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Spinks Wins Walmart Bass Fishing League Ozark Division On Lake Of The Ozarks

Mathews wins co-angler title

by: Joe Opager, Director of Public Relations,

Cody Spinks of Springfield, Mo., won the two-day event for the Ozark Division on Lake of the Ozarks with a total weight of 36 pounds, 1 ounce.
Photo by courtesy FLW Outdoors
(Sep. 11, 2012 - OSAGE BEACH, MO.)

Cody Spinks of Springfield, Mo., weighed a two-day total of 10 bass totaling 36 pounds, 1 ounce to win the Walmart Bass Fishing League Ozark Division super tournament on Lake of the Ozarks in Osage Beach on Sunday. For his victory, Spinks earned $5,648.

"This is my first season fishing the BFLs, and my first win," said Spinks. "It feels so good, and I don't think that it's going away. I'd been on a solid pattern for the past 4 or 5 weeks. After the extremely hot summer, about four weeks ago we had a big cool down. I noticed that the water temperatures in the back pockets dropped 5 to 10 degrees cooler than the main lake. When I investigated, I found the big shad were there, and the bluegill spawn was finishing up, so there were bream everywhere. It was a feeding frenzy."

Spinks fished on the north shore of the lake from mile marker three to mile marker 13. All of his fish throughout the tournament came on a blue fleck-colored 10-inch Berkley Power Worm.

"My pattern was very dock-oriented," Spinks continued. "The big bass would hide in the shade of the docks and just ambush the bait when it came by. It was real shallow and very clear.

"I really have to give the credit for this tournament win to my dad," Spinks went on to say. "He taught me everything that I know about fishing, and it was a real treat to have him attend the weigh-in and watch me get the victory."

Rounding out the top 10 pros were:

2nd: Jim Young House Springs, Mo. 10 bass 35-10 $2,824
3rd: Lupe Garcia Fayetteville, Ark. 10 bass 33-10 $1,882
4th: Jeremy Lawyer Sarcoxie, Mo. 10 bass 33-8 $1,318
5th: Joe Brantley Willard, Mo. nine bass 31-13 $1,130
6th: Marcus Sykora Osage Beach, Mo. 10 bass 27-2 $1,035
7th: Dennis Berhorst Holts Summit, Mo. 10 bass 26-14 $941
8th: Mike Malone Lake Ozark, Mo. nine bass 24-1 $847
9th: Dirk Sluyter Russellville, Mo. nine bass 22-10 $753
10th: Tim Fleetwood Forsyth, Mo. 10 bass 22-8 $659

Pete Mathews of Shawnee, Kansas, weighed in six bass totaling 22 pounds, 5 ounces Saturday to win $2,824 in the co-angler division.

Rounding out the top 10 co-anglers were:

2nd: Jay Myers Fenton, Mo. nine bass 22-0 $1,412
3rd: James Beussink Maryland Heights, Mo. eight bass 17-8 $940
4th: David Hamilton Rogers, Ark. six bass 16-6 $659
5th: Bryan Barnard Harrison, Ark. six bass 13-2 $565
6th: Randy Bindel Liberty, Mo. six bass 12-10 $518
7th: Dan Ashby Independence, Mo. four bass 12-5 $471
8th: Max Wilson Everton, Mo. six bass 12-5 $424
9th: Brian Thompson Springfield, Mo. six bass 11-9 $377
10th: Johnnie Cook Houston Lake, Mo. four bass 11-7 $329

The top 40 boaters and 40 co-anglers based on point standings will qualify for the Oct. 11-13 Regional Championship on Lake Barkley in Kuttawa, Ky. 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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