UPCOMING EVENT: TOYOTA SERIES - 2020 - Ft. Gibson

Transitions Key for White

Transitions Key for White
Pat White

Pat White of Batavia, Ohio, brought five bass to the scale Saturday weighing 9 pounds, 1 ounce, to win the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Buckeye Division tournament on the Ohio River at Maysville. For his efforts, White brought home $3,337.

White says he spent the tournament fishing the main river and in creeks near the Captain Anthony Meldahl Locks and Dam.

“I started out on the main river just trying to figure out the fish, and then headed into Big Locust Creek where I caught three keepers, including my biggest,” says White, who logged his first win in FLW competition. “I returned to the main river and caught two more keepers to finish out my limit.”

White caught his fish by focusing on transition areas where deep water met the flats.

“I think the fish wanted to move up on the flats, but with the boat pressure and the water fluctuation I think they were held back,” says White. “By 9 a.m. I had my limit, but the main-river bite died and the current stopped. I knew then that the fishing was going to slow down.

“I kept working my way down the river until I found a creek that I had confidence in. I found one, Big Threemile Creek, which had some boats in it. I pulled up and ran the pattern that had been working. I culled once, around 1 (p.m.), and that ended up being my second-largest fish of the day.”

White caught his six keepers with six different baits – a homemade jig with a Flippin’ Blue-colored Zoom Super Chunk Jr. (which caught his biggest), a homemade spinnerbait, an American Shad-colored Lucky Craft Series 1.0 crankbait, a homemade black and silver-colored crankbait, a green-pumpkin-colored Zoom Brush Hog and a green-pumpkin Berkley Powerbait Chigger Craw.

“We’ve had a bit of rain recently. Some of the creeks were a little stained and some were clearer, and I had baits laid out for both,” says White. “The river changes every day. The water fluctuates and the current comes and goes. You’ve just got to trust your gut out there.”

 

The top 10 boaters:

1st:          Pat White, Batavia, Ohio, five bass, 9-1, $3,337

2nd:         John Viox, Hebron, Ky., five bass, 8-5, $1,968

3rd:          Bob Robinson, Lebanon, Ohio, five bass, 7-2, $1,112

4th:          Mark Dove, North Vernon, Ind., five bass, 6-15, $779

5th:          Brody Campbell, Oxford, Ohio, five bass, 6-14, $667

6th:          Chris Wilkinson, Farmersburg, Ind., five bass, 6-11, $612

7th:          Chris Martinkovic, Hamilton, Ohio, five bass, 6-8, $756

8th:          Josh Smith, Hamilton, Ohio, five bass, 6-4, $501

9th:          Dennis Magoto, Waynesville, Ohio, five bass, 6-3, $545

10th:        Dan Fry, Marysville, Ohio, four bass, 6-1, $389

Complete results can be found at FLWFishing.com.

Steve Hengehold of Cincinnati, Ohio, brought a 2-pound, 13-ounce, bass to the scale – the heaviest of the event in the Boater Division – and earned the day’s Boater Big Bass award of $410.

 

Aldrige wins co-angler title

Frank Aldridge of Wheelersburg, Ohio, won the Co-angler Division and $1,668 Saturday after catching five bass weighing 6 pounds, 9 ounces.

 

The top 10 co-anglers:

1st:          Frank Aldridge, Wheelersburg, Ohio, five bass, 6-9, $1,668

2nd:         Aaron Stahley, Batavia, Ohio, four bass, 5-14, $1,034

3rd:          Jeff Gauspohl, Dayton, Ky., three bass, 5-4, $626

4th:          Raymond Olberding, Batavia, Ohio, three bass, 5-0, $389

5th:          Austin Thome, Oxford, Ohio, three bass, 4-15, $334

6th:          Brent Wilkens, Hamilton, Ohio, three bass, 4-7, $342

6th:          Mark Henderson, Martinsville, Ohio, two bass, 4-7, $292

8th:          Mike Jones, Okeana, Ohio, three bass, 4-4, $250

9th:          Clint Brodsky, Burlington, Ky., three bass, 4-2, $222

10th:        Howard Smith, Hamilton, Ohio, two bass, 3-13, $263

Smith caught the largest bass in the Co-angler Division weighing in at 2 pounds, 14 ounces. The catch earned him the day’s Co-angler Big Bass award of $68.

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. 11-13 BFL Regional Championship on Chesapeake Bay in North East, Maryland. 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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