Houston Wins Bass Fishing League Tournament on Indian Lake

Houston Wins Bass Fishing League Tournament on Indian Lake Brandon Houston won the Bass Fishing League (BFL) Buckeye Division tournament on Indian Lake

LAKEVIEW, Ohio (Sept. 10, 2018) – Boater Brandon Houston of Burlington, Kentucky, won the Bass Fishing League (BFL) Buckeye Division tournament on Indian Lake Sunday with a two-day cumulative catch of 10 bass weighing 19 pounds, 2 ounces. Houston took home $4,944 for his win.


“I started out fishing pads on Saturday, but I didn’t have a fish in the boat at 11 (a.m.),” said Houston, who earned his second career win in BFL competition. “I decided to move and fish stretches of rock in the Black Hawk area of the lake. Other anglers seemed to be casting reaction-type baits like spinnerbaits and crankbaits, so I decided to slow down and drag a tube.”


Houston said he used a Texas-rigged green-pumpkin Strike King KVD Pro-Model Tube with a ¼-ounce tungsten weight with a 4/0-sized Black Chrome-colored Owner Wide Gap Plus hook. He threw the bait using 20-pound-test Seaguar InvizX line on a 7-foot Falcon BuCoo SR Heavy Casting rod.


“On Sunday I started by the ramp and a caught couple of keepers, but then went until 11:30 (a.m.) again without a bite,” said Houston. “I went down a stretch where I’d caught a couple on Saturday and caught two more. By that time, I’d already fished my main stretch from Saturday, but it seemed like they were pulling up on that rock later in the day, so I went back at about 1:30 (p.m.) and caught my biggest fish of the day. Those were the only five bites I got.”


Houston added that his second fish – a 2½-pounder – came from pads on a black Strike King KVD Sexy Frog.


The top 10 boaters finished the tournament in:

              1st:           Brandon Houston, Burlington, Ky., 10 bass, 19-2, $4,944

               2nd:         Cody Seeger, Bellefontaine, Ohio, 10 bass, 15-7, $2,472

               3rd:          Kyle Weisenburger, Ottawa, Ohio, 10 bass, 15-5, $1,579

               4th:          Jeremy Tenwalde, Ft. Jennings, Ohio, nine bass, 14-12, $1,107

               5th:          Miles Johnson, Centerville, Ohio, 10 bass, 13-7, $1,249

               6th:          Eric Moore, Hamilton, Ohio, eight bass, 13-4, $870

               7th:          Josh Smith, Hamilton, Ohio, eight bass, 11-14, $791

               8th:          Ron Hiles, Piketon, Ohio, five bass, 11-8, $1,282

               9th:          Jay Ellis, Celina, Ohio, five bass, 10-7, $633

               10th:        Kevin Spears, New Boston, Ohio, four bass, 9-8, $553

Hiles caught a bass weighing 3 pounds, 12 ounces – the heaviest of the event in the Boater Division. The catch earned him the Boater Big Bass award of $570. Austin Thome of Oxford, Ohio, caught a two-day total of seven bass weighing 8 pounds, 10 ounces, to win the Co-angler Division and $2,238.

The top 10 co-anglers were:

              1st:           Austin Thome, Oxford, Ohio, seven bass, 8-10, $2,238

               2nd:         Jordan Scales, Russells Point, Ohio, five bass, 7-15, $1,119

               3rd:          James McWhorter, Hamilton, Ohio, four bass, 6-12, $748

               4th:          Mark Miller, Baltic, Ohio, three bass, 5-9, $522

               5th:          Darian Ginter, Maplewood, Ohio, five bass, 5-7, $448

               6th:          Aaron Stahley, Batavia, Ohio, four bass, 5-1, $610

               7th:          Jeff Turner, Plainfield, Ill., three bass, 5-0, $373

               8th:          David Rackley, Kettering, Ohio, three bass, 4-11, $336

               9th:          Rick McGuire, Brookville, Ohio, two bass, 4-8, $298

               10th:        Aaron Kuhlmann, Hamilton, Ohio, three bass, 4-7, $261

Logan Kaplon of Rural Valley, Pennsylvania, caught the largest bass in the Co-angler Division – a fish weighing 3 pounds even – and earned the Co-angler Big Bass award of $262.

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