Smith Wins Bass Fishing League Tournament on Lay LakeSmith Wins Bass Fishing League Tournament on Lay Lake Michael Smith won Saturday’s Bass Fishing League (BFL) Bama Division tournament on Lay Lake
COLUMBIANA, Ala. (March 12, 2018) – Boater Michael Smith of Andalusia, Alabama, caught a five-bass limit weighing 17 pounds, 14 ounces, to win Saturday’s Bass Fishing League (BFL) Bama Division tournament on Lay Lake. For his efforts, Smith earned $4,956. Smith started his day fishing the mid-lake, catching a 5-pound largemouth on a bed. He said he used a Bruiser Flash-colored Missile Baits Baby D Bomb before moving to the lower end to target spotted bass.
“I hit around 30 areas, including some that had stumps or a hard bottom,” said Smith, who earned his second career win in BFL competition. “I felt like the spots were spawning, but they were in deeper water – like 6 to 15 feet down. I wasn’t looking at them.”
Smith had a one-two punch for catching his fish – an Eco Pro Thunder Spin with a 3½-inch Fishalicious-colored Missile Baits Shockwave Swimbait, and a ¼-ounce Missile Baits Warlock Shakey Head jig with a finesse stickbait.
“When the wind was blowing or there was cloud cover, I used the Thunder Spin,” said Smith. “Both lures were on 12-pound-test fluorocarbon which I think was important. It was good, light line for the clearer water on the lower end.”
The top 10 boaters finished the tournament in:
1st: Michael Smith, Andalusia, Ala., five bass, 17-14, $4,956
2nd: Ricky Smith, Ohatchee, Ala., five bass, 17-13, $1,878
3rd: Patrick Dobbins, Opelika, Ala., five bass, 16-14, $1,164
3rd: Joe Wikoff, Phenix City, Ala., five bass, 16-14, $1,164
5th: Tim Ferguson, Pelham, Ala., five bass, 16-9, $720
5th: C.J. Knight Jr., Sylacauga, Ala., five bass, 16-9, $720
7th: Alexander Wilson Sr., Elmore, Ala., five bass, 16-8, $626
8th: Larry Fransk Jr., Wilsonville, Ala., five bass, 16-4, $563
9th: Jimmy Butler Jr., Opelika, Ala., five bass, 16-3, $501
10th: David Parsons, Dothan, Ala., five bass, 16-1, $438
Luke Plunkett of Pinson, Alabama, weighed a 5-pound, 2-ounce bass – the heaviest of the event in the Boater Division – and earned the day’s Boater Big Bass award of $490. Tanner Ellison of Jemison, Alabama, won the Co-angler Division and $1,878 Saturday after catching a five-bass limit weighing 17 pounds, 6 ounces.
The top 10 co-anglers were:
1st: Tanner Ellison, Jemison, Ala., five bass, 17-6, $1,878
2nd: Gary Marlowe, Montgomery, Ala., five bass, 16-13, $1,039
3rd: Larry Purdie, Columbus, Ga., five bass, 16-5, $677
4th: Hayden Teems, Leeds, Ala., five bass, 13-14, $438
5th: Michael Anderson, Newton, Ala., five bass, 13-11, $376
6th: Tyler Conn, Wetumpka, Ala., four bass, 13-9, $344
7th: Heath Martin, Fyffe, Ala., three bass, 13-8, $558
8th: Caleb Scott, Sylacauga, Ala., five bass, 13-3, $282
9th: Chris Patterson, Morris, Ala., five bass, 13-2, $250
10th: Daniel Buswell Jr., Fayetteville, Ga., five bass, 12-3, $219
Martin caught the largest bass in the Co-angler Division weighing in at 6 pounds, 14 ounces. The catch earned him the day’s Co-angler Big Bass award of $245.
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