Summerlin Wins Bass Fishing League Tournament on Lewis Smith Lake

Summerlin Wins Bass Fishing League Tournament on Lewis Smith Lake Gil Summerlin won the FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Choo Choo Division tournament on Lewis Smith Lake.

JASPER, Ala. (April 9, 2018) – Boater Gil Summerlin of Guntersville, Alabama, caught a five-bass limit weighing 16 pounds, 3 ounces, Saturday to win the FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Choo Choo Division tournament on Lewis Smith Lake. For his win, Summerlin earned $4,652. Summerlin spent the event fishing a long clay point, a few miles from the dam, where he’d caught a good keeper in practice.


“I casted to the same place I’d caught the big one in practice and got hung up on a tree that I didn’t know was there,” said Summerlin, who earned his second career win in BFL competition. “I retrieved my bait, returned to my waypoint and casted back to it and caught a 4-pound spotted bass. It ended up being my magic tree.”


Summerlin said the tree was the only one along the point and was 20 feet deep.


“About every 30 minutes the tree reloaded,” said Summerlin. “They came up schooling on that point all day long until about 11 a.m. We probably caught 40 to 45 fish from that one spot all day.”


Summerlin said that his most productive baits were a Fish Head Spin with a Sexy Shad-colored Big Bite Baits Swimbait and a wacky-rigged green-pumpkin-colored Strike King KVD Perfect Plastic Ocho.


The top 10 boaters finished the tournament in:

               1st:          Gil Summerlin, Guntersville, Ala., five bass, 16-3, $4,652

               2nd:         Jeff Kitchens, Auburn, Ala., five bass, 15-8, $2,326

               3rd:          Mitch Mitchell, Muscle Shoals, Ala., five bass, 14-12, $1,751

               4th:          David Milsaps, Ranger, Ga., five bass, 14-10, $1,486

               5th:          Lee Black, Danville, Ala., five bass, 14-1, $930

               6th:          Todd Lee, Jasper, Ala., five bass, 13-15, $853

               7th:          Griffin Phillips, Mount Olive, Ala., five bass, 13-14, $697

               7th:          Danny Shell, Albertville, Ala., five bass, 13-14, $697

               7th:          Matt Graves, Little Rock, Ark., five bass, 13-14, $697

               10th:        Jake Roberson, Tuscumbia, Ala., five bass, 13-10, $543


Scott Wright of Carbon Hill, Alabama, brought a 4-pound, 10-ounce bass to the scale – the heaviest of the event in the Boater Division – and earned the day’s Boater Big Bass award of $685. Justin Stephenson of Jasper, Alabama, won the Co-angler Division and $2,288 Saturday after catching five bass weighing 14 pounds, 4 ounces.

The top 10 co-anglers were:

               1st:          Justin Stephenson, Jasper, Ala., five bass, 14-4, $2,288

               2nd:         William Ryan, Jasper, Ala., five bass, 13-15, $1,144

               3rd:          Brian Warfel, Woodbridge, Va., five bass, 12-10, $862

               4th:          Tyler Power, Birmingham, Ala., five bass, 12-7, $534

               5th:          Larry Hughes, Summertown, Tenn., five bass, 11-11, $458

               6th:          Larry McNeil, Huntsville, Ala., five bass, 11-10, $419

               7th:          Daniel Douglas, Meridianville, Ala., five bass, 11-9, $431

               8th:          Jody Moore, Hixson, Tenn., five bass, 11-7, $343

               9th:          Josh Clark, Logan, Ala., four bass, 11-2, $305

               10th:        Michael Park, Birmingham, Ala., four bass, 11-1, $267

Leandra McClendon Jr. of Trussville, Alabama, caught the largest bass in the Co-angler Division weighing in at 4 pounds, 13 ounces. The catch earned him the day’s Co-angler Big Bass award of $332.

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