UPCOMING EVENT: HIGH SCHOOL FISHING - 2019 - Pickwick Lake

FISHING LEAGUE WORLDWIDE

Matlock Flips Bushes for Title

Matlock Flips Bushes for Title
Tyler Matlock

Tyler Matlock of Omaha, Arkansas, caught 11 pounds, 9 ounces of bass Saturday to win the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Arkie Division tournament on Greers Ferry Lake. For his efforts, Matlock took home $3,205.

“I stayed in the upper lake area, in the creeks, fishing for largemouth in clumps of bushes,” says Matlock, who earned his second career victory in BFL competition. “There were little stretches – maybe 50-yards long – of those clumps, but they might only hold a few fish. I probably fished 10 or 15 of the stretches and caught keepers out of two creeks.

“I started off with a couple of topwater baits, but couldn’t get anything going,” continues Matlock. “After a little breeze picked up, I switched to a ½-ounce (chartreuse and white-colored) Chompers spinnerbait with a (White Pearl-colored) Zoom Split Tail trailer and caught a Kentucky bass. As I got out of the wind, I switched to a (Texas-rigged, green-pumpkin Reaction Innovations) Sweet Beaver and pitched the bushes. Within five minutes I caught a good keeper largemouth and within the hour I had four, including three of my biggest.”

At that time, Matlock says he went farther upriver and caught another keeper largemouth on the spinnerbait to cull out his Kentucky bass. He culled one more time, also up the river, using the Sweet Beaver with 30 to 40 minutes left to fish.

 

The top 10 boaters:

 1st: Tyler Matlock, Omaha, Ark., five bass, 11-9, $3,205

 2nd: Shawn Gordon, Russellville, Ark., five bass, 10-14, $2,053

 3rd: Jessie Clark, Bonnerdale, Ark., five bass, 10-6, $1,068

 4th: Dylan Hays, El Dorado, Ark., five bass, 9-12, $848

 5th: Chip Hawkins, Little Rock, Ark., five bass, 9-8, $614

 5th: Spencer Shuffield, Hot Springs, Ark., five bass, 9-8, $614

 7th: Travis Mosley, Benton, Ark., five bass, 9-6, $534

 8th: Charlie Lawrence, Plainview, Ark., five bass, 9-4, $481

 9th: Shad Reeves, Batesville, Ark., five bass, 8-13, $379

 9th: Kevin Brown, Hot Springs, Ark., five bass, 8-13, $829

 9th: Allan Reaves, Pottsville, Ark., five bass, 8-13, $379

Complete results can be found at FLWFishing.com.

Nick Jones of Benton, Arkansas, caught a 4-pound, 4-ounce bass – the heaviest of the event in the Boater Division – and earned the day’s Boater Big Bass award of $385.

 

Co-angler Tony Smith

Smith wins co-angler title

Tony Smith of Bryant, Arkansas, won the Co-angler Division and $1,703 Saturday after catching five bass weighing 9 pounds, 12 ounces.

 

The top 10 co-anglers:

 1st: Tony Smith, Bryant, Ark., five bass, 9-12, $1,703

 2nd: David Hardin, Bethel, Okla., five bass, 9-0, $801

 3rd: Aaron Calvert, Russellville, Ark., five bass, 8-12, $683

 4th: Tony Reynolds, Austin, Ark., four bass, 8-6, $566

 5th: Robert Scott, Little Rock, Ark., five bass, 8-2, $371

 6th: Stan Cullipher, Malvern, Ark., five bass, 7-9, $294

 7th: Alan West, Searcy, Ark., five bass, 7-8, $267

 8th: Randy Bridges, Quitman, Ark., five bass, 7-5, $240

 9th: Pete Clark, Malvern, Ark., five bass, 7-3, $200

 9th: Bradley Branson, Bryant, Ark., five bass, 7-3, $200

Reynolds caught the heaviest bass in the Co-angler Division, a fish weighing in at 3 pounds, 7 ounces. The catch earned him the day’s Co-angler Big Bass award of $192.

 

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. 24-26 BFL Regional Championship on Grand Lake in Grove, Oklahoma. Boaters will compete for a top award of a Ranger Z518L with a 200-horsepower outboard and $20,000, while co-anglers will fish for a new Ranger Z518L with a 200-horsepower outboard.

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