UPCOMING EVENT: Costa FLW Series - 2019 - Lake Mead

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Chris Martinkovic

Chris Martinkovic of Hamilton, Ohio, won the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Buckeye Division tournament on the Ohio River Saturday after catching five bass weighing 9 pounds, 2 ounces. For his efforts, Martinkovic took home $6,640.

 

“I only fished about five miles from the takeoff ramp because the main river is flooded and there was a lot of debris,” says Martinkovic, who notched his fifth career-win in BFL competition – third on the Ohio River. “I picked apart flooded wood in less than 2 feet of water and caught 10 to 15 keepers.

 

“The majority of my fish were caught on a black (D&L Tackle) Advantage Jig with a black (Zoom) Super Chunk Jr. trailer,” continued Martinkovic. “I hit about 20 small areas with debris and logjams and did a lot of culling.”

 

Martinkovic's personal history on the river was a crucial part of his success.

 

“It’s my home pool, so I know just about every piece of wood out there,” says Martinkovic. “When it’s muddy like that you have to put your head down and fish. There weren’t too many secrets out there.”

 

The top 10 boaters finished the tournament in:

              

1st:          Chris Martinkovic, Hamilton, Ohio, five bass, 9-2, $4,640 + $2,000 Ranger Cup Bonus

2nd:         Chris Wilkinson, Farmersburg, Ind., five bass, 7-7, $1,730

2nd:         James Hailstones, Cincinnati, Ohio, five bass, 7-7, $1,730

4th:          Sean Wieda, Florence, Ky., five bass, 7-5, $970

5th:          Ronald Nutter, Saint Louisville, Ohio, five bass, 7-2, $931

6th:          Cody Seeger, Lewistown, Ohio, five bass, 6-15, $762

7th:          Mike Combs, Frenchburg, Ky., five bass, 6-14, $693

8th:          Dave Fricke, Hamilton, Ohio, three bass, 6-11, $623

9th:          Josh Smith, Hamilton, Ohio, five bass, 6-10, $554

10th:        Craig Burwell, North Baltimore, Ohio, five bass, 6-7, $485

 

Complete results can be found at FLWFishing.com.  

 

Martinkovic’s limit included a 3-pound, 11-ounce bass – the heaviest of the event in the Boater Division – and earned the day’s Boater Big Bass award of $285.

 

Co-angler Colton Lindsey

 

Lindsey wins co-angler title

 

Colton Lindsey of Raymond, Ohio, won the Co-angler Division and $2,178 Saturday after catching four bass weighing 5 pounds, 11 ounces.

 

The top 10 co-anglers:

              

1st:          Colton Lindsey, Raymond, Ohio, four bass, 5-11, $2,178

2nd:         Kenny Mitchell, Franklin, Ohio, five bass, 5-7, $1,039

3rd:          Gary Hoffman, Stoutsville, Ohio, three bass, 5-6, $691

4th:          Jeffrey Yost, Zanesfield, Ohio, three bass, 4-15, $770

5th:          Lawrence Clontz, Middletown, Ohio, four bass, 4-5, $416

6th:          Brett Warrick, Westerville, Ohio, four bass, 4-2, $431

7th:          Bill Cordle, London, Ohio, two bass, 3-14, $346

8th:          Ryan Sykes, Hamilton, Ohio, two bass, 3-13, $312

9th:          Hunter Fillmore, Waynesville, Ohio, two bass, 3-8, $277

10th:        Herbert Jones, Cincinnati, Ohio, two bass, 3-5, $242

 

Yost caught the largest bass in the Co-angler Division – a fish weighing 3 pounds, 3 ounces – and earned the day’s Co-angler Big Bass award of $285.

 

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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