskogee, Okla., five bass, 19-10, $1,736

9th:          Josh Hilton, Clarksville, Ark., five bass, 19-9, $730

10th:        Nick Kincaid, Coweta, Okla., five bass, 18-11, $639

Complete results can be found here.  

Prophet caught a 7-pound, 2-ounce bass – the biggest of the tournament in the pro division – and earned the day’s Boater Big Bass award of $870.

 

Chance Bowling of Locust Grove, Oklahoma, weighed in five bass totaling 15 pounds, 2 ounces Saturday to earn $2,737 and win the co-angler division in the Okie Division event.

Bowling wins co-angler title

Chance Bowling of Locust Grove, Oklahoma, weighed in five bass totaling 15 pounds, 2 ounces Saturday to earn $2,737 and win the co-angler division.

The top 10 co-anglers were:

1st:          Chance Bowling, Locust Grove, Okla., five bass, 15-2, $2,737

2nd:         Jeffrey Bullinger, Sapulpa, Okla., five bass, 15-0, $1,369

3rd:          Devin Duncan, Kansas, Okla., three bass, 12-11, $913

4th:          Dan McFarland, Enid, Okla., four bass, 12-9, $639

5th:          Chris Spence, Marlow, Okla., five bass, 12-5, $547

6th:          Eric Reeve, Muskogee, Okla., five bass, 12-3, $502

7th:          Kyle Pride, Skiatook, Okla., four bass, 11-4, $456

8th:          Damon Duncan, Kansas, Okla., five bass, 11-0, $411

9th:          Matthew Clark, Norman, Okla., three bass, 10-12, $365

10th:        Josh Dozier, Grove, Okla., four bass, 10-10, $319

Bryan Schuster of Oklahoma City caught the biggest bass of the tournament in the co-angler division, a fish weighing 6 pounds, 5 ounces and earned the day’s Co-angler Big Bass award of $435.

The top 50 boaters and 50 co-anglers based on point standings will qualify for the Oct. 27-29 Regional Championship on Lake Dardanelle in Russellville, Arkansas. 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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