Pennsylvania’s Kaplon Claims Co-Angler Title

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LAWRENCEBURG, Ind. (June 10, 2019) – Boater Brody Campbell of Oxford, Ohio, won the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Buckeye Division tournament on the Ohio River at Tanner’s Creek Saturday with five bass weighing 9 pounds, 15 ounces. Campbell netted $6,718 for his victory.

“I was keying in on stumps that were kind of hidden,” said Campbell, who after winning the BFL tournament at Rough River Lake last month now has back-to-back wins in BFL competition. “They were stumps I knew were there when the water was low, but you couldn’t see them in the tournament because the water was high.”

Campbell said he flipped a black and blue flake-colored, Texas-rigged Strike King KVD Perfect Plastic Rodent and a ¼-ounce black and blue jig with a black and blue flake Zoom Super Chunk trailer. He said he fished near takeoff in the Tanner’s Creek area and caught six keepers all day.

“I caught a big fish – a 4-pounder – within the first 10 minutes,” said Campbell. “It was slower the rest of the day – I’d pick off a keeper here and there.”

Campbell said he preferred a 7-foot, 6-inch Bass Pro Shops Johnny Morris Signature Casting Series rod with 20-pound-test Seaguar fluorocarbon line.

The top 10 boaters finished the tournament in:

1st:          Brody Campbell, Oxford, Ohio, five bass, 9-15, $4,718 + $2,000 Ranger Cup Bonus

2nd:         Jamie Cunnagin, New Lebanon, Ohio, five bass, 8-11, $1,859

3rd:          Craig Mills, Hamilton, Ohio, five bass, 7-10, $1,052

3rd:          Dan Fry, Marysville, Ohio, five bass, 7-10, $1,302

5th:          Bob Robinson, Lebanon, Ohio, four bass, 7-1, $744

6th:          Butch Dobransky, North Canton, Ohio, four bass, 6-15, $882

7th:          Dan Moran, London, Ohio, four bass, 6-11, $720

8th:          Tilford Head, Hamilton, Ohio, five bass, 6-7, $558

9th:          Pat White, Batavia, Ohio, five bass, 6-5, $496

10th:        Chris Combess, Cleves, Ohio, four bass, 6-2, $434

Complete results can be found at FLWFishing.com.

Adam Hock of Independence, Kentucky, caught a bass weighing 4 pounds, 5 ounces – the heaviest of the event in the Boater Division – and earned the day’s Boater Big Bass award of $485.

Logan Kaplon of Creekside, Pennsylvania, won the Co-angler Division and $1,990 Saturday after catching four bass weighing 6 pounds, 2 ounces.

The top 10 co-anglers were:

1st:          Logan Kaplon, Creekside, Pa., four bass, 6-2, $1,990

2nd:         Andrew Wright, Greenville, Ohio, three bass, 5-10, $920

3rd:          Billy French, Hamilton, Ohio, three bass, 5-4, $992

4th:          Larry Spivey, Middletown, Ohio, two bass, 5-2, $509

5th:          William Gross, Cleveland, Ohio, three bass, 5-1, $368

6th:          Mark Henderson, Martinsville, Ohio, four bass, 4-8, $337

7th:          Mike Geisler, Oxford, Ohio, four bass, 4-7, $357

8th:          Chris McCusker, Beaver Falls, Pa., two bass, 4-3, $356

9th:          Ryan Rich, Eaton, Ohio, two bass, 3-14, $230

9th:          Brandon Fraley, Tipp City, Ohio, three bass, 3-14, $230

Spivey caught the heaviest bass in the Co-angler Division, a fish weighing in at 3 pounds, 3 ounces. The catch earned him the day’s Co-angler Big Bass award of $80.

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. 17-19 BFL Regional Championship on the Potomac River in Marbury, Maryland. Boaters will compete for a top award of a Ranger Z518L with a 200-horsepower outboard and $20,000, while co-anglers will fish for a new Ranger Z518L with a 200-horsepower outboard.

The 2019 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. The 2020 BFL All-American will be held April 30-May 2 at Lake Hartwell in Anderson, South Carolina, and is hosted by Visit Anderson. 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 FacebookTwitterInstagram, and YouTube.


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