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Farmersburg’s Wilkinson Wins FLW Bass Fishing League Hoosier Division Event on Ohio River

Chris Wilkinson

CANNELTON, Ind. – Chris Wilkinson of Farmersburg, Indiana, weighed a five-bass limit totaling 12 pounds, 9 ounces, Saturday to win the fourth FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Hoosier Division tournament of 2016 on the Ohio River. For his win, Wilkinson took home $4,309.

“I caught my limit on the main river and in creeks,” said Wilkinson, who earned his second win of 2016 in BFL competition. “No matter where I went, I focused on wood that had current breaks. In the creeks, the calm water behind bigger laydowns held the better fish.

“I caught several keepers on a Pearl Chartreuse-colored Jackall Super Eruption Spinnerbait using a G. Loomis 813C Spinnerbait Series Rod,” Wilkinson continued. “My heaviest bass, the largest of the event, came from a piece of wood on the main river. On that cast, I threw a Jackall Cover Craw with a G. Loomis NRX 853 Casting Rod.”

Wilkinson said he pulled in around 13 keepers throughout the event.

“They all were caught fairly shallow – maybe about 1 to 3 feet down,” said Wilkinson. “I either flipped and popped the craw, or ran the spinnerbait as slow as I could.”

The top 10 boaters finished the tournament in:

               1st:          Chris Wilkinson, Farmersburg, Ind., five bass, 12-9, $4,309

               2nd:         Tommy Williams, Shepherdsville, Ky., four bass, 10-5, $1,902

               3rd:          Sean Gillenwater, Bloomington, Ind., three bass, 6-2, $1,267

               4th:          Frank McClain, Scottsburg, Ind., four bass, 5-14, $888

               5th:          Kyle Weisenburger, Ottawa, Ohio, three bass, 5-13, $961

               6th:          Eric Moore, Hamilton, Ohio, three bass, 5-6, $797

               7th:          Matt McCoy, Indianapolis, Ind., five bass, 5-5, $634

               8th:          Damon Tingle, Mooresville, Ind., four bass, 5-4, $571

               9th:          George Brown, Camby, Ind., three bass, 5-3, $507

               10th:        John Melton, Corydon, Ind., three bass, 5-1, $444

Complete results can be found at FLWFishing.com

Wilkinson’s biggest bass – which weighed 4 pounds, 7 ounces – earned him the day’s Boater Big Bass award of $505.

Joshua Jenkins of Indianapolis, Indiana, weighed in two bass totaling 6 pounds even, Saturday to win the co-angler division and earn $2,144.

The top 10 co-anglers were:

               1st:          Joshua Jenkins, Indianapolis, Ind., two bass, 6-0, $2,144

               2nd:         Scott Standafer, Hamilton, Ohio, two bass, 5-8, $949

               3rd:          Steve Keller Jr., Bethel, Ohio, two bass, 4-1, $633

               4th:          Jeremy New, Yorktown, Ind., two bass, 3-13, $543

               5th:          Darron Read, Elizabethtown, Ind., one bass, 3-10, $429

               6th:          Charles Hardin, Evansville, Ind., two bass, 3-8, $348

               7th:          Brant Gish, Evansville, Ind., one bass, 3-3, $300

               7th:          Tom Legear, Richmond, Ind., two bass, 3-3, $300

               9th:          Austin LeClere, Cannelton, Ind., two bass, 3-2, $253

               10th:        Gary Owens, Columbus, Ind., three bass, 3-0, $210

               10th:        Ron Weisenburger, Continental, Ohio, two bass, 3-0, $210

Jenkins also caught the biggest bass of the tournament in the co-angler division, a fish weighing 4 pounds, 4 ounces, and earned the day’s Co-angler Big Bass award of $247.

The top 50 boaters and 50 co-anglers based on point standings will qualify for the Sept. 29 - Oct. 1 Regional Championship on Lake Chickamauga in Dayton, Tennessee. 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 Snapchat: @FLWFishing.

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