UPCOMING EVENT: YETI College Fishing - 2019 - Sam Rayburn Reservoir


Carns Jerks on Patoka

Craig Carns

Craig Carns of Noblesville, Indiana, weighed four bass totaling 20 pounds, 12 ounces, Saturday to win the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Hoosier Division event on Lake Patoka presented by Navionics. Carns took home $4,872 for his victory.

“I only managed four bites, but I’m lucky that they were big bites,” says Carns, who earned the first win of his BFL career in his second career event. “I’m originally from Pennsylvania, and it was only my second time fishing the lake. I had gone out last weekend for a day and I found a little bit of a pattern – wind-blown main-lake points. I was catching them with a swimbait and jerkbait, so I went with that again in the tournament.

“I hit several different points throughout the day,” Carns says. “The fish were still pretty deep, but they were coming up from 16 feet and just hammering my bait. I just cruised around and was trying to find the cleaner water with the wind-blown points. I had several followers but it was tough getting them to commit.”

Carns credited his 7-foot, 6-inch heavy-action Kistler rod as being the key to his win, along with some jerkbait tips that he got back in Pennsylvania.

“I relied on advice that I was given from my pals at Susquehanna Fishing Tackle store in Columbia, Pennsylvania,” Carns says. “They taught me how to fish a jerkbait at this time of year and how to use the sun to my advantage.”


Top 10 boaters

                1st:           Craig Carns, Noblesville, Ind., four bass, 20-12, $4,872

                2nd:          Jim Pickett, Trafalgar, Ind., five bass, 18-4, $2,436

                3rd:          Billy Baar, New Whiteland, Ind., four bass, 14-15, $1,623

                4th:           Stu Moyer, Indianapolis, Ind., four bass, 13-0, $1,337

                5th:           Scott Bateman, Jasper, Ind., three bass, 12-14, $1,074

                6th:           Chris Myers, Madison, Ind., three bass, 12-10, $893

                7th:           Todd Hensley, New Albany, Ind., three bass, 11-14, $812

                8th:           Dick Shaffer, Rockford, Ohio, three bass, 11-9, $1,466

                9th:           Jeremy New, Yorktown, Ind., three bass, 11-2, $650

                10th:        Daniel Langton, Haubstadt, Ind., three bass, 11-0, $568

Complete results

Shaffer caught a 7-pound, 2-ounce bass, which was the heaviest of the tournament in the Boater Division. The catch earned him the day’s Boater Big Bass award of $735 


Co-angler Laithen McBrayer

McBrayer gets one big one

Laithen McBrayer of Hobart, Indiana, weighed in one bass totaling 7 pounds, 5 ounces Saturday to win the co-angler division and the top prize of $2,765, along with the co-angler Big Bass Award of $362.


Top 10 co-anglers

                1st:           Laithen McBrayer, Hobart, Ind., one bass, 7-5, $2,765

                2nd:          Nicole Foor, Greens Fork, Ind., two bass, 7-4, $1,301

                3rd:          Jordan Nauert, Fillmore, Ind., two bass, 7-2, $806

                4th:           Garron Sneed, Charlestown, Ind., one bass, 5-10, $561

                5th:           Ronnie Gill, Indianapolis, Ind., one bass, 5-7, $481

                6th:           Vincent Dellolio, Brownsburg, Ind., one bass, 5-5, $441

                7th:           Michael Fairgrief, Indianapolis, Ind., one bass, 5-3, $380

                7th:           Robert Trey Lenear, Owenton, Ky., one bass, 5-3, $380

                9th:           John Harpold, Terre Haute, Ind., two bass, 4-14, $320

                10th:        Eli Lubbehusen, Huntingburg, Ind., two bass, 4-12, $280


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. 5-7 BFL Regional Championship on Kentucky Lake in Gilbertsville, Kentucky. 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.

The 2017 BFL is a 24-division circuit devoted to weekend anglers, with 128 tournaments throughout the season, five qualifying events in each division. The top 45 boaters and co-anglers from each division, along with the five winners of the qualifying events, will advance to one of six regional tournaments where they 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 performers in the BFL can move up to the Costa FLW Series or even the FLW Tour.

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