Langton Wins Bass Fishing League Tournament at Kentucky-Barkley Lakes

May 8, 2023
Bass Fishing League (BFL) News

GILBERTSVILLE, Ky. (May 8, 2023) – Boater Daniel Langton of Evansville, Indiana, caught a five-bass limit weighing 19 pounds, 10 ounces, Saturday to win the MLF Phoenix Bass Fishing League (BFL) tournament on Kentucky-Barkley Lakes. The tournament was the fourth event of the season for the BFL LBL Division. Langton earned $4,082 for his victory.

“I headed over to Barkley and flipped shallow all day,” said Langton. “I figured the full moon would make a fresh wave of spawning fish come up, since the water temperature is still pretty cool.”

Langdon said his tactic paid off well, and every bass he caught was either spawning or pre-spawn. He targeted isolated wood and bushes with a Big Bite Baits Fighting Frog, which produced seven keepers during the course of the day. He added the bass didn’t hit the bait as well in early, low-light conditions where bass would swipe at the bait and miss it.

“Once the sun popped out at 10:30, that was the game changer,” Langton said. “That’s when they started eating it really well.

“About noon I started culling,” Langton added. “Then I caught a big one that weighed 5-4 with about 10 minutes to go before I had to make the run back.”

Langton said the 5-4 bass came from a spot where he knew big fish lived and had stopped to flip a few bushes before heading to weigh-in. He said four bushes into the stop the big bass fell for the Fighting Frog.

“I really didn’t think I was going to win, because I had a 15-incher in my bag,” Langton said. “I think that’s about to change, because the fishery is coming back and getting a lot healthier, and we’re seeing a lot more 4- to 5-pound fish than we have been seeing.”

The top 10 boaters finished the tournament:

                1st:        Daniel Langton, Evansville, Ind., five bass, 19-10, $4,082
                2nd:       Adrian Urso, Union, Ky., five bass, 18-11, $2,041
                3rd:       Jordan Hartman, Murray, Ky., five bass, 17-4, $1,362
                4th:        Drew Morgan, Noblesville, Ind., five bass, 16-6, $952
                5th:        Scott McWaters, Clarksville, Tenn., five bass, 16-2, $1,036
                6th:        Drew Lynch, Paducah, Ky., five bass, 15-5, $748
                7th:        Gary Singleton, Dickson, Tenn., five bass, 14-11, $680
                8th:        Ray Barga, Benton, Ky., five bass, 14-7, $612
                9th:        Brian Futch, Herrin, Ill., five bass, 14-6, $1,044 (includes $500 Phoenix MLF Contingency Bonus)
                10th:     Richard Meuth, Henderson, Ky., five bass, 14-2, $476

Edward Gettys of Dover, Tennessee, caught a bass that weighed 6 pounds, 5 ounces, and earned the Berkley Big Bass Boater award of $560. Sam Mann of Gilbertsville, Kentucky, won the co-angler division and $2,005 Saturday, after bringing five bass to the scale that totaled 15 pounds even.

The top 10 Strike King co-anglers finished:

                1st:        Sam Mann, Gilbertsville, Ky., five bass, 15-0, $2,005
                2nd:       Bernard Campos, Round Lake Beach, Ill., five bass, 13-6, $1,002
                3rd:       Ron Robinson, Pittsburg, Ill., five bass, 12-6, $668
                4th:        Cowboy Tidwell, Madisonville, Ky., four bass, 11-9, $468
                5th:        Marcus Mann, Benton, Ky., three bass, 10-15, $601
                6th:        Carl Oelker, Greenbrier, Tenn., five bass, 10-11, $368
                7th:        Sean O’Brien, McKenzie, Tenn., five bass, 10-6, $334
                8th:        Daren Tindle, Owensboro, Ky., four bass, 9-8, $301
                9th:        C.J. Canada, Kevil, Ky., three bass, 7-13, $267
                10th:     Philip Wright, Bedford, Ky., four bass, 7-6, $234

Michael Blumer of Louisville, Kentucky, earned the Berkley Big Bass co-angler award of $275, catching a bass that weighed in at 3 pounds, 15 ounces – the largest co-angler catch of the day.

After four events, Sam Moll of Hershey, Pennsylvania, leads the BFL LBL Division Boater Angler of the Year (AOY) race with 975 points, while Sean O’Brien of McKenzie, Tennessee, leads the Strike King Co-Angler Division AOY race with 957 points.