UPCOMING EVENT: Costa FLW Series - 2019 - Santee Cooper

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Magic Tree Takes Summerlin to Top

Magic Tree Takes Summerlin to Top
Gil Summerlin

Gil Summerlin of Guntersville, Alabama, caught a five-bass limit weighing 16 pounds, 3 ounces, Saturday to win the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Choo Choo Division event on Lewis Smith Lake. For his win, Summerlin earned $4,652.

Summerlin spent the event fishing a long clay point, a few miles from the dam, where he’d caught a good keeper in practice.

“I casted to the same place I’d caught the big one in practice and got hung up on a tree that I didn’t know was there,” says Summerlin, who earned his second career win in BFL competition. “I retrieved my bait, returned to my waypoint and casted back to it and caught a 4-pound spotted bass. It ended up being my magic tree.”

Summerlin says the tree was the only one along the point and was 20 feet deep.

“About every 30 minutes the tree reloaded,” says Summerlin. “They came up schooling on that point all day long until about 11 a.m. We probably caught 40 to 45 fish from that one spot all day.”

Summerlin's most productive baits were a Fish Head Spin with a Sexy Shad-colored Big Bite Baits swimbait and a wacky-rigged green-pumpkin-colored Strike King KVD Perfect Plastic Ocho.

 

The top 10 boaters:

1st:          Gil Summerlin, Guntersville, Ala., five bass, 16-3, $4,652

2nd:         Jeff Kitchens, Auburn, Ala., five bass, 15-8, $2,326

3rd:          Mitch Mitchell, Muscle Shoals, Ala., five bass, 14-12, $1,751

4th:          David Milsaps, Ranger, Ga., five bass, 14-10, $1,486

5th:          Lee Black, Danville, Ala., five bass, 14-1, $930

6th:          Todd Lee, Jasper, Ala., five bass, 13-15, $853

7th:          Griffin Phillips, Mount Olive, Ala., five bass, 13-14, $697

7th:          Danny Shell, Albertville, Ala., five bass, 13-14, $697

7th:          Matt Graves, Little Rock, Ark., five bass, 13-14, $697

10th:        Jake Roberson, Tuscumbia, Ala., five bass, 13-10, $543

Complete results can be found at FLWFishing.com.

Scott Wright of Carbon Hill, Alabama, brought a 4-pound, 10-ounce bass to the scale – the heaviest of the event in the Boater Division – and earned the day’s Boater Big Bass award of $685.

 

Stephenson wins co-angler title

Justin Stephenson of Jasper, Alabama, won the Co-angler Division and $2,288 Saturday after catching five bass weighing 14 pounds, 4 ounces.

 

The top 10 co-anglers:

1st:          Justin Stephenson, Jasper, Ala., five bass, 14-4, $2,288

2nd:         William Ryan, Jasper, Ala., five bass, 13-15, $1,144

3rd:          Brian Warfel, Woodbridge, Va., five bass, 12-10, $862

4th:          Tyler Power, Birmingham, Ala., five bass, 12-7, $534

5th:          Larry Hughes, Summertown, Tenn., five bass, 11-11, $458

6th:          Larry McNeil, Huntsville, Ala., five bass, 11-10, $419

7th:          Daniel Douglas, Meridianville, Ala., five bass, 11-9, $431

8th:          Jody Moore, Hixson, Tenn., five bass, 11-7, $343

9th:          Josh Clark, Logan, Ala., four bass, 11-2, $305

10th:        Michael Park, Birmingham, Ala., four bass, 11-1, $267

Leandra McClendon Jr. of Trussville, Alabama, caught the largest bass in the Co-angler Division weighing in at 4 pounds, 13 ounces. The catch earned him the day’s Co-angler Big Bass award of $332.

 

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. 25-27 BFL Regional Championship on Lake Chickamauga in Dayton, Tennessee. 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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