UPCOMING EVENT: TOYOTA SERIES - 2020 - Lake Cumberland

McKee's Morris Goes Wire-To-Wire, Wins Costa FLW Series on Kentucky/Barkley Lakes presented by Lowrance

McKee's Morris Goes Wire-To-Wire, Wins Costa FLW Series on Kentucky/Barkley Lakes presented by Lowrance
Jake Morris

GILBERTSVILLE, Ky. – Pro Jake Morris of McKee, Kentucky, brought just two bass weighing 5 pounds, 12 ounces, to the scale Saturday, but as it turned out he could have took the day off. Morris’ big 24-pound, 10-ounce Day One limit on Thursday was enough to propel him into the early lead and go wire-to wire to win the Costa FLW Series at Kentucky Lake presented by Lowrance. Morris’ three-day total of 10 bass weighing 44 pounds, 2 ounces gave him the win by a 6-pound, 14-ounce margin over second-place pro Steve Floyd of Leesburg, Ohio, and earned him $39,608 in the three-day event that kicked off the 2019 FLW Series Central Division season.

“I’m just as proud of the two that I caught today as the 24 (pounds) that I had on Thursday,” said Morris, who also won a T-H Marine Bass Fishing League (BFL) Regional Championship tournament on Lake Barkley in 2010. “It was tough out there today. My nerves are shot. It was a half-hour boat ride back and I thought for sure I had blown it. It hasn’t even sunk in that I won yet – maybe it will tomorrow.”

Morris said that he fished the same 75-yard stretch all three days of competition – a big flat that had a ditch against the bank, near the mouth of the Little River in Lake Barkley. He said that his key bait for the week was a 3/8-ounce Stan Sloan spinnerbait with a chartreuse skirt, Colorado and willow-leaf blade and a white Zoom Fat Albert Grubl trailer.

“I was making the same cast and getting tired of looking at it,” Morris joked. “I think the key was two main things – the water color was dirtier back in my area and the temperature was 3 to 4 degrees warmer.

“I worried myself sick all day long, so to get the win today is crazy,” Morris went on to say. “I won a BFL regional event here and that was special, but this one feels a little better because the competition was so tough. I had a great week and it’s a tournament I will remember for a long time.”

The top 10 pros on Kentucky and Barkley lakes finished:

 1st: Jake Morris, McKee, Ky., 10 bass, 44-2, $39,608

 2nd: Steve Floyd, Leesburg, Ohio, 12 bass, 37-4, $15,548

 3rd: Shawn Kowal, Linn Creek, Mo., 12 bass, 36-9, $11,982

 4th: Jimmy Washam, Covington, Tenn., nine bass, 35-11, $9,902

 5th: Cole Floyd, Leesburg, Ohio, 11 bass, 35-6, $8,912

 6th: Dan Morehead, Paducah, Ky., eight bass, 30-5, $7,922

 7th: Brad Cook, Afton, Okla., nine bass, 30-3, $7,131

 8th: Christopher Jones, Bokoshe, Okla., eight bass, 28-15, $5,941

 9th: William Campbell, Middlesboro, Ky., nine bass, 28-8, $4,951

 10th: Travis Wilson, La Harpe, Ill., seven bass, 23-6, $3,961

A complete list of results can be found at FLWFishing.com.

Steven Hatala of Harrison Township, Michigan, weighed an 8-pound, 11-ounce, largemouth Thursday – the biggest of the tournament in the Pro Division. For his catch, Hatala earned the day’s Boater Big Bass award of $294.

Troy Bickers of Carrollton, Kentucky, won the Co-angler Division and a Ranger Z175 with a 115-horsepower Evinrude or Mercury outboard motor with a three-day total of five bass weighing 20 pounds, 14 ounces.

The top 10 co-anglers on Kentucky and Barkley lakes finished:

 1st: Troy Bickers, Carrollton, Ky., five bass, 20-14, Ranger Z175 w/ 115-horsepower outboard

 2nd: Chad Allison, Carl Junction, Mo., seven bass, 20-7, $5,069

 3rd: Kit Lueg, Olathe, Kan., six bass, 19-10, $4,125

 4th: Christopher Stites Sr., Lebanon, Tenn., six bass, 19-5, $3,478

 5th: Bill Fussell, Thibodaux, La., four bass, 17-8, $2,981

 6th: Craig Hulsey, Park Hills, Mo., five bass, 17-3, $2,484

 7th: Kennith George, Edmond, Okla., five bass, 14-15, $2,038

 8th: Kevin Mahlke, Wentzville, Mo., four bass, 14-14, $1,739

 9th: Steve Madar, Starkville, Miss., four bass, 14-11, $1,491

 10th: Howard Poitevint, Bainbridge, Ga., three bass, 14-2, $1,492

Bickers caught a fish weighing 8 pounds, 3 ounces, out of the back of the boat Friday – the largest bass in the Co-angler Division – to win the Co-angler Big Bass award of $196.

The Costa FLW Series on Kentucky/Barkley lakes presented by Lowrance was hosted by the Kentucky Lake Convention & Visitors Bureau. It was the first of three Central Division tournaments of the 2019 regular season. The next tournament for FLW Series anglers will be the Costa FLW Series at Santee Cooper presented by Power-Pole, held April 25-27 in Summerton, South Carolina. 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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