UPCOMING EVENT: TOYOTA SERIES - 2020 - Lake Hartwell

Williams Trusts Instinct for Win

Williams Trusts Instinct for Win
Jerry Williams

Jerry Williams of Conway, Arkansas, weighed a five-bass limit totaling 15 pounds, 7 ounces, Sunday to win the FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Arkie Division Super Tournament on Lake Dardanelle with a two-day total of 10 bass weighing 29 pounds, 12 ounces. Williams took home $7,619 for his efforts.

Williams says he targeted drops and ledges in areas on the lower end of Lake Dardanelle. He positioned his boat in 5 to 6 feet water and fished down to as deep as 20 feet.

“The fish were in brush on mussel bed drops and ledges,” says Williams, a former Walmart FLW Tour pro with three Forrest Wood Cup qualifications. “You had to have both mussels and brush for them to be there. There were spots with one or the other, but you absolutely needed to have both.”

Williams caught 13 keepers – including the biggest bass of the tournament - on a 3/4-ounce custom-made jig.

“The conditions were tough, so I was going for quality over quantity,” says Williams. “Most anglers were running down the banks, but I felt it was the wrong time of year for that pattern. I think that instinct is what helped me edge out the field.”

The top 10 boaters:

1st:          Jerry Williams, Conway, Ark., 10 bass, 29-12, $5,619 + $2,000 Ranger Cup Bonus

2nd:         Brandon Lee, Ratcliff, Ark., 10 bass, 29-4, $2,502

3rd:          Kerry Milner, Bono, Ark., nine bass, 28-3, $1,666

4th:          Brad Morgan, Ashdown, Ark., 10 bass, 26-8, $1,368

5th:          Troy Gibson, Mountain Home, Ark., 10 bass, 25-3, $1,001

6th:          Dicky Newberry, Houston, Texas, 10 bass, 25-3, $1,017

7th:          Sawyer Grace, Russellville, Ark., 10 bass, 23-6, $834

8th:          Jake Ormond, Sterlington, La., nine bass, 22-10, $751

9th:          Dustin Huggins, Russellville, Ark., 10 bass, 22-7, $667

10th:        Fred Martin, North Little Rock, Ark., nine bass, 21-14, $884

Complete results can be found at FLWFishing.com

Williams’ 5-pound, 10-ounce bass – the biggest of the tournament in the pro division – earned him the day’s Boater Big Bass award of $615.

 

Co-angler Tabitha Lancaster

Lancaster wins co-angler title

Tabitha Lancaster of Arkadelphia, Arkansas, won the co-angler division and earned $2,602 with a two-day cumulative catch of six bass weighing 17 pounds, 9 ounces.

The top 10 co-anglers:

1st:          Tabitha Lancaster, Arkadelphia, Ark., six bass, 17-9, $2,602

2nd:         Niketa Gooden, Lonoke, Ark., eight bass, 14-1, $1,251

3rd:          Stephen Simms, Hot Springs, Ark., six bass, 11-12, $834

4th:          Juan Barrientos, Clarksville, Ark., four bass, 11-10, $584

5th:          Jason Scoggins, Benton, Ark., five bass, 10-14, $500

6th:          Josh Ford, Mount Ida, Ark., four bass, 8-13, $459

7th:          Lawrence Dimas, Prattsville, Ark., four bass, 8-7, $417

8th:          Wayne Hutton, Imboden, Ark., four bass, 8-3, $425

9th:          Steve McDonald, Greenwood, Ark., two bass, 8-0, $334

10th:        Dustin Roberts, Clarksville, Ark., four bass, 7-15, $292

Justin Loggins of Marshall, Arkansas, caught the biggest bass of the tournament in the co-angler division Saturday, a fish weighing 4 pounds, 14 ounces, and earned the day’s Co-angler Big Bass award of $307.

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.

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Top 5 Patterns from Chickamauga – Day 2

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Top 5 Patterns from Chickamauga – Day 1

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Butler, Burghoff Tied for Chickamauga Lead

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McKendree Cruises Ahead on Harris

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College Championship Updates - Day 2

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Sam Houston Leads with 24-11

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College Championship Updates - Day 1

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Harris Chain Day 3 Coverage

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Strickland Sticks 31-Pound Megabag

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Harris Chain Day 2 Coverage

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Salewske Cracks 26 at Harris Chain

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FLW Live Leaderboard - Harris Chain

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