Manson Wins Bass Fishing League Tournament on Grand Lake-St. Mary’s

Manson Wins Bass Fishing League Tournament on Grand Lake-St. Mary’s Scott Manson won the Bass Fishing League (BFL) Buckeye Division tournament on Grand Lake-St. Mary’s

CELINA, Ohio (May 13, 2019) – Boater Scott Manson of Covington, Ohio, brought five bass to the scale Saturday weighing 13 pounds, 4 ounces, to take top honors at the Bass Fishing League (BFL) Buckeye Division tournament on Grand Lake-St. Mary’s. For his efforts, Manson netted $4,046.


“I was fishing rocks, boat docks and a little bit of weeds on the south side of the lake, mid-way down the lake,” said Manson, who notched his third win in BFL competition – second on Grand Lake-St. Marys. “I was in a couple of creeks. I had multiple areas, but most of the fish came out of those creeks.”


Manson said he caught six keepers – five of them on a black and blue-colored D&L jig with a Zoom Super Chunk Jr. trailer. The other, which he weighed, came on a Texas-rigged, green-pumpkin Netbait Paca Craw.


“I’d switch back and forth between the two. Working it slowly was the key– just taking my time and hitting everything I could,” said Manson. “It was cold and windy so I knew it would be tough.”


Manson said his equipment included 7-foot, 6-inch medium-heavy Elite Series Black and Bass Pro Shops Johnny Morris Signature Series Casting rods and Abu Garcia Revo Rocket and Bass Pro Shops Pro qualifier reels.


“I’ve got to mention my Nitro Z21 boat and Mercury outboard motor as well – it’s a very efficient motor, and the Nitro is a great boat to fish out of,” said Manson. “I also need to thank Freedom Outdoors here in Ohio, they get me everything I need to get out there and compete.”


The top 10 boaters finished the tournament in:

               1st:          Scott Manson, Covington, Ohio, five bass, 13-4, $4,046

               2nd:         Michael Manor, Sidney, Ohio, five bass, 13-3, $2,223

               3rd:          Curt Fiessinger, Minster, Ohio, five bass, 11-9, $1,348

               4th:          Brody Campbell, Oxford, Ohio, five bass, 11-5, $876

               4th:          B.J. Baxter, Willshire, Ohio, five bass, 11-5, $1,126

               6th:          Kevin Spears, New Boston, Ohio, four bass, 11-4, $742

               7th:          Gary Ginter, Lakeview, Ohio, five bass, 10-14, $774

               8th:          Brian Campbell, Oxford, Ohio, five bass, 10-13, $607

               9th:          Wes Campbell, Centerville, Ohio, five bass, 10-9, $689

               10th:        Dan Fry, Marysville, Ohio, four bass, 10-7, $472 

David Hoheisel of Westerville, Ohio, caught a 4-pound, 4-ounce bass – the heaviest of the event in the Boater Division – and earned the day’s Boater Big Bass award of $555. Jeff Whitsett of De Graff, Ohio, won the Co-angler Division and $2,300 Saturday after catching three bass weighing 10 pounds, 4 ounces.


The top 10 co-anglers were:

               1st:          Jeff Whitsett, De Graff, Ohio, three bass, 10-4, $2,300

               2nd:         Mike Geisler, Oxford, Ohio, four bass, 8-5, $1,211

               3rd:          Brad Edwards, Huber Heights, Ohio, four bass, 7-5, $674

               4th:          Samuel Jones, Morgantown, W. Va., three bass, 7-1, $472

               5th:          Daniel Shuga, Botkins, Ohio, three bass, 6-14, $455

               6th:          Melvin McNeal, Circleville, Ohio, four bass, 5-10, $371

               7th:          John Long, New Bremen, Ohio, three bass, 5-2, $337

               8th:          Kenny Smith, Austin, Ind., three bass, 4-15, $303

               9th:          Kenny Mitchell, Franklin, Ohio, two bass, 4-13, $270

               10th:        Marcus Dudley, Twinsburg, Ohio, three bass, 4-10, $236

Whitsett also caught the heaviest bass in the Co-angler Division, a fish weighing in at 4 pounds, 3 ounces. The catch earned him the day’s Co-angler Big Bass award of $277.

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