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Vonore’s Butler Wins Costa FLW Series Tournament on Lake Chickamauga Presented by T-H Marine

Vonore’s Butler Wins Costa FLW Series Tournament on Lake Chickamauga Presented by T-H Marine

DAYTON, Tenn. – Fishing in his sixth event with Fishing League Worldwide (FLW), pro Brent Butler of Vonore, Tennessee, caught a five-bass limit Saturday weighing 16 pounds, 11 ounces, to win the Costa FLW Series at Lake Chickamauga presented by T-H Marine. Butler’s three-day total of 15 bass weighing 68 pounds, 8 ounces, was enough to earn him the victory at the Southeastern Division tournament and a check for $45,800.

In route to victory, Butler posted an above-average start to the tournament Thursday, catching 14 pounds of bass to sit in 40th place. He said he put together his limit fishing shallow bars and shell beds mid-lake, with a ½-ounce, chrome-colored Strike King Red Eye Shad crankbait.

Heading into Friday, Butler said he knew he needed more weight to have a shot at winning. He switched patterns completely, fishing seven new areas near major creek mouths, and produced a 37-pound, 5-ounce haul – the fifth-largest limit in FLW Series history.

“All I was catching [Thursday] was buck bass, and with 14 [pounds] and change, I knew I needed to swing for the fences,” said Butler, who earned his first win in FLW competition. “I started looking for staging areas for both prespawn and postspawn females. I went offshore, and honestly, I got my timing down and saw what the bait was doing – how it was hanging out off of ledges and things of that nature. I just kept paying attention to it and the wind direction and I would occasionally see them on the graph and knew they were in the area. They were following gizzard shad. I sat in 30 feet and caught them out of 15 feet of water.

“I think they were heading in [prespawn], but the two big ones – two 10-plus pounders – were postspawn,” continued Butler. “I caught them almost on back-to-back casts.”

Butler said he had seven bites Friday. He said he used a custom Super G Lures umbrella rig with 4.3-inch, shad-colored Keitech swimbaits to catch three of the monster limit and a chartreuse and shad-colored Lucky Craft Flash Pointer 100 jerkbait for the other two.

On Saturday, Butler didn’t catch nearly as much weight as he did Friday, but was able to put together the right bites at the end of the day.

“I ran those areas again today, and I saw the bait down in the creek and river channels. I only saw one school of gizzard shad come up under my graph in 15 of water and I could see two [bass] following it, but I couldn’t get them to cooperate. That was the only school I saw out of all those areas.”

With only one small bass in the boat at 1 [p.m.], Butler again made a change, running 32 miles to fish shallow ledges with stumps between the Highway 60 bridge and Mud Creek. He caught a couple more fish on the umbrella rig, one on the Red Eye Shad and three on the Lucky Craft jerkbait.

The top 10 pros on Lake Chickamauga finished:

 1st: Brent Butler, Vonore, Tenn., 15 bass, 68-8, $45,800

 2nd: Bryan Thrift, Shelby, N.C., 15 bass, 63-0, $17,200

 3rd: Derek Hicks, Rocky Face, Ga., 15 bass, 61-0, $12,850

 4th: Cody Nichols, Fayette, Ala., 15 bass, 57-11, $10,750

 5th: David Gaston, Sylacauga, Tenn., 15 bass, 53-13, $9,750

 6th: Rusty White, Harrison, Tenn., 10 bass, 52-10, $8,675

 7th: Dustin Evans, Eads, Tenn., 15 bass, 49-8, $7,300

 8th: Brandon Stanley, Johnson City, Tenn., 12 bass, 48-12, $6,300

 9th: Buddy Gross, Chickamauga, Ga., 14 bass, 48-3, $5,300

 10th: Steve Stanfill, Dawsonville, Ga., 10 bass, 38-14, $4,200

A complete list of results will be posted at FLWFishing.com.

One of Butler’s giants on Friday weighed 11 pounds, 10 ounces, and was the biggest of the tournament in the Pro Division. For his catch, Butler also earned the day’s Boater Big Bass award of $300.

Scott Ostmann of Cincinnati, Ohio, won the Co-angler Division with a three-day total catch of 15 bass weighing 54 pounds, 12 ounces. For his win, Ostmann took home a prize package including a Ranger Z175 with a 115-horsepower outboard motor and $5,000.

The top 10 co-anglers on Lake Chickamauga finished:

 1st: Scott Ostmann, Cincinnati, Ohio, 15 bass, 54-12, $32,800

 2nd: Doug Iorio II, Kennerdell, Pa., 14 bass, 41-15, $5,375

 3rd: Kevin Gordon, Aiken, S.C., 12 bass, 40-9, $4,350

 4th: Alan Hults, Gautier, Miss., 13 bass, 38-14, $3,900

 5th: Josh Womack, Gallatin, Tenn., 14 bass, 35-8, $3,150

 6th: Don Lewis, Jacksonville, Fla., 10 bass, 32-15, $2,650

 7th: Michael Leach, The Woodlands, Texas, 10 bass, 32-0, $2,150

 8th: Stephen Kocell, Waxhaw, N.C., nine bass, 25-15, $1,925

 9th: Josh Lockard, Somerset, Ky., 10 bass, 22-10, $1,530

 10th: Tony Prince, Pulaski, Tenn., nine bass, 22-7, $1,290

Scott Towry of Lawrenceburg, Tennessee, caught the biggest bass of the tournament in the Co-angler Division Friday, a behemoth largemouth weighing 11 pounds, 2 ounces. For his catch, Towry earned the day’s Co-angler Big Bass award of $200.

The Costa FLW Series on Lake Chickamauga presented by T-H Marine was hosted by Fish Dayton. It was the second of three Southeastern Division tournaments of the 2019 regular season. The next tournament for FLW Series anglers will be the Costa FLW Series at Kentucky Lake presented by Lowrance, held April 4 - 6 in Gilbertsville, Kentucky. For a complete schedule, visit FLWFishing.com.

The Costa FLW Series consists of five U.S. divisions – Central, Northern, Southeastern, Southwestern and Western – along with the International division. Each U.S. division consists of three regular-season tournaments with competitors vying for valuable points that could earn them the opportunity to compete in the season-ending Costa FLW Series Championship. The 2019 Costa FLW Series Championship is being held Oct. 31 – Nov. 2 on Lake Cumberland in Burnside, Kentucky.

For complete details and updated information visit FLWFishing.com. For regular updates, photos, tournament news and more, follow the Costa FLW Series on FLW’s social media outlets at FacebookTwitterInstagram, and YouTube.

About FLW

FLW is the world’s largest tournament-fishing organization, providing anglers of all skill levels the opportunity to compete for millions in prize money in 2019 across five tournament circuits. Headquartered in Benton, Kentucky, with offices in Minneapolis, FLW and their partners conduct more than 290 bass-fishing tournaments annually around the world, including the United States, Canada, China, Italy, South Korea, Mexico, Portugal, South Africa and Spain. FLW tournament fishing can be seen on the Emmy-nominated “FLW" television show while FLW Bass Fishing magazine delivers cutting-edge tips from top pros. For more information visit FLWFishing.com and follow FLW at FacebookTwitterInstagram, and YouTube.

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