Pickett Wins Bass Fishing League Tournament on Ross Barnett Reservoir

Pickett Wins Bass Fishing League Tournament on Ross Barnett Reservoir Pickett Jr. won the Bass Fishing League (BFL) Mississippi Division tournament on Ross Barnett Reservoir

BRANDON, Miss. (March 11, 2019) – Boater Lloyd Pickett Jr. of Bartlett, Tennessee, brought five bass to the scale Sunday weighing 16 pounds, 11 ounces, to win the Bass Fishing League (BFL) Mississippi Division tournament on Ross Barnett Reservoir. For his win, Pickett earned $5,766. Pickett said he fished mid-lake bank lines in 1 to 1½ feet of water on the western side of Ross Barnett Reservoir. He said he had three main areas and that he used a Carolina rig to pick them apart.


“It was a slow, methodical fishing day of fishing,” said Pickett, who earned his fifth win in BFL competition – third on Ross Barnett. “The areas had patches of grass in the water. If it was one solid clump you wouldn’t get a bite, but if there were isolated clumps off to the side, I’d throw at those.


“I think they were prespawn bass trying to pull up. I worked them over slow because of the cold front that was coming through Sunday morning,” continued Pickett. “During practice, the weather was bad, but I caught 20 and shook off 20, so I think that weather really shut them down. On the day of the tournament, I maybe had 10 keepers, but they were quality.”


Pickett said he used a Carolina-rigged Zoom Baby Brush Hog and a small Strike King creature bait to entice his fish. He said he used darker colors like junebug if the water was stained, and green-pumpkin if it was clearer.


“Water temperature was a huge factor – I can’t stress that enough,” said Pickett. “At takeoff, it was around 56 degrees, and when it hit 60 or 61, it made all the difference in the world. My first two areas were colder, but the third stretch was sheltered from the wind and was about 62 degrees. It took a little while, but the bite got better around 11 (a.m.).”


The top 10 boaters finished the tournament in:

               1st:          Lloyd Pickett Jr., Bartlett, Tenn., five bass, 16-11, $3,766 + $2,000 Ranger Cup Bonus

               2nd:         Mitch Crane, Columbus, Miss., five bass, 15-5, $2,083

               3rd:          Joel Barber, Brandon, Miss., five bass, 13-1, $1,256

               4th:          Kirk Tisdale, Ellisville, Miss., five bass, 12-6, $816

               4th:          Gary Caruso, Baton Rouge, La., five bass, 12-6, $1,216

               6th:          Travis Mosley, Benton, Ark., five bass, 11-5, $690

               7th:          Ray King, Brandon, Miss., three bass, 11-3, $628

               8th:          Darrell Hunter, Lena, Miss., three bass, 10-5, $565

               9th:          Shan Schoenrock, Aliceville, Ala., five bass, 9-13, $502

               10th:        Jason Hannah, Forest, Miss., five bass, 9-12, $439 

Corey Sullivan of Brandon, Mississippi, caught a 6-pound, 3-ounce bass – the heaviest of the event in the Boater Division – and earned the day’s Boater Big Bass award of $500. Nick Quaintance of Russellville, Alabama, won the Co-angler Division and $1,883 Saturday after catching four bass weighing 12 pounds, 2 ounces.


The top 10 co-anglers were:

               1st:          Nick Quaintance, Russellville, Ala., four bass, 12-2, $1,883

               2nd:         Don White, Columbus, Miss., five bass, 11-0, $942

               3rd:          Tres Dobbins, Collinsville, Miss., three bass, 7-8, $627

               4th:          Kevin Smith, Yazoo City, Miss., three bass, 7-0, $639

               5th:          Tim Beale, Hernando, Miss., three bass, 6-9, $427

               6th:          Jerry Riddle, Summit, Miss., one bass, 6-2, $595

               7th:          Chuck Channell, Clinton, Miss., three bass, 5-10, $314

               8th:          Joshua Harris, Jackson, Miss., three bass, 5-9, $282

               9th:          Chris Bowers, Brandon, Miss., three bass, 5-6, $251

               10th:        Joey Tanner, Meridian, Miss., one bass, 4-11, $220

Riddle caught the largest bass in the Co-angler Division, a fish weighing in at 6 pounds, 2 ounces. The catch earned him the day’s Co-angler Big Bass award of $250.

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