UPCOMING EVENT: T-H Marine BFL - 2019 - Lake Norman

FISHING LEAGUE WORLDWIDE

Myers Works Worms for W

Chris Myers

Chris Myers of Madison, Indiana, weighed a five-bass limit totaling 16 pounds, 13 ounces Saturday to win the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Hoosier Division event on Lake Monroe presented by Navionics. Myers took home $6,394 for his victory.

“Summertime in the Hoosier division is tough fishing,” says Myers, who earned his third career BFL win – second on Lake Monroe. “To win you have to have a perfect day. You have to boat every keeper that bites and I did – I had six bites all day long and I boated them all.

“The key for me in this event was mental strength,” Myers continues. “I had engine problems on Friday, the day before the tournament. It wouldn’t even start. I took it to a local dealer and they fixed some loose wires and got it to where it would start, go forward and in reverse. I didn’t even have time to take it out on the water and make sure that I could get on plane.

“I didn’t want to take a chance during game day and I didn’t want to get too far away because I didn’t want to break down again, so all day long I fished no further than 2 miles from the launch ramp – all idle, never once on plane.”

Myers caught his six keepers on Texas-rigged soft plastic worms – 5-inch green pumpkin, 7-inch electric blue and 12-inch solid black.

“I caught them as shallow as 6 inches and as deep as 12 feet,” Myers says. “I don’t think that size or color mattered. I was fishing shallow buck brush and deep water stumps and rock piles. Three came shallow and three came deep.

“You have to have the right kind of makeup to fish bass tournaments,” Myers went on to say. “Tough things happen to everybody, and when they happen to you, you have to embrace it. I certainly did not think that I was going to win, but I thought that if I put my head down and fished hard that I could possibly cash a check. It turned out that my day was better than that.”

 

The top 10 boaters:

1st:          Chris Myers, Madison, Ind., five bass, 16-13, $6,394

2nd:         Frank McClain, Scottsburg, Ind., five bass, 14-15, $2,197

3rd:         Jeramiah Sifers, New Albany, Ind., five bass, 14-6, $1,464

4th:         Scott Bateman, Jasper, Ind., five bass, 14-0, $1,225

5th:         Brad Stogsdill, Nashville, Ind., five bass, 12-14, $879

6th:         James Richardson Jr., Cincinnati, Ohio, five bass, 11-0, $805

7th:         Phil Hunt, Connersville, Ind., three bass, 10-15, $732

8th:         David Spivey, Hamilton, Ohio, three bass, 10-14, $1,552

8th:         Shane Oxford, Saint Meinrad, Ind., five bass, 10-14, $622

10th:       Bryce Kalen, Indianapolis, Ind., four bass, 10-10, $513

Complete results can be found at FLWFishing.com.

Spivey caught a 6-pound, 10-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 $630.

 

Co-angler Ryan Sykes

Sykes wins Co-angler Division

Ryan Skyes of Hamilton, Ohio weighed in five bass totaling 16 pounds, 11 ounces Saturday to win the Co-angler Division and the top prize of $2,393.

 

The top 10 co-anglers:

1st:          Ryan Sykes, Hamilton, Ohio, five bass, 16-11, $2,393

2nd:         David Jenkins, Shelbyville, Ind., two bass, 10-15, $1,406

3rd:         Gary Hoffman, Stoutsville, Ohio, two bass, 6-13, $621

3rd:         Leroy Miller, Napoleon, Ohio, two bass, 6-13, $621

5th:         Charlie Kuebler, Jasper, Ind., three bass, 6-11, $439

6th:         Jim Betts, Fort Wayne, Ind., two bass, 5-14, $402

7th:         Jason Bailey, Mooresville Ind., two bass, 5-13, $347

7th:         Dave Roberts, Indianapolis, Ind., one bass, 5-13, $347

9th:         Greg Roberts, Columbus, Ind., two bass, 5-10, $292

10th:       Tyler Buell, Lafayette, Ind., two bass, 5-8, $256

Jenkins weighed a 6-pound, 4-ounce bass which earned him the day’s Co-angler Big Bass award and $310.

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.

 

Tags: hoosier-division  lake-monroe  headline-story  2017-06-17-lake-monroe 

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