(Aug 28, 2017 - CANNELTON, IN.)
Todd Hensley of New Albany, Indiana, won the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Hoosier Division tournament on the Ohio River Saturday after catching five bass weighing 7 pounds, 4 ounces. For his efforts, Hensley pocketed $3,842.
Hensley said he spent the event flipping stumps along a 200- to 300-yard stretch in the back of a creek on the Kentucky side of the Ohio River.
“The corps (U.S. Army Corps of Engineers) had the water level low Saturday morning, so there were a lot of visible stumps,” said Hensley, who notched his third career-victory in BFL competition. “They were 2 feet down and right off of the bank. The key was the shady areas. The fish were relating to stumps that were under bushes, trees or some grass.”
Hensley said he used two lures to catch his fish – a 7-inch Blue Fleck-colored Berkley Power Worm, and a Zoom Ultra Vibe Speed Craw of the same color.
“I had 10 bites all day long, but I lost five of them,” said Hensley. “The five that I did get in the boat were the five that I weighed in.”
The top 10 boaters finished the tournament in:
1st: Todd Hensley, New Albany, Ind., five bass, 7-4, $3,842
2nd: Jimmy Shepherd, Indianapolis, Ind., three bass, 6-9, $2,431
3rd: David Spivey, Hamilton, Ohio, five bass, 6-5, $1,582
4th: Travis Spivey, Trenton, Ohio, five bass, 6-4, $896
5th: Brian Funkhouser, Bloomington, Ind., five bass, 5-15, $768
6th: Dick Shaffer, Rockford, Ohio, five bass, 5-14, $704
7th: Mark Dove, North Vernon, Ind., three bass, 5-11, $640
8th: Chris Wilkinson, Farmersburg, Ind., five bass, 5-7, $576
9th: Larry Sisk, Evansville, Ind., three bass, 4-14, $512
10th: Jim Pickett, Trafalgar, Ind., three bass, 4-10, $425
10th: Mark Heidt, Versailles, Ind., three bass, 4-10, $425
Shepherd caught a 4-pound, 10-ounce bass – the heaviest of the tournament in the Boater Division – and earned the day’s Boater Big Bass award of $510.
Kevin Napier of Lewisport, Kentucky, caught three bass weighing 4 pounds, 4 ounces, to win the Co-angler Division and $1,921.
The top 10 co-anglers were:
1st: Kevin Napier, Lewisport, Ky., three bass, 4-4, $1,921
2nd: Travis Edgar, North Webster, Ind., four bass, 4-1, $960
3rd: Tyler Buell, Lafayette, Ind., one bass, 3-9, $799
3rd: Bo Bivins, Evansville, Ind., three bass, 3-9, $544
5th: Jeremy Caudill, Nineveh, Ind., two bass, 3-8, $384
6th: Jason Thornton, Corydon, Ind., two bass, 3-3, $352
7th: Griffin Fernandes, McCordsville, Ind., two bass, 2-11, $320
8th: Dan Schlegel, Cincinnati, Ohio, one bass, 2-10, $288
9th: Bobby Revalee, Connersville, Ind., two bass, 2-7, $227
9th: Matt Knox, Metamora, Ill., two bass, 2-7, $227
9th: Larry Kitchel, Logansport, Ind., one bass, 2-7, $227
Buell caught the largest bass in the Co-angler Division – a fish weighing 3 pounds, 9 ounces – and earned the day’s Co-angler Big Bass award of $255.
The top 45 boaters and co-anglers in the region based on point standings, along with the five winners in each qualifying event, will be entered in the Oct. 5-7 BFL Regional Championship on Kentucky Lake in Gilbertsville, Kentucky. Boaters will compete for a top award of a Ranger Z518C with a 200-horsepower Evinrude outboard and $20,000, while co-anglers will fish for a new Ranger Z518C with a 200-horsepower Evinrude outboard.
The 2017 BFL is a 24-division circuit devoted to weekend anglers, with 128 tournaments throughout the season, five qualifying events in each division. The top 45 boaters and co-anglers from each division, along with the five winners of the qualifying events, will advance to one of six regional tournaments where they are competing to finish in the top six, which then qualifies them for one of the longest-running championships in all of competitive bass fishing – the BFL All-American. Top performers in the BFL can move up to the Costa FLW Series or even the FLW Tour.
FLW is the world’s largest tournament-fishing organization, providing anglers of all skill levels the opportunity to compete for millions in prize money in 2017 across five tournament circuits. Headquartered in Benton, Kentucky, with offices in Minneapolis, FLW conducts more than 258 bass-fishing tournaments annually across the United States and sanctions tournaments in Canada, China, Mexico, South Africa and South Korea. FLW tournament fishing can be seen on the Emmy-nominated “FLW" television show, broadcast to more than 564 million households worldwide, while FLW Bass Fishing magazine delivers cutting-edge tips from top pros.