Fulps Wins Bass Fishing League Tournament on Grand Lake

Fulps Wins Bass Fishing League Tournament on Grand Lake Derek Fulps won the FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Okie Division tournament on Grand Lake.

GROVE, Okla. (March 13, 2017) – Derek Fulps of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, weighed a five-bass limit totaling 21 pounds, 10 ounces, Saturday to win the FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Okie Division tournament on Grand Lake. For his win, Fulps took home $5,996.


“My three biggest bass came on a Molting Craw-colored Elk River Finesse Jig,” said Fulps, who earned his second career win in FLW competition. “I worked it through mid-lake areas around docks and where bass were staging. I had a lot of success on bluff ends, specifically ones that transitioned into a flat with pea gravel and smaller rock.”


Fulps said that the slope of the bluff ends was an important factor in his areas.


“The bluff ends produced a lot more than the bluffs themselves – I couldn’t find bass on the 45-degree banks,” said Fulps. “By 11 a.m., I had three bass in the boat nearing 17 pounds.”


In the afternoon, Fulps said he continued working bluff ends using a Storm Wiggle Wart. He said he stayed mid-lake, and was able to top off a five-bass limit.


“With 10 minutes left to fish, I caught my sixth keeper and culled out one of the smaller Wiggle Wart fish,” said Fulps. “It came in on a War Eagle Spinnerbait and ended up winning me the event by 3 ounces.”


The top 10 boaters finished the tournament in:

               1st:          Derek Fulps, Broken Arrow, Okla., five bass, 21-10, $5,996

               2nd:         Kevin Treece, Fort Smith, Ark., five bass, 21-7, $2,898

               3rd:          Kyle Kitts, Joplin, Mo., five bass, 19-3, $1,934

               4th:          Cade Alsbury, Springdale, Ark., five bass, 17-15, $1,352

               5th:          Larry Crouch, Carthage, Mo., five bass, 17-11, $1,159

               6th:          Dalton Harbin, Harrah, Okla., four bass, 17-7, $2,008

               7th:          Luke Frazier, Owasso, Okla., five bass, 17-1, $1,066

               8th:          James Marsh, Thomas, Okla., five bass, 16-6, $869

               9th:          Ryan Wilbanks, Wagoner, Okla., five bass, 16-1, $773

               10th:        Robert Myers, Broken Arrow, Okla., five bass, 15-11, $676

Harbin caught a bass weighing 8 pounds, 2 ounces – the largest of the event – which earned him the day’s Boater Big Bass award of $945. Chris Spence of Marlow, Oklahoma, weighed in three bass totaling 13 pounds, 5 ounces Saturday to win the Co-angler Division and the top prize of $3,370.


The top 10 co-anglers were:

               1st:          Chris Spence, Marlow, Okla., three bass, 13-5, $3,370

               2nd:         Kurt Gordon, Cushing, Okla., three bass, 11-9, $1,449

               3rd:          J.P. Northcutt, Wyandotte, Okla., three bass, 8-15, $967

               4th:          Kevin Tye, Watts, Okla., four bass, 8-8, $676

               5th:          Chris Rinehart, Mustang, Okla., two bass, 8-5, $580

               6th:          Phillip Delong, Stillwater, Okla., three bass, 8-4, $531

               7th:          Christopher Johnson, Kansas, Okla., two bass, 7-9, $483

               8th:          Patrick Weir, Broken Arrow, Okla., three bass, 7-8, $435

               9th:          Kevin Turner, Sand Springs, Okla., two bass, 7-7, $586

               10th:        Jay Nyce, Rogers, Ark., two bass, 7-4, $321

               10th:        Jimmy Green, Grove, Okla., three bass, 7-4, $321

Spence also caught the biggest bass of the tournament in the Co-angler Division, a fish weighing 9 pounds even. The catch earned him the day’s Co-angler Big Bass award of $472.

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