Brisbois Wins Bass Fishing League Tournament on Lake Lanier

Brisbois Wins Bass Fishing League Tournament on Lake Lanier Ben Brisbois won the 2018 FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Bulldog Division tournament on Lake Lanier

GAINESVILLE, Ga. (Feb. 26, 2018) – Boater Ben Brisbois of Gainesville, caught five bass weighing 20 pounds, 11 ounces, Saturday to win the 2018 FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Bulldog Division tournament on Lake Lanier. Brisbois earned $6,380 for his victory.


“Lanier is my home lake, and I knew that my best bet was to target spotted bass, so that’s what I did,” said Brisbois, who was fishing in his first career event as a boater in FLW competition. “I made a 20 to 25 minute run to the south end of the lake and I stayed there all day.


“I started off throwing a crankbait, but to no avail,” Brisbois continued. “Around 9 a.m. we weren’t getting any action so we moved to the backs of some pockets. I caught a couple of fish on a shaky-head rig, then the wind started blowing around 10 a.m. I knew that I had to get back out offshore, so we moved back out and I was able to put some keepers in the boat.”


Brisbois said he caught around a dozen fish throughout the day on an Ike’s Penguin-colored Rapala DT10 crankbait and an electric shad-colored Spot Sticker worm on a Spot Sticker shaky-head rig.


“The key was definitely moving back out when the wind started blowing,” Brisbois said. “They wouldn’t touch the crankbait earlier in the day, but when the wind picked up, in the exact same spots, we caught them.”


Brisbois limit was anchored by a 6-pound, 3-ounce spotted bass that he caught on the crankbait – his personal best.


“I was fishing a 7-foot, medium-heavy ALX IKOS Hustler rod with my crankbait and it made a huge difference,” Brisbois went on to say. “It’s designed for fishing mid-depth crankbaits and was a perfect set up for the DT10. The rod has enough tip where you’re not going to pull the hooks right out of their mouths, but enough backbone to crank 5- and 6-pounders in.”


The top 10 boaters finished the tournament in:

              1st:          Ben Brisbois, Gainesville, Ga., five bass, 20-11, $6,380

              2nd:         David Morton, Suwanne, Ga., five bass, 20-7, $2,242

              2nd:         Alan Piacentine, Dallas, Ga., five bass, 20-7, $3,097

              4th:         Jesse Millsaps, Jasper, Ga., five bass, 19-3, $1,455

              5th:         Brock Turner, Jasper, Ga., five bass, 19-1, $1,076

              6th:         Shane Peck, Gainesville, Ga., five bass, 18-2, $986

              7th:         Patrick Bone, Cleveland, Ga., five bass, 17-13, $897

              8th:         Brad Fowler, Townville, S.C., five bass, 17-3, $907

              9th:         Josh Maddox, Gainesville, Ga., five bass, 16-8, $717

              10th:       Bryan Hinkle, Cumming, Ga., five bass, 16-7, $628

Piacentine caught a largemouth weighing 8 pounds, 8 ounces – the heaviest of the event in the Boater Division – and earned the day’s Boater Big Bass award of $855. Ronald Harris of Jefferson, Georgia, won the Co-angler Division and $2,620 Saturday after catching a five-bass limit weighing 14 pounds, 12 ounces.


The top 10 co-anglers were:

              1st:          Ronald Harris, Jefferson, Ga., five bass, 14-12, $2,620

              2nd:         Ben Adams, Buford, Ga., five bass, 13-8, $1,310

              3rd:         Jack Fowler, Coleman, Ga., five bass, 12-14, $744

              3rd:         Andrew Fisher, Alexandria, Ala., five bass, 12-14, $744

              5th:         Josh Kemp, Ball Ground, Ga., five bass, 12-13, $502

              5th:         Jerry Bryant, Douglas, Ga., five bass, 12-13, $502

              7th:         Jerry Brumfield, Cumming, Ga., five bass, 12-3, $415

              7th:         Stephen Young, Canton, Ga., five bass, 12-3, $415

              9th:         Joe Anders, Easley, S.C.., three bass, 11-14, $349

              10th:       Jason Wilson, Lula, Ga., five bass, 11-13, $390

              10th:       Don Hall, Mableton, Ga., five bass, 11-13, $290

John Blevins of Cumming, Georgia, caught the largest bass in the Co-angler Division – a 5-pound, 3-ounce fish. The catch earned him the day’s Co-angler Big Bass award of $412.

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