Fulps Wins Bass Fishing League Tournament on Grand LakeFulps 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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