Matlock Won the Bass Fishing League (BFL) Tournament on Greers Ferry

Matlock Won the Bass Fishing League (BFL) Tournament on Greers Ferry Tyler Matlock won the Bass Fishing League (BFL) Arkie Division tournament on Greers Ferry Lake

GREERS FERRY, Ark. (May 20, 2019) – Boater Tyler Matlock of Omaha, Arkansas, caught 11 pounds, 9 ounces of bass Saturday to win the Bass Fishing League (BFL) Arkie Division tournament on Greers Ferry Lake. For his efforts, Matlock took home $3,205.


“I stayed in the upper lake area, in the creeks, fishing for largemouth in clumps of bushes,” said Matlock, who earned his second career victory in BFL competition. “There were little stretches – maybe 50-yards long – of those clumps, but they might only hold a few fish. I probably fished 10 or 15 of the stretches and caught keepers out of two creeks.


“I started off with a couple of topwater baits, but couldn’t get anything going,” continued Matlock. “After a little breeze picked up, I switched to a ½-ounce (chartreuse and white-colored) Chompers spinnerbait with a (White Pearl-colored) Zoom Split Tail trailer and caught a Kentucky bass. As I got out of the wind, I switched to a (Texas-rigged, green-pumpkin Reaction Innovations) Sweet Beaver and pitched the bushes. Within five minutes I caught a good keeper largemouth and within the hour I had four, including three of my biggest.”


At that time, Matlock said he went farther upriver and caught another keeper largemouth on the spinnerbait to cull out his Kentucky bass. He said he culled one more time, also up the river, using the Sweet Beaver with 30 to 40 minutes left to fish.


The top 10 boaters finished the tournament in:

               1st:          Tyler Matlock, Omaha, Ark., five bass, 11-9, $3,205

               2nd:         Shawn Gordon, Russellville, Ark., five bass, 10-14, $2,053

               3rd:          Jessie Clark, Bonnerdale, Ark., five bass, 10-6, $1,068

               4th:          Dylan Hays, El Dorado, Ark., five bass, 9-12, $848

               5th:          Chip Hawkins, Little Rock, Ark., five bass, 9-8, $614

               5th:          Spencer Shuffield, Hot Springs, Ark., five bass, 9-8, $614

               7th:          Travis Mosley, Benton, Ark., five bass, 9-6, $534

               8th:          Charlie Lawrence, Plainview, Ark., five bass, 9-4, $481

               9th:          Shad Reeves, Batesville, Ark., five bass, 8-13, $379

               9th:          Kevin Brown, Hot Springs, Ark., five bass, 8-13, $829

               9th:          Allan Reaves, Pottsville, Ark., five bass, 8-13, $379 

Nick Jones of Benton, Arkansas, 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 $385. Tony Smith of Bryant, Arkansas, won the Co-angler Division and $1,703 Saturday after catching five bass weighing 9 pounds, 12 ounces.


The top 10 co-anglers were:

               1st:          Tony Smith, Bryant, Ark., five bass, 9-12, $1,703

               2nd:         David Hardin, Bethel, Okla., five bass, 9-0, $801

               3rd:          Aaron Calvert, Russellville, Ark., five bass, 8-12, $683

               4th:          Tony Reynolds, Austin, Ark., four bass, 8-6, $566

               5th:          Robert Scott, Little Rock, Ark., five bass, 8-2, $371

               6th:          Stan Cullipher, Malvern, Ark., five bass, 7-9, $294

               7th:          Alan West, Searcy, Ark., five bass, 7-8, $267

               8th:          Randy Bridges, Quitman, Ark., five bass, 7-5, $240

               9th:          Pete Clark, Malvern, Ark., five bass, 7-3, $200

               9th:          Bradley Branson, Bryant, Ark., five bass, 7-3, $200

Reynolds caught the heaviest bass in the Co-angler Division, a fish weighing in at 3 pounds, 7 ounces. The catch earned him the day’s Co-angler Big Bass award of $192.

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