Smith Wins Bass Fishing League Tournament on Lay Lake

Smith 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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