Newberry Wins Bass Fishing League Tournament on Toledo Bend


ZWOLLE, La. (May 13, 2013) – Dicky Newberry of Houston, Texas, weighed a five-bass limit totaling 19 pounds even Saturday to win the Bass Fishing League Cowboy Division tournament on Toledo Bend Reservoir. For his victory, Newberry earned $6,632.
     “I fished on the south end of the lake,” said Newberry. “I decided that I really wanted to concentrate on the grass and hydrilla near Housen Bay.”
     Newberry fished the edges of the grass, keying on secondary points. He said that the majority of his fish came from a Strike King Lures chartreuse shad-colored 6XD crankbait, but he did catch a few throwing a swimbait.
     “Once I started to concentrate on the secondary points I really keyed in on the pattern,” Newberry said. “Then, I started covering a lot of water in my Ranger boat that people hadn’t already fished. That was the difference maker for me.”
     Newberry estimated that he caught 20 fish throughout the day, with 10 of them weighing more than three pounds.
     “Most of my weight came before 9 a.m.,” Newberry said. “I was able to cull a few times, though. It was a fun day.”
     Rounding out the top 10 pros were:
            2nd:   Stephen Johnston, Hemphill, Texas, five bass, 17-15, $1,816
            3rd:   Nicholas Albus, Trinity, Texas, five bass, 16-1, $1,210
            4th:   Kevin Lasyone, Dry Prong, La., five bass, 16-0, $847
            5th:   James Dunn, Lecompte, La., five bass, 15-11, $696
            5th:   Scotty Villines, Ponca, Ark., five bass, 15-11, $696
            7th:   Charles Hammack, New Caney, Texas, five bass, 15-9, $605
            8th:   Dusty Anders, Deville, La., five bass, 15-5, $514
            8th:   Ken Smith, Dallas, Texas, five bass, 15-5, $514
            10th: Phil Marks, Dallas, Texas, five bass, 14-4, $424
     Phil Caldwell of Webster, Texas, weighed a five-bass limit totaling 15 pounds, 3 ounces Saturday to win $1,816 in the co-angler division.  Rounding out the top 10 co-anglers were:
            2nd:   Ron Knight, Hot Springs, Ark., four bass, 14-15, $908
            3rd:   Dennis Jones, Oakdale, La., five bass, 14-13, $606
            4th:   Brandon Booth, Bryan, Texas, five bass, 12-4, $424
            5th:   Bill Fussell, Thibodaux, La., five bass, 12-0, $363
            6th:   Terry Lindsay, Beckville, Texas, four bass, 11-3, $333
            7th:   James Moore Jr., Lampasas, Texas, four bass, 10-1, $303
            8th:   Robert Derr, Hawkins, Texas, five bass, 9-12, $272
            9th:   Chad Estep, Prairieville, La., four bass, 9-4, $242
            10th: Michael Vestal, Carrollton, Texas, two bass, 8-4, $212
     The final BFL Cowboy Division tournament is scheduled for Sept. 14-15 on Sam Rayburn Reservoir in Jasper, Texas. After that 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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