UPCOMING EVENT: TOYOTA SERIES - 2020 - Lake Eufaula

Carolina Rig Carries Mackey to Top

Carolina Rig Carries Mackey to Top
Tommy Mackey

Tommy Mackey of Bryan, Texas, weighed a five-bass limit totaling 26 pounds, 11 ounces, Saturday to win the second T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Cowboy Division tournament on Sam Rayburn Reservoir. For his win, Mackey took home $8,000.

“Most of the bass I caught during the event came from two areas near the Highway 147 bridge,” says Mackey, who earned his first career win in FLW competition. “The first stop had submerged trees where fish were staging to move into a spawning pocket. Fishing around 15 feet of water, I used a green-pumpkin-colored Zoom Brush Hog on a Carolina rig and caught 12 to 15 bass.

“The second area was an outside grass line about five miles south of the bridge,” continues Mackey. “The fish were getting ready to spawn, similar to the bass in the trees. I only caught six on the Brush Hog, but they were a lot of heavier than what I was averaging.”

Mackey mixed a third area into his day – a drain leading into a spawning pocket – but only weighed a single bass from it.

“I caught a 5-pounder on a blue chartreuse-colored Norman DD22 Crankbait,” says Mackey. “I was casting into 12 to 14 feet of water. It was a solid catch that anchored my limit.”

The top 10 boaters:

1st:          Tommy Mackey, Bryan, Texas, five bass, 26-11, $6,000 + $2,000 Ranger Cup Bonus

2nd:         Shane Howell, Franklin, Texas, five bass, 23-2, $3,000

3rd:          Stephen Johnston, Hemphill, Texas, five bass, 21-7, $2,200

4th:          Blake Schroeder, Whitehouse, Texas, five bass, 20-5, $1,500

5th:          Kevin Lasyone, Dry Prong, La., five bass, 20-2, $1,200

6th:          Eason Dowden, Many, La., five bass, 20-1, $1,100

7th:          David Mansue, Hemphill, Texas, five bass, 19-14, $1,000

8th:          Dillon Harrell, New Caney, Texas, five bass, 19-1, $900

9th:          Phil Addison, Baytown, Texas, five bass, 18-3, $800

10th:        Clay Phillips, Huntington, Texas, five bass, 18-2, $700

Complete results can be found at FLWFishing.com.  

Terry Cole of Houston, Texas, caught an 8-pound, 1-ounce bass – the largest of the event – which earned him the day’s Boater Big Bass award of $1000.

 

Co-angler Chris Sims

Sims wins co-angler award

Chris Sims of Houston, Texas, weighed in five bass totaling 16 pounds, 11 ounces Saturday to win the co-angler division and earn $2,991.

The top 10 co-anglers:

1st:          Chris Sims, Houston, Texas, five bass, 16-11, $2,991

2nd:         David Kayda, Huffman, Texas, five bass, 15-15, $1,595

3rd:          Robert Laird Sr., Livingston, Texas, five bass, 15-5, $998

4th:          Michael Vining, Little Elm, Texas, five bass, 15-3, $698

5th:          Justin Seeton, Midlothian, Texas, five bass, 15-1, $598

6th:          Brian Murphy, Sulphur, La., five bass, 14-12, $548

7th:          Steven Fisher, Lufkin, Texas, 14-6, $498

8th:          Clay Sammons, Whitesboro, Texas, 13-15, $449

9th:          Nathan Wharton, Sulphur, La., five bass, 13-11, $399

10th:        Hugh Cosculluela, The Woodlands, Texas, five bass, 13-8, $331

10th:        Tommy Henley, Gonzales, La., five bass, 13-8, $331

Antwon Harris of Deridder, Louisiana, caught the biggest bass of the tournament in the co-angler division, a fish weighing 6 pounds, 12 ounces, and earned the day’s Co-angler Big Bass award of $495.

The top 45 boaters and co-anglers in the region based on point standings, along with the five winners in each qualifying event, will be entered in the Oct. 19-21 BFL Regional Championship on the Red River in Bossier City, Louisiana. Boaters will compete for a top award of a Ranger Z518C with a 200-horsepower Evinrude outboard and $20,000, while co-anglers will fish for a new Ranger Z518C with a 200-horsepower Evinrude outboard.

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