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Ellison Wins Walmart Bass Fishing League Okie Division On Grand Lake

Slaton wins co-angler title

by: Joe Opager, Director of Public Relations,

Blake Ellison of Inola, Okla., wins Pro Division of Okie Division on Grand Lake.
Photo by courtesy FLW Outdoors
(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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