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Bates Crushes 22-15 on Ferguson

Bates Crushes 22-15 on Ferguson
Terry Bates

Terry Bates of Greenville weighed a 22-pound, 15-ounce limit of bass to win Saturday’s T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Mississippi Division tournament on Lake Ferguson. Bates pocketed $4,559 for his catch.

“I made a 40-minute run from takeoff to Lake Lee to fish humps,” says Bates, who earned his third career win in BFL competition. “I pulled up to one and caught three, but also lost a couple of good ones. There were a lot of gar in the area and they tore up my bait so I decided to leave.”

Bates used Watermelon Candy- and Black Ruby-colored Zoom Brush Hogs along with a Carolina-rigged 10-inch plum-colored Berkley Powerbait Power Worm. He also caught some fish with a ¾-ounce football-head jig with a Watermelon Candy Berkley Powerbait Chigger Craw trailer.

“I moved to another hump around 10 a.m. and caught two to finish my limit,” says Bates. “I kept moving and had five different areas to fish. I wasn’t able to cull so I went back to Lake Ferguson around 10:30 (a.m.).”

Bates’ winning limit was caught on 17-pound-test Berkley Trilene 100% Fluorocarbon line on a 7-foot, 11-inch Fenwick Elite Tech Casting Rod and Abu Garcia Revo SX Generation 3 reel.

“On Ferguson I fished some gravel humps in 15 to 20 feet of water,” says Bates. “I got rid of a small 13-incher from Lee with a 2½-pounder. The last fish I caught was at 12:30 (p.m.) – a 6-pound, 9-ouncer.”

Bates’ final bass ended up being the largest fish of the event – caught with the Carolina-rigged Watermelon Candy Brush Hog.

 

The top 10 boaters:

1st:          Terry Bates, Greenville, Miss., five bass, 22-15, $4,559

2nd:         Jeff Johnston, Marion, Ark., five bass, 20-12, $2,005

3rd:          Tim McDaniel, Grenada, Miss., five bass, 19-3, $1,336

4th:          Heath Gilmore, Meridian, Miss., five bass, 18-11, $1,135

5th:          Marty Torrence, Crystal Springs, Miss., five bass, 18-4, $802

6th:          Chad Mayfield, Brandon, Miss., five bass, 17-13, $835

7th:          Percy Jones, Brandon, Miss., five bass, 17-10, $668

8th:          Joel Barber, Brandon, Miss., five bass, 16-14, $601

9th:          Sawyer Sparks, Summit, Miss., five bass, 16-9, $535

10th:        David Dove, Steens, Miss., five bass, 16-7, $444

10th:        Brent Anderson, Kingston Springs, Tenn., five bass, 16-7, $444

Complete results can be found at FLWFishing.com.

Bates’ 6-pound, 9-ounce bass earned him the day’s Boater Big Bass award of $550.

 

Whipple wins co-angler title

Keith Whipple of Iuka, Mississippi, won the Co-angler Division and $2,205 Saturday after catching a five-bass limit weighing 21 pounds, 10 ounces.

 

The top 10 co-anglers:

1st:          Keith Whipple, Iuka, Miss., five bass, 21-10, $2,205

2nd:         Leland Brown, Fulton, Miss., five bass, 19-6, $1,002

3rd:          Bobby Bullock, Florence, Miss., five bass, 18-10, $718

4th:          Kevin Culpepper, Seminary, Miss., five bass, 16-9, $468

5th:          Austin Navarre, Carriere, Miss., five bass, 15-7, $401

6th:          Jim Pierce, Medon, Tenn., five bass, 14-8, $368

7th:          Jimmy Hughes, Bartlett, Tenn., five bass, 14-3, $334

8th:          John Swords, Collierville, Tenn., five bass, 13-4, $284

8th:          Justin Ketteringham, Pearl, Miss., five bass, 13-4, $284

10th:        Joseph Breeden, Brandon, Miss., five bass, 13-1, $234

Louis Stevens of Grenada, Mississippi, caught the largest bass in the Co-angler Division weighing in at 5 pounds, 7 ounces. The catch earned him the day’s Co-angler Big Bass award of $275.

The T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Mississippi Division tournament on Lake Ferguson was hosted by the Greenville/Washington County Convention & Visitors Bureau.

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. 18-20 BFL Regional Championship on Kentucky and Barkley lakes 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.

 

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