UPCOMING EVENT: PHOENIX BASS FISHING LEAGUE - 2020 - Sam Rayburn Reservoir

Murphy Cranks for Buckeye Title

Murphy Cranks for Buckeye Title
Michael Murphy

Michael Murphy of Troy, Ohio, won the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Buckeye Division tournament on Indian Lake Saturday with a five-bass limit weighing 11 pounds, 2 ounces. For his win, Murphy took home $4,610.

 

“When I found out I won, it was unbelievable,” says Murphy, who earned his first career-victory in FLW competition. “I’ve wanted that trophy for a long time. I never expected it in a million years.”

 

To craft his limit, Murphy sat in 3 feet of water and threw a shad-colored Luck-E-Strike RC2 crankbait along small rock patches between seawalls.

 

“I hit a 150-yard stretch around Wolf Island,” says Murphy. “I caught my limit within the first 40 minutes of the event, culled one in the next hour and caught my biggest fish at 9:15 (a.m.). The wind was blowing into the bank, and I think it was pushing baitfish into the rock patches. It was one of those magical mornings.”

 

The top 10 boaters:

              

1st:          Michael Murphy, Troy, Ohio, five bass, 11-2, $4,610

2nd:         Daniel Sepeck, West Union, Ohio, five bass, 10-10, $2,505

3rd:          Chris Bulaw, Wheaton, Ill., five bass, 10-1, $1,536

4th:          Dan Moran, London, Ohio, five bass, 9-10, $1,176

5th:          James Mayle, Newark, Ohio, five bass, 9-6, $845

5th:          John Roth, Lawrenceburg, Ind., four bass, 9-6, $845

5th:          James Hailstones, Cincinnati, Ohio, five bass, 9-6, $845

8th:          Kyle Weisenburger, Ottawa, Ohio, five bass, 9-4, $614

8th:          Tony Newland, Belle Center, Ohio, five bass, 9-4, $614

8th:          Brandon Good, Fort Jennings, Ohio, four bass, 9-4, $614

 

Complete results can be found at FLWFishing.com.  

 

Dave Perry of Trenton, Ohio, caught a bass weighing 4 pounds, 7 ounces – the heaviest of the event in the Boater Division – and earned the day’s Boater Big Bass award of $670.

 

 

Co-angler Brent Wilkens

 

Wilkens wins co-angler award

 

Brent Wilkens of Hamilton, Ohio, won the Co-angler Division and $2,505 Saturday after weighing five bass totaling 10 pounds, 5 ounces.

 

The top 10 co-anglers:

              

1st:          Brent Wilkens, Hamilton, Ohio, five bass, 10-5, $2,505

2nd:         Adam Coleman, Canal Winchester, Ohio, five bass, 8-7, $1,152

3rd:          Ryan McCusker, Beaver Falls, Pa., five bass, 7-3, $768

4th:          Alexander Datz, Thornville, Ohio, three bass, 6-15, $923

5th:          Jon Angstmann, Saint Marys, Ohio, five bass, 6-13, $461

6th:          Dennis Blakely, Norwalk, Ohio, four bass, 6-6, $423

7th:          Bradley Fulton, Ray, Ohio, four bass, 6-3, $384

8th:          Roy Lester, Hamilton, Ohio, three bass, 5-15, $346

9th:          Alfie Bricker, West Portsmouth, Ohio, three bass, 5-8, $307

10th:        Jeffrey Lewis, Greenup, Ky., three bass, 5-5, $269

 

Datz weighed the largest bass in the Co-angler Division – a 4-pound, 12-ouncer. The catch earned him the day’s Co-angler Big Bass award of $335.

 

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. 12-14 BFL Regional Championship on the Barren River in Scottsville, 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.

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