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“Each day of the tournament I focused on shallow grass in the mid-lake areas,” said Houchin of his first career win in FLW competition. “It was a pretty basic deal – everything I did was grass related with topwater baits.”
Houchin said he caught around nine keepers Saturday but wasn’t able to find a kicker-fish.
“I used a Leopard-colored Spro Frog and brought them in consistently throughout the day,” said Houchin.
On Sunday, Houchin said he was able to catch his limit fairly early using the same bait.
“I boated a 4-pounder around 9 a.m.,” said Houchin “That pretty much sealed the deal for me.”
The top 10 boaters finished the tournament in:
1st: Quincy Houchin, Mabelvale, Ark., 10 bass, 23-10, $5,065
2nd: Greg Ault, Hot Springs, Ark., 10 bass, 21-5, $2,532
3rd: Cody Kemp, Donaldson, Ark., 10 bass, 21-0, $1,687
4th: Trent Owens, Amity, Ark., 10 bass, 19-13, $1,182
5th: Huey Applegate, Jessieville, Ark., nine bass, 18-12, $1,013
6th: Dylan Hays, Sheridan, Ark., seven bass, 18-3, $929
7th: Evan Barnes, London, Ark., 10 bass, 18-0, $844
8th: Chris Darby, Hot Springs, Ark., 10 bass, 17-15, $760
9th: Joey Cifuentes, Clinton, Ark., 10 bass, 17-7, $675
10th: Jeremiah Kindy, Benton, Ark., 10 bass, 16-12, $591
Keith Green of Arkadelphia, Arkansas, caught the biggest bass of the tournament in the pro division Friday. The fish weighed 4 pounds, 11 ounces and earned the day’s Big Bass award of $622.
Michael Lucas of Forrest City, Arkansas, won the co-angler division and $2,471 with a two-day total of seven bass weighing 13 pounds, 15 ounces.
The top 10 co-anglers were:
1st: Michael Lucas, Forrest City, Ark., seven bass, 13-15, $2,471
2nd: Brian Choate, Conway, Ark., seven bass, 12-8, $1,236
3rd: Ronnie Kent, Batesville, Ark., eight bass, 12-0, $822
4th: Bryan Barnard, Harrison, Ark., seven bass, 9-2, $577
5th: Rick Cole, Hot Springs, Ark., seven bass, 8-14, $494
6th: Johnny Brooks, Little Rock, Ark., four bass, 8-7, $453
7th: Stan Harris, Searcy, Ark., seven bass, 8-3, $412
8th: Bruce Thompson, Little Rock, Ark., five bass, 8-2, $371
9th: Steve Belew, Beebe, Ark., four bass, 8-0, $330
10th: Britt Hicks, Charleston, Ark., seven bass, 7-9, $288
Belew caught the biggest bass of the tournament in the co-angler division and earned the day’s Big Bass award of $304.
The top 50 boaters and 50 co-anglers based on point standings now qualify for the Oct. 22-24 Regional Championship on Lake of the Ozarks in Osage Beach, Missouri. Boaters will compete for a top award of a Ranger Z518C with a 200-horsepower Evinrude or Mercury outboard and $20,000, 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 50 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. Top winners in the BFL can move up to the Rayovac FLW Series or even the Walmart FLW Tour.
FLW is the industry’s premier tournament-fishing organization, providing anglers of all skill levels the opportunity to compete for millions in prize money nationwide in 2015 over the course of 240 tournaments across five tournament circuits, four of which provide an avenue to the sport’s richest payday and most coveted championship trophy – the Forrest Wood Cup. FLW tournament fishing can be seen on the Emmy-nominated “FLW" television show and is broadcast to more than 564 million households worldwide, making it the most widely distributed weekly outdoors-sports television show in the world.
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