Murray Wins Bass Fishing League Tournament at Lake Eufaula

April 8, 2024
Bass Fishing League (BFL) News

EUFAULA, Ala. (April 8, 2024) – Boater Jim Murray Jr. of Parrott, Georgia, caught a five-bass limit weighing 25 pounds, 12 ounces, Saturday to win the MLF Bass Fishing League (BFL) tournament on Lake Eufaula. The tournament was the third event of the season for the BFL Bulldog Division. Murray earned $4,046 for his victory.  Murray describes himself as old school. And he’s been fishing tournaments on Eufaula long enough to have a pretty solid milk run of spots where he can get bit this time of year.

With all that knowledge at his disposal, Murray didn’t have to follow the trend of using live sonar technology to win. Instead, he power fished his way to victory with a homemade spinnerbait (it resembles a big gizzard shad), a Z-Man Evergreen ChatterBait Jack Hammer and a swimbait.

“I’m 49 years old,” Murray said. “I’ve been fishing for a long time. I still think in one-day derbies you can power fish to win. But I don’t know in a multiple-day derby if you can. It’s hard to beat that black box.”

According to Murray, about half the bass in Eufaula have already spawned. With the fish in transition, he targeted isolated pieces of cover and structure.

“Isolated is the main thing,” he said. “This time of year, I like to focus on clay because you have a shad spawn coming up. Or isolated stumps off a bar. Just something where one fish can set up for a day or two to decide whatever it’s going to do. I caught some fish off chunk rock out of 5, 6, 7 foot of water off the bank. I caught some off manmade brush. The biggest thing is having enough targets.”

After catching a limit of spotted bass early, Murray ran his milk run and landed about 15 keepers. He never really got a big kicker bite. But, with solid quality in his limit, Murray finished more than 5 1/2 pounds ahead of second place to sew up his fifth career BFL win dating back to 2002.

“It was a fun day of fishing,” Murray added. “You can’t beat that.”

The top 10 boaters finished the tournament:

1st:        Jim Murray Jr., Parrott, Ga., five bass, 25-12, $4,046
2nd:       Buddy Benson, Dahlonega, Ga., five bass, 21-2, $2,023
3rd:       Todd Beaver, Richland, Ga., five bass, 20-6, $1,848 (includes $500 Phoenix MLF Contingency Bonus)
4th:        John Lee, Cataula, Ga., five bass, 19-15, $944
5th:        Sam Hanggi, Knoxville, Tenn., five bass, 18-15, $809
6th:        Bobby D. Padgett, Lagrange, Ga., five bass, 18-14, $742
7th:        Donald Griffith, Robertsdale, Ala., five bass, 18-3, $1,229
8th:        Mason White, Moultrie, Ga., five bass, 18-2, $607
9th:        Ashley Drake, Box Springs, Ga., five bass, 18-0, $539
10th:     Rodger Beaver, Dawson, Ga., five bass, 17-15, $472

Complete results can be found at

Donald Griffith of Robertsdale, Alabama, caught a bass that weighed 6 pounds, 6 ounces, and earned the Big Bass Boater award of $555. Jeff Cook of Columbus, Georgia, won the co-angler division and $2,023 Saturday, after bringing five bass to the scale that totaled 14 pounds, 13 ounces.

The top 10 co-anglers finished:

1st:        Jeff Cook, Columbus, Ga., five bass, 14-13, $2,023
2nd:       Jeffrey Webb, Watkinsville, Ga., five bass, 14-3, $1,011
3rd:       Josten Harvey, Fairburn, Ga., five bass, 13-0, $674
4th:        Conery Williams, Macon, Ga., five bass, 12-12, $472
5th:        Anthony Fattal, Warner Robins, Ga., five bass, 11-8, $405
6th:        Isaiah Payne, Jasper, Ga., five bass, 11-2, $371
7th:        Jaquas Dobbs, Conyers, Ga., five bass, 11-0, $337
8th:        Chris Davies, Milner, Ga., three bass, 10-13, $303
9th:        Bradley Hoff, Brooks, Ga., five bass, 10-10, $270
10th:     Richard Causey, Perry, Ga., five bass, 10-3, $236

Brad Beard of Moreland, Georgia, earned the Berkley Big Bass co-angler award of $277, catching a bass that weighed in at 7 pounds, 2 ounces – the largest co-angler catch of the day.