Co-angler Title Goes to Fort Wayne’s Bennett

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CANNELTON, Ind. (Aug. 6, 2018) – Local angler Chris LeClere of Cannelton caught five bass Saturday weighing 10 pounds, 3 ounces, to win the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Hoosier Division tournament on the Ohio River at Rocky Point. LeClere took home $5,632 for his win.

“The day started off slow. After practicing on both the main river and in creeks, my strategy was to make a couple of stops on the river as I made my way to my main creek,” said LeClere, who logged his first win in FLW competition. “The water level was up on the river Saturday and it was dirtier and had more current. I made one stop but couldn’t get anything going.

“I moved on to my main creek, which was north of takeoff, and had four places I’d caught fish in practice,” continued LeClere. “I stopped at my first spot and fished for about 45 minutes and never got a bite. I went to my second, which I felt would be my best, and fished for 45 minutes, but couldn’t get anything there, either. Finally, I went to my third and caught my first keeper about 10 (a.m.).”

LeClere’s third spot ended up producing every fish he weighed, specifically between 10 and 11:30 a.m. He described it as a 100-yard stretch of shallow wood cover that included stumps and laydowns.

“I had caught five fish at this spot in practice Thursday, but they were just keepers. I had six bites there Saturday, including one that I lost,” said LeClere. “I flipped soft-plastics – they didn’t want any moving baits. Two came from a green-pumpkin-colored bait, and three came from another bait.”

The top 10 boaters finished the tournament in:

1st:          Chris LeClere, Cannelton, Ind., five bass, 10-3, $3,632 + $2,000 Ranger Cup Bonus

2nd:         Jeremy Knepp, Montgomery, Ind., four bass, 7-7, $1,513

2nd:         Larry Sisk, Evansville, Ind., five bass, 7-7, $1,713

4th:          Jimmy Shepherd, Indianapolis, Ind., three bass, 6-9, $1,312

5th:          Scott Bateman, Jasper, Ind., three bass, 6-3, $726

6th:          Todd Hensley, New Albany, Ind., five bass, 5-14, $766

7th:          Danny Abrams, Greensfork, Ind., five bass, 5-10, $605

8th:          George Brown, Camby, Ind., five bass, 5-8, $545

9th:          Brody Campbell, Oxford, Ohio, two bass, 5-2, $484

10th:        Chris Myers, Madison, Ind., four bass, 4-14, $424

Complete results can be found at FLWFishing.com.

Shepherd brought a 4-pound, 8-ounce, bass to the scale – the heaviest of the event in the Boater Division – and earned the day’s Boater Big Bass award of $465.

Brandon Bennett of Fort Wayne, Indiana, won the Co-angler Division and $1,816 Saturday after catching four bass weighing 6 pounds, 11 ounces.

The top 10 co-anglers were:

1st:          Brandon Bennett, Fort Wayne, Ind., four bass, 6-11, $1,816

2nd:         Michael Pruitt, Martinsville, Ind., five bass, 5-4, $908

3rd:          Gary Owens, Columbus, Ind., three bass, 4-14, $606

4th:          Ronnie Gill, Indianapolis, Ind., two bass, 4-6, $424

5th:          Brian Liming, Dilsboro, Ind., two bass, 4-1, $363

6th:          Mark Wedan, Freetown, Ind., two bass, 3-12, $333

7th:          Dakota Ball, Connersville, Ind., one bass, 3-7, $519

7th:          Trenton Wilson, Martinsville, Ind., three bass, 3-7, $287

9th:          Holly Blandford, Cannelton, Ind., two bass, 3-0, $242

10th:        Derek Buchanan, Madison, Ind., two bass, 2-15, $301

10th:        Nick Horton, Trafalgar, Ind., three bass, 2-15, $201

Tom Lindsay of Glenview, Illinois, caught the largest bass in the Co-angler Division weighing in at 4 pounds even. The catch earned him the day’s Co-angler Big Bass award of $365.

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. 18-20 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 2018 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.

For complete details and updated information visit FLWFishing.com. For regular updates, photos, tournament news and more, follow the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League on FLW’s social media outlets at FacebookTwitterInstagramYouTube and Snapchat.


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