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    Walmart Bass Fishing League - Buckeye

    Ohio River-Maysville (Aug. 3, 2013)


    Martinkovic makes run to net Ohio River title

    Chris Martinkovic of Hamilton, Ohio won the Aug. 3 Buckeye Division event on the Ohio River with an 11-pound, 2-ounce limit. He took home over $5,200 for his efforts.
    Cole takes co-angler crown

    MAYSVILLE, Ky. – Chris Martinkovic of Hamilton, Ohio, weighed a five-bass limit totaling 11 pounds, 2 ounces Saturday to win the Walmart Bass Fishing League Buckeye Division event on the Ohio River at Maysville. For his victory, Martinkovic earned $5,205.

    “I made a 50-mile run,” said Martinkovic, “When I got up to go in the morning, I figured I was either going to come in with nothing or win it.

    “I caught a 4-pound, 2-ounce smallmouth first and my second fish was a 3-pound, 8-ounce smallmouth. So, I had over seven pounds with my first two fish. I knew that all I needed to do after that was fill out my limit. I left my area at 11 a.m. and fished around the ramp so I could make sure that I wasn’t late.”

    Martinkovic said that he was fishing current breaks with a Blueback Herring-colored War Eagle spinnerbait.

    Rounding out the top 10 pros:

    2nd: Michael Smith, Pickerington, Ohio, five bass, 10-10 $1,603

    3rd: Ronnie Smith, Walton, Ky., five bass, 9-1, $1,068 + $300 Evinrude Bonus

    4th: Ron Hiles, Piketon, Ohio, five bass, 8-14, $748

    5th: Michael Powell Jr., Cincinnati, Ohio, five bass, 8-10, $614

    5th: Keith Wheelock, Beaver Creek, Ohio, five bass, 8-10, $614

    7th: Chris Combess, Cleves, Ohio, five bass, 8-9, $534

    8th: Dan Roberts, Cincinnati, Ohio, five bass, 7-3, $481

    9th: Brian Campbell, Oxford, Ohio, five bass, 7-1, $427

    10th: Ken Garbe, Loveland, Ohio, five bass, 6-15, $374

    Complete results can be found here.

    Cole wins co-angler title

    Co-angler Jason Cole of Cambridge, Ohio won the Aug. 3 Buckeye Division event on the Ohio River with four bass weighing 7 pounds, 9 ounces. Cole was awarded nearly $1,600 for his victory. Jason Cole of Cambridge, Ohio, weighed four bass totaling 7 pounds, 9 ounces Saturday to win $1,561 in the co-angler division.

    Rounding out the top 10 co-anglers:

    2nd: Brandon Knapmeyer, Florence, Ky., five bass, 7-0, $781

    3rd: Mark Miller, Baltic, Ohio, five bass, 6-13, $521

    4th: James Wilcox, Cincinnati, Ohio, five bass, 5-15, $364

    5th: Melvin McNeal, Circleville, Ohio, five bass, 5-12, $312

    6th: Eddie Dean, Ashton, W. Va., five bass, 5-7, $286

    7th: Daniel Shuga, Botkins, Ohio, five bass, 4-15, $260

    8th: Billy French, Hamilton, Ohio, three bass, 4-12, $234

    9th: Chad Rader, McComb, Ohio, one bass, 4-8, $208

    10th: Dylan Skaggs, Columbus, Ohio, three bass, 4-6, $182

    Complete co-angler results can be found here.

    The next BFL Buckeye Division tournament is scheduled for August 24 on the Ohio River at Tanner’s Creek in Lawrenceburg, Ind. After the last divisional tournament is complete, the top 40 boaters and 40 co-anglers based on point standings will qualify for the Oct. 3-5 Regional Championship on the Chesapeake Bay in North East, Md. 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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