UPCOMING EVENT: T-H Marine BFL - 2019 - Grand Lake

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Spinnerbait, Buzzbait Take Wilkinson to Top

Spinnerbait, Buzzbait Take Wilkinson to Top
Chris Wilkinson

Chris Wilkinson of Farmersburg, Indiana, weighed a five-bass limit totaling 14 pounds, 7 ounces, Saturday to win the second FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Buckeye Division tournament of 2016 on the Ohio River, presented by Power-Pole. For his victory, Wilkinson took home $4,905.

“This was my fourth BFL win with FLW, but it had been awhile and you never really know when you’re going to win the next one,” says Wilkinson, who was a 2013 BFL All-American qualifer. “It was awesome to grind out a win in a very tough tournament.

“It was overcast and rainy, and I was looking for and fishing patches of river grass that had the wind blowing into it,” Wilkinson continues. “I caught a small limit early in the morning on a 1/8-ounce white and chartreuse Hawgback Lures spinnerbait, but I knew that the winning fish weren’t there.

“I ended up moving back into a cut that was out of the current and wind and caught a 4-pound, 6-ounce kicker on my third cast. I was throwing a black Hawgback Lures buzzbait, and I ended up upgrading my entire limit there. I caught around 12 keepers on the day.”

Wilkinson credited his G. Loomis rod and Shimano Aldebaran reel as being the difference on a tough day of fishing.

“Once I figured out that the fish were in areas that were out of the current, it was an awesome day,” Wilkinson says. “I fished clean all day long and didn’t lose any.”

The top 10 boaters:

1st:           Chris Wilkinson, Farmersburg, Ind., five bass, 14-7, $4,905

2nd:          Sean Wieda, Florence, Ky., five bass, 12-7, $2,453

3rd:          Miles Johnson, Kettering, Ohio, five bass, 12-1, $1,935

4th:           Neal Ramsey, Harrison, Ohio, five bass, 11-2, $1,145

5th:           Dick Schaffer, Rockford, Ohio, five bass, 10-13, $981

6th:           Cody Seeger, Lewistown, Ohio, five bass, 10-7, $899

7th:           Daniel Sepeck, Bethel, Ohio, five bass, 10-1, $818

8th:           Scott Manson, Covington, Ohio, four bass, 9-12, $736

9th:           Jim Vitaro, Wooster, Ohio, four bass, 8-13, $654

10th:        Kyle Weisenburger, Ottawa, Ohio, five bass, 8-11, $572

Complete results can be found here.

Charlie Smith of Union, Kentucky, caught a 4-pound, 11-ounce bass – the biggest of the tournament in the boater division – and earned the day’s Boater Big Bass award of $740.

 

Co-angler Ron Weisenburger

Weisenburger wins co-angler title

Ron Weisenburger of Continental, Ohio, weighed in five bass totaling 10 pounds, 6 ounces Saturday to earn $2,348 and win the co-angler division.

The top 10 co-anglers:

1st:           Ron Weisenburger, Continental, Ohio, five bass, 10-6, $2,348

2nd:          Brody Campbell, Oxford, Ohio, five bass, 8-11, $1,174

3rd:          J.R. Selke, Waynesville, Ohio, five bass, 7-14, $1,131

4th:           Brent Jones, Okeana, Ohio, five bass, 6-3, $548

5th:           Steve Garman, Dayton, Ohio, three bass, 6-1, $470

6th:           Brett Warrick, Westerville, Ohio, four bass, 5-15, $430

7th:           James Wilcox, Cincinnati, Ohio, four bass, 5-11, $391

8th:           Tad Bosley, Canton, Ohio, four bass, 5-9, $352

9th:           Gary Hoffman, Stoutsville, Ohio, four bass, 5-8, $293

9th:           Aaron Kuhlmann, Hamilton, Ohio, four bass, 5-8, $293

Selke caught the biggest bass of the tournament in the co-angler division, a fish weighing 2 pounds, 15 ounces and earned the day’s Co-angler Big Bass award of $350.

The top 50 boaters and 50 co-anglers based on point standings will qualify for the Oct. 13-15 Regional Championship on Kentucky and Barkley lakes in Gilbertsville, Kentucky. 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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