Gordon Wins Bass Fishing League Tournament on Greers Ferry Lake


HEBER SPRINGS, Ark. (May 13, 2013) – Shawn Gordon of Russellville, Ark., weighed a five-bass limit totaling 12 pounds, 10 ounces Saturday to win the Bass Fishing League Arkie Division tournament on Greers Ferry Lake. For his victory, Gordon earned $3,545.
     “I had a fantastic practice on Friday,” said Gordon. “My practice day was actually better than my tournament day, but it still was good enough to get the job done.”
     Gordon said that he fished the mid-lake area, near the Narrows. He targeted bushes, flipping, in 2 to 5 feet of water.
     “I looked for the bushes that had green leaves,” Gordon said. “They definitely held more fish than the dead bushes. All of the fish that I weighed in came from flipping a green pumpkin-colored Yum Mighty Craw.”
     Gordon estimated that he caught 20 keepers throughout the day, with the bite picking up after 10 a.m. He said that the majority of his shallow fish were post-spawn.
     “I think that the key to winning was my confidence in staying shallow,” Gordon went on to say. “I knew that they had already spawned, but I didn’t believe that they would be real deep, yet.”
     Rounding out the top 10 pros were:
            2nd:   Chris Darby, Hot Springs, Ark., five bass, 11-12, $1,773
            3rd:   Justin Swayze, Gurdon, Ark., five bass, 10-14, $1,181
            4th:   Michael Yoder, Texarkana, Ark., five bass, 10-13, $827
            5th:   David Barron, Hot Springs, Ark., five bass, 10-8, $709
            6th:   Paul Harper, Shirley, Ark., five bass, 10-6, $650
            7th:   Huey Applegate, Jessieville, Ark., five bass, 10-3, $591
            8th:   Kyle Landers, Benton, Ark., five bass, 10-1, $502 + $300 Evinrude Bonus
            8th:   Zach Whatley, Texarkana, Ark., five bass, 10-1, $502
            10th: Dennis Bean, Hot Springs, Ark., five bass, 9-15, $414
     Michael Massey of Amity, Ark., weighed a five-bass limit totaling 11 pounds, 2 ounces Saturday to win $1,773 in the co-angler division.  Rounding out the top 10 co-anglers were:
            2nd:   Michael Andrus, Conway, Ark., five bass, 10-12, $886
            3rd:   Ladd Owens, Hope, Ark., five bass, 9-10, $591
            4th:   Cody Rossell, Benton, Ark., five bass, 9-9, $384
            4th:   David Smith, Little Rock, Ark., five bass, 9-9, $384
            6th:   Samuel Hutson, Benton, Ark., five bass, 9-6, $325
            7th:   Russell Richmond, Little Rock, Ark., five bass, 9-3, $295
            8th:   Cody Hixon, Malvern, Ark., five bass, 8-15, $266
            9th:   John Adams, Conway, Ark., five bass, 8-13, $236
            10th: Tommy McCullar, Benton, Ark., five bass, 8-11, $207
     The next BFL Arkie Division tournament is scheduled for June 15 on Lake Dardanelle in Russellville, Ark. After the last divisional tournament is complete, the top 40 boaters and 40 co-anglers based on point standings will qualify for the Oct. 17-19 Regional Championship on Lake Texoma in Pottsboro, Texas. 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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