UPCOMING EVENT: TOYOTA SERIES - 2020 - Lake Erie

McCartney, O’Keefe Tie For Win at FLW Bass Fishing League Great Lakes Division Event on Mississippi River Presented By Navionics

McCartney, O’Keefe Tie For Win at FLW Bass Fishing League Great Lakes Division Event on Mississippi River Presented By Navionics
Nick O'Keefe and Mark McCartney

LA CROSSE, Wis. – Mark McCartney of Davis Junction, Illinois, and Nick O’Keefe of La Crosse, Wisconsin, each weighed three bass totaling 11 pounds even, Saturday to win the third FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Great Lakes Division tournament of 2016 on the Mississippi River presented by Navionics. For his win, McCartney earned $5,540 after bonuses, and O’Keefe took home $3,540.

O’Keefe said he locked to Pool No. 7 and built his limit focusing on flowing grass in light current.

“I caught a lot of 2½-pounders throughout the day,” said O’Keefe, who earned his first win in FLW competition. “Around 11:30 a.m. I caught my three limit-fish in three casts using a Pearl Blue-colored Lethal Weapon IV Swimjig. I found the right spot at the right time. I guess it was my lucky day.”

McCartney said he concentrated on lily pads in Pool No. 8.

“I hit mid-river areas and caught 10 keepers throughout the day,” said McCartney, who earned his second career win with FLW. “My limit came in on a black Spro Dean Rojas Poppin’ Frog and a custom white, yellow and violet-colored swimjig rigged with a 5-inch White Pearl-colored V&M swimbait. I rotated between them depending on how thick the cover was.”

The top 10 boaters finished the tournament in:

               1st:          Nick O’Keefe, La Crosse, Wis., three bass, 11-0, $3,540

               1st:          Mark McCartney, Davis Junction, Ill., three bass, 11-0, $3,540 + $2,000 Ranger Cup Bonus

               3rd:          Jimmy Johnson, Holmen, Wis., three bass, 10-11, $1,574

               4th:          William Schultz, Viroqua, Wis., three bass, 10-10, $1,022

               4th:          Clayton Reitz, Morton, Ill., three bass, 10-10, $1,022

               6th:          Kevin Ruh, Onalaska, Wis., three bass, 10-8, $865

               7th:          Wayne Meetz, Neenah, Wis., three bass, 10-6, $1,782

               8th:          Bob Matthies, Cicero, Ill., three bass, 10-4, $908

               9th:          Yamamoto Baits pro Tom Monsoor, La Crosse, Wis., three bass, 10-3, $629

               10th:        Jerry Schumacher, New London, Wis., three bass, 10-0, $523

               10th:        Fernando Lobato, Sparta, Wis., three bass, 10-0, $523

Complete results can be found at FLWFishing.com

Meetz caught a bass weighing 4 pounds, 14 ounces – the biggest of the tournament in the pro division – and earned the day’s Boater Big Bass award of $695.

Kyle Rabelhofer of Silver Lake, Wisconsin, weighed in three bass totaling 11 pounds, 2 ounces, Saturday to win the co-angler division and earn $2,460.

The top 10 co-anglers were:

               1st:          Kyle Rabelhofer, Silver Lake, Wis., three bass, 11-2, $2,460

               2nd:         Jeremy Thayer, Grimes, Iowa, three bass, 10-8, $1,527

               3rd:          Steven Lopez, Sparta, Wis., three bass, 10-2, $837

               4th:          Terry Vance, Dunlap, Ill., three bass, 10-1, $511

               4th:          Ronald Syverson, Holmen, Wis., three bass, 10-1, $511

               6th:          Aaron Sonsalla, Arcadia, Wis., three bass, 10-0, $433

               7th:          John Pliwko, Plover, Wis., three bass, 9-12, $373

               7th:          K.C. Schaible, Machesney Park, Ill., three bass, 9-12, $373

               9th:          Colby Wolff, Shawano, Wis., three bass, 9-11, $315

               10th:        Ed Remian, Schiller Park, Ill., three bass, 9-7, $275

Thayer caught the biggest bass of the tournament in the co-angler division, a fish weighing 4 pounds, 13 ounces, and earned the day’s Co-angler Big Bass award of $347.

The top 50 boaters and 50 co-anglers based on point standings will qualify for the Oct. 13-15 Regional Championship on Kentucky Lake 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.

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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