Sanders Wins Bass Fishing League Tournament on Barren River

Sanders Wins Bass Fishing League Tournament on Barren River Eric Sanders won the Bass Fishing League (BFL) Regional tournament on the Barren River.
 

GLASGOW, Ky. (Oct. 23, 2017) – Boater Eric Sanders of Lexington, Kentucky, caught a three-day cumulative total of 12 bass weighing 33 pounds, 10 ounces, to win the Bass Fishing League (BFL) Regional tournament on the Barren River. Sanders earned $65,000 for his efforts, including a new Ranger Z518C boat with a 200-horsepower Evinrude outboard and automatic entry into the 2018 BFL All-American Championship. Sanders spent the weekend targeting brush piles and deep rock about 25 feet deep. He said his best brush was located off the ends of bluffs outside main-lake pockets.

 

“The (U.S. Army) Corps of Engineers started the winter drawdown about a week ago, and it kind of screwed up the shallow bite,” said Sanders, who earned his first career victory in FLW competition. “I just knew I had to fish out deep.”

 

All week, Sanders slowly dragged a 1/2-ounce Stan Sloan’s Zorro Bait Co. Booza Brush Bug jig. He used a Strike King Rage Twin Tail Menace Grub trailer Thursday and Friday, and a Zoom Twin Tail Grub trailer on Saturday.

 

“As soon as you felt rock or wood with the jig and pulled off of it, that’s when they ate it,” said Sanders. “You had to feel the cover – that was crucial.”

 

The top six boaters that qualified for the 2018 BFL All-American were:

               1st:          Eric Sanders, Lexington, Ky., 12 bass, 33-10, $65,000

               2nd:         Tim Rhoades, Bowling Green, Ky., 14 bass, 33-2, $10,000

               3rd:          Clint Bissonett, Beavercreek, Ohio, 12 bass, 27-1, $5,200

               4th:          Jack Dalzell, Elyria, Ohio, 12 bass, 27-0, $3,100

               5th:          Kyle Weisenburger, Ottawa, Ohio, 11 bass, 25-11, $2,000

               6th:          Brad Leifermann, Andover, Minn., 11 bass, 25-3, $1,800

Rounding out the top-10 boaters were:

               7th:          Ronny Webb, Dyersburg, Tenn., 10 bass, 25-2, $1,600

               8th:          Dick Shaffer, Rockford, Ohio, 11 bass, 24-11, $1,400

               9th:          Brandon Houston, Burlington, Ky., 11 bass, 24-7, $1,200

               10th:        Heath Wagner, Angola, Ind., 12 bass, 23-15, $1,000

 

Jim Stone of Greenwood, Indiana, won the Co-angler Division and a new Ranger Z518C boat with a 200-horsepower Evinrude outboard with a three-day cumulative catch of eight bass weighing 23 pounds, 5 ounces.

 

The top six co-anglers that qualified for the 2018 BFL All-American were:

               1st:          Jim Stone, Greenwood, Ind., eight bass, 23-5, $45,100

               2nd:         Philip Borsa, Redford, Mich., 11 bass, 20-2, $5,000

               3rd:          Andrew Gilliland, McArthur, Ohio, nine bass, 16-9, $2,500

               4th:          Danny Nicklin, Highland, Ill., eight bass, 15-9, $1,500

               5th:          Paul Vonwald, La Crosse, Wis., five bass, 14-11, $1,000

               6th:          Joseph Gulash, Edwardsville, Ill., five bass, 14-2, $900

Rounding out the top-10 co-anglers were:

               7th:          James Wathen, Royal Oak, Mich., six bass, 13-1, $800

               8th:          Mark Saunders, Medina, Ohio, six bass, 12-2, $700

               9th:          David Dieling, Eddyville, Ky., five bass, 11-5, $600

               10th:        Hunter Fillmore, Waynesville, Ohio, five bass, 11-5, $550

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