UPCOMING EVENT: Costa FLW Series - 2018 - Lake Okeechobee

Jones Sticks with Spinnerbaits for Win

Christopher Jones of Bokoshe, Okla., won the May 7 Okie Division event on the Arkansas River with a 17-pound, 14-ounce limit to earn over $6,200.

Christopher Jones of Bokoshe, Oklahoma, weighed a five-bass limit totaling 17 pounds, 14 ounces, Saturday to win the FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Okie Division tournament on the Arkansas River presented by Power-Pole. For his victory, Jones took home $6,263.

“In the morning I ran to a backwater area 40 miles away from takeoff that had a little bit of milfoil, stumps and coontail in it,” says Jones, who earned his third win in BFL competition. “I had one thing on my mind, to catch a big one before everyone gets there. That’s what I did. I used a Booyah Single Colorado Blade Spinnerbait and caught three spawners, including a 4½-pounder.

“After that I locked back to the main river and spent the rest of my day fishing current breaks and some more backwaters,” continues Jones. “I focused on wood laydowns in the river channel and stumps in the pockets.”

Jones preferred to use the Single Colorado Blade with a white skirt in the cleaner backwaters, and a Booyah Double Colorado Blade Spinnerbait on the main river where the water was muddy.

“I caught the rest of my keepers and culled between noon and 2 p.m.,” says Jones. “I think I brought in 15 keepers by the end of the event. All of my decisions turned out to be the right ones. It was a great day.”

The top 10 boaters:

1st:          Christopher Jones, Bokoshe, Okla., five bass, 17-14, $6,263

2nd:         Sean McAllister, Checotah, Okla., five bass, 17-3, $2,381

3rd:          Cade Alsbury, Cave Springs, Ark., five bass, 15-8, $1,585

4th:          Jacob Dotson, Muskogee, Okla., five bass, 15-5, $1,111

5th:          Kyle Cortiana, Tulsa, Okla., five bass, 14-7, $913

5th:          E.P. Fletcher, Fort Smith, Ark., five bass, 14-7, $913

7th:          Mike McCormick, Adair, Okla., five bass, 13-12, $794

8th:          Jason Horton, Eucha, Okla., five bass, 12-14, $714

9th:          Josh Hilton, Clarksville, Ark., five bass, 12-11. $595

9th:          Fred Fielder, Vian, Okla., five bass, 12-11, $595

Complete results can be found here.  

Terry Ezell of El Reno, Oklahoma, caught a 5-pound, 12-ounce bass – the biggest of the tournament in the pro division – and earned the day’s Boater Big Bass award of $710.

 

Co-angler Billy Eubanks of Bunch, Okla., won the May 7 Okie Division event on the Arkansas River with a 15-pound, 7-ounce limit to earn over $2,700.

Eubanks wins co-angler title

Billy Eubanks of Bunch, Oklahoma, weighed in five bass totaling 15 pounds, 7 ounces, Saturday to win the co-angler division and earn $2,736.

The top 10 co-anglers:

1st:          Billy Eubanks, Bunch, Okla., five bass, 15-7, $2,736

2nd:         Matthew Gregory, Alma, Ark., four bass, 13-2, $1,191

3rd:          Ronnie White, Gore, Okla., four bass, 11-7, $791

4th:          Justin Lillie, Owasso, Okla., five bass, 11-4, $556

5th:          Rick Dawes III, Tulsa, Okla., five bass, 10-9, $476

6th:          Myron Means, Van Buren, Ark., four bass, 10-0, $437

7th:          J.C. Thompson, Cartwright, Okla., three bass, 9-9, $397

8th:          Benny Williams Jr., Poteau, Okla., four bass, 8-8, $357

9th:          Jack Sikes, Quapaw, Okla., three bass, 8-6, $318

10th:        Cameron Foster, Wagoner, Okla., four bass, 7-15, $278

Eubanks also caught the biggest bass of the tournament in the co-angler division, a fish weighing 5 pounds, 3 ounces and earned the day’s Co-angler Big Bass award of $355.

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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