(Sep. 18, 2012 - GROVE, OK)...
Blake Ellison of Inola, Okla., weighed a two-day total of 10 bass totaling 29 pounds, 2 ounces to win the Walmart Bass Fishing League Okie Division super tournament on Grand Lake in Grove, Okla., on Sunday. For his victory, Ellison earned $5,197.
"I was fishing a few different areas with a few different patterns," said Ellison." On the first day I started out fishing up the river, but it was rainy and drizzled all day, so I had to scramble to find the clear water. I moved deeper and found the clearer water, throwing a shaky head and topwater baits. I fished the breaklines, in 8 to 12 feet of water.
"On day two it cleared up a little bit, and I was able to fish shallow," Ellison continued. "I was flipping shallow wood and cover on flats using june-bug-colored beaver-style baits. The fishing was a little better on Saturday, as I boated over 20 keepers on Saturday and only 15 on Sunday."
Ellison credits his experience and decision making with getting him the win.
"I fished a lot out here last fall," he said. "And I had one day of practice last week. I knew that I could find them shallow, but during practice I really concentrated on finding them in the clear water in case it rained. I think that working the multiple patterns and keeping an open mind were the keys to my victory in this tournament."
Rounding out the top 10 pros were:
|2nd: ||Chris Torkleson ||Sand Springs, Okla. ||10 bass ||27-7 ||$2,598 |
|3rd: ||Preston Frazell ||Glenpool, Okla. ||nine bass ||27-0 ||$1,733 |
|4th: ||Lee Sanders ||Stillwater, Okla. ||10 bass ||26-15 ||$1,213 |
|5th: ||Zack Birge ||Blanchard, Okla. ||nine bass ||26-13 ||$1,039 |
|6th: ||Rick Kelley ||Ada, Okla. ||10 bass ||26-0 ||$953 |
|7th: ||Craig Smith ||Dewey, Okla. ||eight bass ||25-2 ||$866 |
|8th: ||Jason Wedel ||Lowell, Ark. ||eight bass ||24-6 ||$780 |
|9th: ||Jeff Bullinger ||Sapulpa, Okla. ||10 bass ||23-15 ||$693 |
|10th: ||Shonn Goodwin ||Moore, Okla. ||10 bass ||23-13 ||$606 |
Charley Slaton of Valliant, Okla., weighed in nine bass totaling 25 pounds, 6 ounces Sunday to win $2,599 in the co-angler division.
Rounding out the top 10 co-anglers were:
|2nd: ||Darin Comstock ||Denison, Texas ||10 bass ||22-13 ||$1,299 |
|3rd: ||Brad Reynolds ||Lowell, Ark. ||nine bass ||22-0 ||$867 |
|4th: ||Donnie Cox ||Chouteau, Okla. ||nine bass ||20-0 ||$606 |
|5th: ||Dylan Duncan ||Kansas, Okla. ||eight bass ||17-4 ||$520 |
|6th: ||Jerry Liebst || Wichita, Kan. || nine bass || 17-3 || $476 |
|7th: ||T.J. Martin ||Broken Arrow, Okla. ||nine bass ||16-4 ||$433 |
|8th: ||Dana Kifer || Stillwater, Okla. || seven bass || 15-8 ||$390 |
|9th: ||Matthew Alberty ||Tahlequah, Okla. ||six bass ||14-6 ||$346 |
|10th: ||Travis Edwards || Edmond, Okla. || seven bass || 13-8 || $303 |
The top 40 boaters and 40 co-anglers based on point standings will qualify for the Oct. 18-20 Regional Championship on the Red River in Natchitoches, La. Boaters will compete for a top award of a Ranger Z518 with a 200-horsepower Evinrude or Mercury outboard and a Chevy Silverado, while co-anglers will fish for a new Ranger Z518 with a 200-horsepower Evinrude or Mercury outboard.
The BFL is a 24-division circuit devoted to weekend anglers, with 120 tournaments throughout the season, five in each division. The top 40 boaters and co-anglers from each division qualify for a regional tournament and compete to finish in the top six, which then qualifies them for one of the longest-running championships in all of competitive bass fishing - the Walmart BFL All-American presented by Chevy. Top winners in the BFL can move up to the EverStart Series or even the Walmart FLW Tour.
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