Lillie Wins Bass Fishing League Tournament on Eufaula Lake

Lillie Wins Bass Fishing League Tournament on Eufaula Lake Justin Lillie won the Bass Fishing League (BFL) tournament on Eufaula Lake

EUFAULA, Okla. (April 29, 2019) – Boater Justin Lillie of Edmond, Oklahoma, won the Bass Fishing League (BFL) Okie Division tournament on Eufaula Lake Sunday with five bass weighing 18 pounds, 8 ounces. Lillie earned $4,259 for his day on the water.


“I basically fished around the dam on the upper side of the lake 20 miles from takeoff and caught five keepers,” said Lillie, who earned his first career win in FLW competition. “I focused on postspawn bass around rock ledges. I had five locations I caught fish at, just running different little rock ledges and outcroppings.


“I worked in 6 to 10 feet of water,” continued Lillie. “I caught the biggest fish – my first – about 10 minutes in, and then one keeper every two hours after that.”


Lillie said he used a ¾- or 1-ounce white and chartreuse-colored Nichols Pulsator Metal Flake Double Willow spinnerbait with a chartreuse Zoom Fat Albert Grub trailer on 20-pound-test P-Line Tactical Fluorocarbon line, and a 7-foot, 5-inch Halo TI Series heavy-action rod with an Ardent C-Force 7:1 reel. He also weighed one on a shaky-head rig with a darker-colored Zoom Magnum Trick Worm.


The top 10 boaters finished the tournament in:

               1st:          Justin Lillie, Edmond, Okla., five bass, 18-8, $4,259

               2nd:         Nick Kincaid, Coweta, Okla., five bass, 16-15, $2,205

               3rd:          James Marsh, Thomas, Okla., five bass, 16-12, $1,336

               4th:          John Soukup, Agra, Okla., five bass, 16-8, $1,035

               5th:          Roger Hughes, Bartlesville, Okla., five bass, 15-6, $802

               6th:          Jeremy Johnson, Henryetta, Okla., five bass, 15-5, $735

               7th:          Sean McAllister, Checotah, Okla., five bass, 14-13, $634

               7th:          Mike Michelson, Altus, Okla., five bass, 14-13, $784

               9th:          Josh Poirop, Canadian, Okla., five bass, 14-11, $535

               10th:        Shonn Goodwin, Moore, Okla., five bass, 14-2, $468 

Matthew Palesano of Chickasha, Oklahoma, caught a 6-pound, 15-ounce bass – the heaviest of the event in the Boater Division – and earned the day’s Boater Big Bass award of $550. Dusty Duvall of Checotah, Oklahoma, won the Co-angler Division and $2,019 Sunday after catching five bass weighing 16 pounds, 15 ounces.


The top 10 co-anglers were:

               1st:          Dusty Duvall, Checotah, Okla., five bass, 16-15, $2,019

               2nd:         Jackie Copeland, Sallisaw, Okla., five bass, 16-3, $842

               2nd:         Kenny Howard, Watts, Okla., five bass, 16-3, $842

               4th:          Blayke Haggard, Gans, Okla., five bass, 14-9, $671

               5th:          Nic Conger, Fort Smith, Ark., five bass, 14-8, $454

               6th:          Hank Williams, Claremore, Okla., four bass, 14-0, $370

               7th:          Clint Symes, Yukon, Okla., five bass, 11-4, $336

               8th:          Joseph Morenzoni, Beggs, Okla., four bass, 11-0, $303

               9th:          Steve Bradfield, Claremore, Okla., five bass, 10-14, $269

               10th:        Kole Poindexter, Eufaula, Okla., three bass, 10-13, $235

Jase Morris of Edmond, Oklahoma, caught the heaviest bass in the Co-angler Division, a fish weighing in at 7 pounds, 1 ounce. The catch earned him the day’s Co-angler Big Bass award of $272.

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