Ellison Wins Bass Fishing League Tournament On Grand Lake


GROVE, Okla. (Sept. 17, 2012) – Blake Ellison of Inola, Okla., weighed a two-day total of 10 bass totaling 29 pounds, 2 ounces to win the Bass Fishing League Okie Division super tournament on Grand Lake in Grove, Okla., on Sunday. For his victory, Ellison earned $5,197.
     “I was fishing a few different areas with a few different patterns,” said Ellison. “On the first day I started out fishing up the river, but it was rainy and drizzled all day, so I had to scramble to find the clear water. I moved deeper and found the clearer water, throwing a shaky head and topwater baits. I fished the breaklines, in 8 to 12 feet of water.
     “On day two it cleared up a little bit, and I was able to fish shallow,” Ellison continued. “I was flipping shallow wood and cover on flats using june-bug-colored beaver-style baits. The fishing was a little better on Saturday, as I boated over 20 keepers on Saturday and only 15 on Sunday.”
     Ellison credits his experience and decision making with getting him the win.
     “I fished a lot out here last fall,” he said. “And I had one day of practice last week. I knew that I could find them shallow, but during practice I really concentrated on finding them in the clear water in case it rained. I think that working the multiple patterns and keeping an open mind were the keys to my victory in this tournament.”
     Rounding out the top 10 pros were:
          2nd:   Chris Torkleson, Sand Springs, Okla., 10 bass, 27-7, $2,598
          3rd:   Preston Frazell, Glenpool, Okla., nine bass, 27-0, $1,733
          4th:    Lee Sanders, Stillwater, Okla., 10 bass, 26-15, $1,213
          5th:    Zack Birge, Blanchard, Okla., nine bass, 26-13, $1,039
          6th:    Rick Kelley, Ada, Okla., 10 bass, 26-0, $953
          7th:    Craig Smith, Dewey, Okla., eight bass, 25-2, $866
          8th:    Jason Wedel, Lowell, Ark., eight bass, 24-6, $780
          9th:    Jeff Bullinger, Sapulpa, Okla., 10 bass, 23-15, $693
          10th: Shonn Goodwin, Moore, Okla., 10 bass, 23-13, $606
     Charley Slaton of Valliant, Okla., weighed in nine bass totaling 25 pounds, 6 ounces Sunday to win $2,599 in the co-angler division.
     Rounding out the top 10 co-anglers were:
          2nd:   Darin Comstock, Denison, Texas, 10 bass, 22-13, $1,299
          3rd:   Brad Reynolds, Lowell, Ark., nine bass, 22-0, $867         
          4th:    Donnie Cox, Chouteau, Okla., nine bass, 20-0, $606
          5th:    Dylan Duncan, Kansas, Okla., eight bass, 17-4, $520
          6th:    Jerry Liebst, Wichita, Kan., nine bass, 17-3, $476
          7th:    T.J. Martin, Broken Arrow, Okla., nine bass, 16-4, $433
          8th:    Dana Kifer, Stillwater, Okla., seven bass, 15-8, $390
          9th:    Matthew Alberty, Tahlequah, Okla., six bass, 14-6, $346
          10th: Travis Edwards, Edmond, Okla., seven bass, 13-8, $303
     The top 40 boaters and 40 co-anglers based on point standings will qualify for the Oct. 18-20 Regional Championship on the Red River in Natchitoches, La. Boaters will compete for a top award of a Ranger Z518 with a 200-horsepower Evinrude or Mercury outboard and a Chevy Silverado, while co-anglers will fish for a new Ranger Z518 with a 200-horsepower Evinrude or Mercury outboard.

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