Colwell Wins Bass Fishing League Tournament on Lake Erie

Colwell Wins Bass Fishing League Tournament on Lake Erie Hunter Colwell won the Bass Fishing League (BFL) Buckeye Division tournament on Lake Erie

SANDUSKY, Ohio (Sept. 18, 2017) – Hunter Colwell of Zanesfield, Ohio, won the Bass Fishing League (BFL) Buckeye Division tournament on Lake Erie Sunday with a two-day cumulative catch of 10 bass weighing 35 pounds, 10 ounces. For his win, Colwell earned $5,126.


“It was awesome to get the win,” said Colwell, who earned his first career victory in BFL competition. “Both days I was just dragging a drop-shot rig around Middle Bass Island. I was fishing in 8 to 14 feet of water, rotating through four different rock piles.”


Colwell estimated that he caught 8 bass on Saturday and 12 to 13 bass on Sunday – all smallmouth. He said that he rigged his drop-shot with a Smoke-colored Strike King KVD Dream Shot.


“I could see the fish on my Lowrance graphs,” Colwell said. “The key was being able to follow the fish and adjust, because they were moving from one rock pile to the next. I had only found one rock pile in practice coming into the tournament, but I was able to find the other three on the first day by just fishing around the area with my electronics on.”


The top 10 boaters finished the tournament in:

               1st:          Hunter Colwell, Zanesfield, Ohio, 10 bass, 35-10, $5,126

               2nd:         Steve Hatfield, Ashland, Ohio, 10 bass, 34-13, $2,563

               3rd:          Scott Manson, Covington, Ohio, 10 bass, 33-10, $1,709

               4th:          Dick Shaffer, Rockford, Ohio, 10 bass, 33-7, $1,196

               5th:          Ronald Nutter, Saint Louisville, Ohio, 10 bass, 33-3, $1,225

               6th:          Cody Seeger, Lewistown, Ohio, 10 bass, 32-1, $1,040

               7th:          Chris Martinkovic, Hamilton, Ohio, nine bass, 29-14, $1,484

               8th:          Sean Wieda, Florence, Ky., 10 bass, 29-12, $769

               9th:          Kyle Lackey, Tipp City, Ohio, 10 bass, 29-6, $683

               10th:        Josh Smith, Hamilton, Ohio, eight bass, 29-4, $598


Martinkovic caught a bass weighing 5 pounds, 10 ounces – the heaviest of the event in the Boater Division. The catch earned him the Boater Big Bass award of $630. Trevor Howard of Union, Kentucky, caught a two-day total of 10 bass weighing 28 pounds, 11 ounces, to win the Co-angler Division and $2,563.

The top 10 co-anglers were:

               1st:          Trevor Howard, Union, Ky., 10 bass, 28-11, $2,563

               2nd:         Billy Crider Jr., Kettering, Ohio, 10 bass, 28-2, $1,281

               3rd:          Alfie Bricker, West Portsmouth, Ohio, nine bass, 27-9, $1,053

               4th:          Brian Kich, Berea, Ohio, nine bass, 26-12, $648

               5th:          Mark Miller, Baltic, Ohio, 10 bass, 25-7, $513

               6th:          Eric Thompson, Otway, Ohio, eight bass, 24-3, $470

               7th:          Dan Minor, Norwalk, Ohio, eight bass, 23-3, $427

               8th:          Daniel Hurst, Troy, Ohio, eight bass, 22-1, $384

               9th:          Ron Weisenburger, Continental, Ohio, eight bass, 19-3, $342

               10th:        Ethan Reese, Clayton, Ohio, nine bass, 19-1, $299

Jeremiah Sall of Wintersville, Ohio, caught the largest bass in the Co-angler Division – a fish weighing 5 pounds, 4 ounces – and earned the Co-angler Big Bass award of $315.

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