Bean Wins Bass Fishing League Tournament at DeGray Lake

March 27, 2023
Bass Fishing League (BFL) News

ARKADELPHIA, Ark. (March 27, 2023) – Boater Brian Bean of Hot Springs, Arkansas, caught a five-bass limit weighing 18 pounds, 6 ounces, Saturday to win the MLF Phoenix Bass Fishing League (BFL) tournament on DeGray Lake. The tournament was the second event of the season for the BFL Arkie Division. Bean earned $5,844 for his victory.

“I started out and was throwing a Berkley PowerBait Power Lizard and caught my big fish, a 9-5, 10 minutes into the tournament,” said Bean. “That started me off right, and I thought all I’d have to do was go catch a couple of two pounders and I’d be in pretty good shape. But, it was a struggle.”

After fishing got a little more challenging for Bean, he changed tactics and began using a Berkley PowerBait MaxScent The General Worm on a spinning reel near the bank on the edge of the grass line and caught more fish, including a 3-pounder that was his last fish of the day. Bean said he caught only five keepers in the mid-to-lower end of DeGray during the tournament. Those five keepers turned out to be the right five, and Bean posted his second career BFL win.

“The deepest I got was eight feet,” Bean said. “The lake had come up and back down, and there’s some algae that had grown, and I tried to stay in the clean spots where the fish were coming to spawn. I had another 5-pounder I was trying to catch, and I had a few minutes left, but I thought it wasn’t worth it, and decided to head back to weigh-in with what I had.

“I love fishing DeGray,” Bean added. “I have won a ton of money there, but that 9-5 is nowhere the biggest fish I’ve caught there. There are some dang big ones in there. Four years ago I caught one that weighed 12.69 on certified scales.”

The top 10 boaters finished the tournament:

                1st:        Brian Bean, Hot Springs, Ark., five bass, 18-6, $5,844
                2nd:       Blake Martin, Dardanelle, Ark., five bass, 13-13, $2,122
                3rd:       Quincy Houchin, Mabelvale, Ark., five bass, 13-12, $1,913 (includes $500 Phoenix MLF Contingency Bonus)
                4th:        Ben Blaschke, Roland, Okla., five bass, 13-6, $990
                5th:        Teddy Bogard, White Hall, Ark., five bass, 13-2, $849
                6th:        William Mahan, Malvern, Ark., five bass, 12-14, $778
                7th:        Mike Rhinehart, Pottsville, Ark., five bass, 12-8, $707
                8th:        Wayne Dixon, Morrilton, Ark., five bass, 12-1, $637
                9th:        Tim Rasberry, Clarksville, Ark., five bass, 11-6, $566
                10th:     Devin Garner, Arkadelphia, Ark., four bass, 11-5, $495

Bean also caught a largemouth that weighed 9 pounds, 5 ounces, and earned the Big Bass Boater award of $600. Steve Duggan of Pearcy, Arkansas, won the co-angler division and a total of $2,122 Saturday, after bringing five bass to the scale that weighed 12 pounds, 12 ounces.

The top 10 co-anglers finished:

                1st:        Steve Duggan, Pearcy, Ark., five bass, 12-12, $2,122
                2nd:       Randy Allen, Russellville, Ark., five bass, 10-12, $1,261
                3rd:       Reid Prescott, Little Rock, Ark., five bass, 10-11, $707
                4th:        Frank Reynolds, Bryant, Ark., five bass, 10-1, $495
                5th:        Todd Christen, Conway, Ark., five bass, 9-12, $424
                6th:        John McCullar, Benton, Ark., four bass, 9-9, $389
                7th:        John Hankins, Atkins, Ark., five bass, 9-7, $354
                8th:        Clayton Self, Benton, Ark., five bass, 9-3, $468
                9th:        Colton Arnold, Hope, Ark., five bass, 8-2, $265
                9th:        Adam Wright, Benton, Ark., five bass, 8-2, $265

Michael Morgan of Hot Springs, Arkansas, earned the Big Bass co-angler award of $300, catching a largemouth that weighed in at 5 pounds, 5 ounces – the largest co-angler catch of the day.

After two events, Blake Martin of Dardanelle, Arkansas, leads the BFL Arkie Division Boater Angler of the Year (AOY) race with 499 points, while John Hankins of Atkins, Arkansas, leads the Strike King Co-Angler Division AOY race with 489 points.