Mills Wins Bass Fishing League Tournament On Indian LakeMills Wins Bass Fishing League Tournament On Indian Lake Craig Mills won the Bass Fishing League Buckeye Division super tournament on Indian Lake
LAKEVIEW, Ohio (Sept. 17, 2012) – Craig Mills of Hamilton, Ohio, weighed a two-day total of nine bass totaling 17 pounds, 7 ounces to win the Bass Fishing League Buckeye Division super tournament on Indian Lake in Lakeview, Ohio, on Sunday. For his victory, Mills earned $7,270.
“I started off on day one fishing the rocks out on the main lake,” said Mills. “I was able to catch three on a black and blue-colored jig, and two on a white spinnerbait. I was only able to boat five keepers on the first day, and that put me 4 pounds out of the lead. I knew that if I wanted to win the tournament that I would need to change it up.”
With changing weather conditions and a fresh game plan for day two, Mills decided to investigate some areas where he had found success in the past.
“On day two, I went to some new areas that I had not fished in a while,” Mills continued. “It was very sunny, and the wind had picked up a little bit, so I targeted the windblown banks that had a little breeze pushing into them. I threw a frog and was able to boat two 3½-pounders fairly quickly. I switched back to the jig and was able to catch a couple more. It was pretty tough out there, but the frog bites turned out to be the key for me. I knew that in order to win I was going to have to swing for the fences, so that’s what I did.”
Rounding out the top 10 pros were:
2nd: Tony Newland, Hamilton, Ohio, nine bass, 17-6, $2,635
3rd: Jeremy Penwalte, Fort Jennings, Ohio, nine bass, 16-9, $1,758
4th: Nick Prvonozac, Warren, Ohio, nine bass, 16-7, $1,230
5th: Jason Schaurer, West Milton, Ohio, 10 bass, 15-10, $1,054
6th: Michael Manor, Sidney, Ohio, nine bass, 14-13, $966
7th: Gary Ginter, Maplewood, Ohio, six bass, 14-12, $878
8th: Mark Hurst, Troy, Ohio, 10 bass, 13-11, $790
9th: Dan Fry, Marysville, Ohio, 10 bass, 13-6, $703
10th: Bob Otto, Beavercreek, Ohio, 10 bass, 13-1, $615
Brett Warrick of Westerville, Ohio, weighed in seven bass totaling 10 pounds even Sunday to win $2,563 in the co-angler division.
Rounding out the top 10 co-anglers were:
2nd: James McWhorter, Hamilton, Ohio, eight bass, 9-14, $1,281
3rd: Melvin McNeal, Circleville, Ohio, eight bass, 9-14, $853
4th: Brad Lyon, Columbus, Ohio, four bass, 9-7, $598
5th: Dave Davenport, Milford, Ohio, seven bass, 8-13, $513
6th: Trent Norman, Cincinnati, Ohio, seven bass, 8-5, $470
7th: George Ginter, Sidney, Ohio, seven bass, 8-3, $427
8th: Adam Smith, Napoleon, Ohio, five bass, 7-3, $384
9th: Gary Hammaker, Fort Recovery, Ohio, three bass, 5-14, $342
10th: Andre Roach, Findlay, Ohio, four bass, 5-4, $299
The top 40 boaters and 40 co-anglers based on point standings will qualify for the Oct. 11-13 Regional Championship on Lake Barkley in Kuttawa, Ky. 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.