Francis Wins Bass Fishing League Tournament on Sam Rayburn ReservoirFrancis Wins Bass Fishing League Tournament on Sam Rayburn Reservoir Jeromy Francis of Magnolia, Texas, won the Bass Fishing League Cowboy Division bass fishing tournament on the Sam Rayburn Reservoir
JASPER, Texas (March 16, 2009) - Jeromy Francis of Magnolia, Texas, won the Bass Fishing League Cowboy Division bass fishing tournament on the Sam Rayburn Reservoir Saturday with a five-bass catch weighing 15 pounds, 10 ounces. The victory earned Francis $2,694 and placed him one step closer to qualifying for the DeGray Lake Regional Championship in Arkadelphia, Ark., Oct. 22-24, where he could ultimately win a new Ranger boat and a Chevy truck.
"I was extremely shocked that 15-10 would be the limit to win," said Francis. "I thought it would take 21or 22 pounds to win."
Francis caught his limit at Harvey Creek by 10:30, culling from there. He was catching pre-spawn, fishing in 4-feet of water in grass with a Fluke, Rat-L-Trap and a chatterbait.
Rounding out the top five boaters are Dicky Newberry of Houston, Texas (five bass, 15-8, $1,347); Charles Bebber of Willis, Texas (five bass, 15-1, $898); Ricky Campbell of Waxahachie, Texas (five bass, 15-0, $629) and John Cox of Cedar Creek, Texas (five bass, 14-0, $539).
Ricky Campbell took home the Boater Division Big Bass award, earning $290 for a 6-pound, 15-ounce bass he caught.
Dustin Robison of Anacoco, La., earned $1,347 as the co-angler winner Saturday thanks to five bass weighing 11 pounds, 2 ounces.
Rounding out the top five co-anglers are Cody Cox of Cedar Creek, Texas (five bass, 10-11, $674); Michael Lafleur of Orangefield, Texas (four bass, 8-13, $449); Sean Wieda of Florence, Ky. (five bass, 8-8, $314); and Dennis Adkins of Prineville, Ore. (four bass, 8-6, $269).
Jerry Edwards earned $145 as the co-angler Big Bass winner after catching a 6-pound, 6-ounce bass.
The next Cowboy Division event will be held on the Lake Texoma in Denison, Texas, April 25.