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MARTINKOVIC WINS WALMART BASS FISHING LEAGUE HOOSIER DIVISION EVENT ON OHIO RIVER

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 Chris Martinkovic of Hamilton, Ohio, weighed a five-bass limit totaling 12 pounds, 9 ounces Saturday to win the Hoosier Division tournament on the Ohio River and a check worth $6,244. (FLW)
MARTINKOVIC WINS WALMART BASS FISHING LEAGUE HOOSIER DIVISION EVENT ON OHIO RIVER
                                                                                          
Clift wins co-angler title
LAWRENCEBURG, Ind. (Aug. 31, 2015) – Chris Martinkovic of Hamilton, Ohio, weighed a five-bass limit totaling 12 pounds, 9 ounces Saturday to win the fourth Walmart Bass Fishing League Hoosier Division tournament on the Ohio River. For his victory, Martinkovic earned $6,244.
“I divided my days evenly between areas in creeks and the main river,” said Martinkovic, who earned his third career victory and 19th top-10 finish in FLW competition. “The main river fishes better in the afternoon when the sun is high so that’s where I wanted to end up.
“There are six creeks within a four mile stretch near the takeoff ramp that I knew I wanted to focus on,” continued Martinkovic. “I was bouncing around to different spots looking for shad up on flats.”
Martinkovic said he caught the majority of his fish on a white spinnerbait and a shad-colored crankbait.
“I ended up catching my biggest bass on a custom-made jig,” said Martinkovic. “I was able to bring over 20 fish over the course of the competition. It was a solid day of fishing.”
The top 10 boaters finished the tournament in:
1st:          Chris Martinkovic, Hamilton, Ohio, five bass, 12-9, $4,244 + $2,000 Ranger Cup Bonus
2nd:         Dan South, Corydon, Ind., five bass, 7-12, $2,122
3rd:          Brad, Baldwin, Waynesville, Ohio, three bass   , 7-8, $1,413
4th:          Jim Vitaro, Wooster, Ohio, five bass, 7-6, $990
5th:          George Brown, Camby, Ind., five bass, 6-12, $849
6th:          David Spivey, Hamilton, Ohio, five bass, 6-10, $778
7th:          Chris Wilkinson, Farmersburg, Ind., five bass, 6-5, $707
8th:          Frank McClain, Scottsburg, Ind., five bass, 6-3, $637
9th:          Gary Dees, Hamilton, Ohio, four bass, 6-0, $566
10th:        Jeremie  Barker, Middletown, Ohio, three bass, 5-10, $495
Complete results can be found at FLWFishing.com.
Baldwin caught the biggest bass of the tournament in the pro division, a fish weighing 4 pounds, 12 ounces and earned the day’s Big Bass award of $600.
Justin Clift of Indianapolis, Indiana, weighed in four bass totaling 6 pounds, 6 ounces Saturday to win $2,118 in the co-angler division.
The top 10 co-anglers were:
1st:          Justin Clift, Indianapolis, Ind., four bass, 6-6, $2,118
2nd:         J.R. Selke, Waynesville, Ohio, two bass, 5-11, $1,059
3rd:          Mark Heidt, Versailles, Ind., three bass, 4-10, $706
4th:          Seth Fricke, Hamilton, Ohio, three bass, 4-8, $494
5th:          Kenny Mitchell, Franklin, Ohio, four bass, 4-1, $424
6th:          Brody Campbell, Oxford, Ohio, two bass, 4-0, $388
7th:          Larry Spivey, Middletown, Ohio, two bass, 3-14, $353
8th:          Doug Napier, West Alexandria, Ohio, two bass, 3-9, $300
8th:          Brian Short, Oxford, Ohio, three bass, 3-9, $300
10th:        Ryan Sykes, Hamilton, Ohio, four bass, 3-8, $247
Selke caught the biggest bass of the tournament in the co-angler division and earned the day’s Big Bass award of $295.
The top 50 boaters and 50 co-anglers based on point standings will qualify for the Oct. 15-17 Regional Championship on Kentucky Lake in Gilbertsville, Kentucky. 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.

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