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    Walmart Bass Fishing League - Buckeye

    Ohio River-Tanner's Creek (June 28, 2014)


    McClain fished only on instinct

    Frank McClain of Scottsburg, In., won the June 28 Buckeye Division event on Ohio River-Tanner's Creek with a 11-pound, 08-ounce limit. For his efforts, McClain earned over $6,000.
    Howard wins co-angler title

    LAWRENCEBURG, Ind. – Frank McClain of Scottsburg, Ind., weighed a five-bass limit totaling 11 pounds, 8 ounces Saturday to win the second Walmart Bass Fishing League Buckeye Division tournament of 2014 on the Ohio River at Tanner’s Creek. For his victory, McClain earned $6,235.

    “The bad thing was that I didn’t get to practice,” McClain sad. “I hadn’t been on the Ohio River since fall, so I was just winging it.”

    McClain said that he made a 25-mile run toward the dam where he expected to see fewer competitors and more stable water.

    “I started fishing some flats in some creeks and by 9:20 in the morning I had my limit,” McClain said. “I ended up culling five times.

    “There was a lot of bait around submerged stumps,” explained McClain. “I knew the area pretty well and I would throw to the dark spots that were stumps. The bass and the shad fry were using the stumps as cover. As soon as I caught my first fish I knew what to target.”

    McClain said that he used an 1/8-ounce Hawgback Lures buzzbait in a custom color to catch his winning limit.

    Rounding out the top 10 pros were:

                    2nd:          Kyle Weisenburger, Ottawa, Ohio, five bass, 9-11, $2,118

                    3rd:          Michael Manor, Sidney, Ohio, five bass, 9-6, $1,413

                    4th:           Charlie Smith, Union, Ky., five bass, 8-11, $988 + $300 Evinrude Bonus

                    5th:           Brian Mahon, Batavia, Ohio, five bass, 8-5, $847

                    6th:           Robert Eldridge, Williamstown, Ky., five bass, 8-3, $741

                    6th:           Todd Hensley, New Albany, Ind., five bass, 8-3, $741

                    8th:           Tim Burke, Petersburg, Ky., five bass, 7-11, $635

                    9th:           Ken Garbe, Loveland, Ohio, five bass, 7-10, $565

                    10th:        Ronald Nutter, Newark, Ohio, five bass, 7-9, $494         

    Complete results can be found here.  

    Co-angler Trevor Howard of Florence, Ky., won the June 28 Buckeye Division event on Ohio River-Tanner's Creek with a 9-pound, 14-ounce limit. For his efforts, Howard cashed a check worth over $2,118.

    Trevor Howard of Florence, Ky., weighed in a five-bass limit totaling 9 pounds, 14 ounces Saturday to win $2,118 in the co-angler division.

    Rounding out the top 10 co-anglers were:

                    2nd:          George Ginter, Sidney, Ohio, five bass, 7-1, $1,059

                    3rd:          Matt Wheeler, Cincinnati, Ohio, five bass, 6-5, $706

                    4th:           Gary Hoffman, Stoutsville, Ohio, five bass, 6-4, $494

                    5th:           Dennis Sepeck, Bethel, Ohio, five bass, 5-12, $424

                    6th:           Brent Jones, Okeana, Ohio, five bass, 5-2, $388

                    7th:           Dave Roberts, Indianapolis, Ind., three bass, 4-12, $353

                    8th:           J.R. Selke, Waynesville, Ohio, three bass, 4-11, $300

                    8th:           Jason Skipworth, Rising Sun, Ind., four bass, 4-11, $300

                    10th:        Duane Fry, Bellefontaine, Ohio, one bass, 4-9, $247

    Complete results can be found here.  

    The top 40 boaters and 40 co-anglers based on point standings will qualify for the Oct. 16-18 Regional Championship on Kentucky Lake in Gilbertsville, Ky. Boaters will compete for a top award of a Ranger Z518C with a 200-horsepower Evinrude or Mercury outboard and a Chevy Silverado, while co-anglers will fish for a new Ranger Z518C 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 Rayovac FLW Series or even the Walmart FLW Tour.


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