Herron and Rutland Tie for Win at Bass Fishing League Tournament on Lay Lake

Herron and Rutland Tie for Win at Bass Fishing League Tournament on Lay Lake Dusty Herron and and Chris Rutland tied for the win at the Bass Fishing League (BFL) Bama Division tournament on Lay Lake

COLUMBIANA, Ala. (May 13, 2019) – Boaters Dusty Herron of Alabaster, Alabama, and Chris Rutland of Wetumpka, Alabama, each caught five bass Saturday weighing 16 pounds even to tie for the win at the Bass Fishing League (BFL) Bama Division tournament on Lay Lake. After contingency awards, Rutland earned $3,435, while Herron took home $2,435.


“I changed up my strategy a little bit because of how many boats were around. Everyone was fishing points, so I knew I needed to try something different if I wanted to win,” said Herron, who earned his first win FLW competition. “Basically I found them super shallow in really scattered out grass. I was on the lower end of the lake toward Mitchell Dam. I knew what they were on, so I went around looking for the same kind of stuff. They were definitely spread out – probably 15 different places.”


Herron said he threw a white custom swim-jig with a custom worm trailer of the same color. He caught nine keepers – including two bass over 5 pounds – and culled four times.


Rutland said he fished main-lake grass points on the south end of the lake until around mid-morning, then flipped boat docks the rest of the day, catching approximately 25 keepers in the process.


“I hit a bunch of points – more than 20 – and was targeting fish in 2 to 4 feet of water,” said Rutland, who earned his third career victory in BFL competition – second on Lay Lake. “I weighed three largemouth from the points and then two spotted bass from the docks. They were also on the south end and about halfway back in the creeks.”


Rutland said he used a 5-inch, Alewife-colored Big Bite Baits Dean Rojas Cane Thumper on a Gamakatsu belly weight hook and a green-pumpkin ½-ounce Davis’ Baits Wood Jig with a Big Bite Baits Real Deal Craw trailer of the same color.


The top 10 boaters finished the tournament in:

               1st:          Dusty Herron, Alabaster, Ala., five bass, 16-0, $2,435

               1st:          Chris Rutland, Wetumpka, Ala., five bass, 16-0, $3,435

               3rd:          Josh Stracner, Vandiver, Ala., five bass, 15-13, $1,332

               4th:          Jason Nixon, Wetumpka, Ala., five bass, 15-1, $908

               5th:          Dallas Weldon, Tallassee, Ala., five bass, 14-12, $649

               6th:          Jeff Cannon, Douglasville, Ga., five bass, 14-10, $595

               7th:          Rickie Harp, Cottondale, Ala., five bass, 14-9, $1,231

               8th:          Mitch Hayes, Chipley, Fla., five bass, 13-15, $687

               9th:          Timothy Travis, Tuscaloosa, Ala., five bass, 13-9, $433

               10th:        David Parsons, Dothan, Ala., five bass, 13-7, $479


Harp caught a 6-pound, 3-ounce bass – the heaviest of the event in the Boater Division – and earned the day’s Boater Big Bass award of $390. Marcus Corbett of Anniston, Alabama, won the Co-angler Division and $1,973 Saturday after catching five bass weighing 17 pounds, 11 ounces.


The top 10 co-anglers were:

               1st:          Marcus Corbett, Anniston, Ala., five bass, 17-11, $1,973

               2nd:         Michael Corbett, Oxford, Ala., five bass, 14-6, $962

               3rd:          Roman Robinson, Steele, Ala., five bass, 13-14, $541

               4th:          Jesse Craver, Centreville, Ala., five bass, 13-8, $379

               5th:          John Bryan, Carrollton, Ga., five bass, 13-5, $311

               5th:          Tanner Ellison, Jemison, Ala., five bass, 13-5, $311

               7th:          Robert Volinic, Peachtree City, Ga., five bass, 13-1, $466

               8th:          Randy Hill, Athens, Ala., five bass, 12-13, $244

               9th:          Daniel Buswell Jr., Fayetteville, Ga., five bass, 12-12, $216

               10th:        Billy Crook, Jacksonville, Ala., five bass, 12-6, $189

Volinic caught the heaviest bass in the Co-angler Division, a fish weighing in at 6 pounds, 9 ounces. The catch earned him the day’s Co-angler Big Bass award of $195.

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