UPCOMING EVENT: PHOENIX BASS FISHING LEAGUE - 2020 - Lake Lanier

Smith by an Ounce on Grand

Smith by an Ounce on Grand
Jeffrey Smith of Knob Noster, Mo., won the May 14 Ozark Division event on Grand Lake with a 17-pound, 6-ounce limit to earn over $4,200 in prize money.

Jeffrey Smith of Knob Noster, Missouri, weighed a five-bass limit totaling 17 pounds, 6 ounces, Saturday to win the FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Ozark Division tournament on Grand Lake presented by Navionics. For his victory, Smith took home $4,235.

“In the morning I ran to a backwater pocket on the north end that was littered with riprap,” says Smith, who earned the second win of his FLW career. “There was a low bridge, but with my new aluminum Ranger I was able to raise the trolling motor and get under it. No one else could get back to where the rain had pushed the fish to.

“In the backwater I caught three of my limit fish – including a 5-pounder – flipping a Black Neon-colored Reaction Innovations Sweet Beaver,” Smith continues. “They were in about a foot of water along scattered wood, logs and laydowns.”

At 8 a.m., Smith ran to his second area – a ledge off of a point in a Honey Creek cove – to focus on postspawn bass.

“I filled my limit with a shaky head paired with a green-pumpkin Zoom worm,” says Smith. “I fished in 12 feet of water and ran the bait slow along the bottom. I ended up with five bites all day and they paid off.”

The top 10 boaters:

1st:          Jeffrey Smith, Knob Noster, Mo., five bass, 17-6, $4,235

2nd:         Benjamin King, Garnett, Kan., five bass, 17-5, $2,118

3rd:          Tim Fleetwood, Forsyth, Mo., five bass, 16-15, $1,713

4th:          Matthew Roberts, Osage Beach, Mo., five bass, 16-12, $988

5th:          Nick Lebrun, Bossier City, La., five bass, 16-10, $847

6th:          Brad Koehler, Coweta, Okla., five bass, 15-14, $776

7th:          Thomas Canady, Bartlesville, Okla., five bass, 15-9, $670

7th:          Wes Endicott, Joplin, Mo., five bass, 15-9, $670

9th:          Ben Verhoef, Osage Beach, Mo., five bass, 15-7, $565

10th:        Preston Frazell, Cleveland, Okla., five bass, 15-1, $494

Complete results can be found here.  

James Rogers of Springdale, Arkansas, caught a 5-pound, 13-ounce bass – the biggest of the tournament in the pro division – and earned the day’s Boater Big Bass award of $590.

 

Co-angler Phillip Delong of Stillwater, Okla., won the May 14 Ozark Division event on Grand Lake with a 16-pound, 1-ounce limit and earned over $2,000.

Delong wins co-angler title

Phillip Delong of Stillwater, Oklahoma, weighed in five bass totaling 16 pounds, 1 ounce, Saturday to win the co-angler division and earn $2,118.

The top 10 co-anglers:

1st:          Phillip Delong, Stillwater, Okla., five bass, 16-1, $2,118

2nd:         Denise Dill, Laurie, Mo., five bass, 12-15, $1,059

3rd:          Aaron Strohkirch, Camdenton, Mo., five bass, 12-9, $706

4th:          Johnny Ward Jr., Waynesville, Mo., four bass, 12-3, $494

5th:          Rich Purington, Plattsmouth, Neb., five bass, 11-2, $406

5th:          Richard Bower III, Jefferson City, Mo., five bass, 11-2, $406

7th:          Reggie Britt, Prairie Village, Kan., four bass, 10-3, $353

8th:          Randy Staton, Muskogee, Okla., four bass, 9-15, $318

9th:          Cody Millican, Highlandville, Mo., five bass, 9-13, $282

10th:        Dan Goetz, Columbia, Ill., three bass, 9-6, $234

10th:        Grant Nisbet, St. Louis, Mo., two bass, 9-6, $529

Nisbet caught the biggest bass of the tournament in the co-angler division, a fish weighing 5 pounds, 12 ounces and earned the day’s Co-angler Big Bass award of $295.

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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