Mills Wins Bass Fishing League Tournament on Ohio River at Tanners Creek

Mills Wins Bass Fishing League Tournament on Ohio River at Tanners Creek Craig Mills took top honors at Saturday’s Bass Fishing League (BFL) Buckeye Division tournament on the Ohio River

LAWRENCEBURG, Ind. (Aug. 19, 2019) – Boater Craig Mills of Hamilton, Ohio, took top honors at Saturday’s Bass Fishing League (BFL) Buckeye Division tournament on the Ohio River at Tanners Creek after catching five bass weighing 10 pounds, 4 ounces. Mills took home $5,466 for his win. After working in Tanners Creek for the first three hours of the tournament, Mills said he couldn’t get anything going. Around 9:30 a.m., he went and fished three creeks on the lower end near Meldahl Dam.


“I’ve fished those creeks over the years – just shallow, flat creeks. I knew they were in there, I found them in practice,” said Mills, who earned his second career victory in BFL competition. “I caught them here and there – I think I had my limit by 1 [p.m.]. I culled a couple fish and caught my last at about 2 [p.m.].”


Mills said he caught a couple of bass with a black ¼-ounce Strictly Bass Meatheads spinnerbait and a white ¼-ounce Tim Poe Thunder Blade Double Blade spinnerbait with a white Kalin’s Lunker Grub trailer. He also caught four flipping a Texas-rigged Spring Break-colored Reaction Innovations Sweet Beaver, as well as his heaviest on a black and white Booyah Pad Crasher frog.


“I was throwing around any type of wood,” said Mills. “My biggest came at 1 [p.m.] – that was my fifth fish.”


The top 10 boaters finished the tournament in:

               1st:          Craig Mills, Hamilton, Ohio, five bass, 10-4, $3,466 + $2,000 Ranger Cup Bonus

               2nd:         Michael Powell Jr., Greendale, Ind., five bass, 8-10, $1,933

               3rd:          Dick Shaffer, Rockford, Ohio, three bass, 7-10, $1,405

               4th:          Chris Martinkovic, Hamilton, Ohio, five bass, 7-8, $1,059

               5th:          Dave Lauer, McConnelsville, Ohio, three bass, 7-4, $693

               6th:          Cody Seeger, Lewistown, Ohio, five bass, 7-1, $635

               7th:          Sean Wieda, Florence, Ky., five bass, 6-15, $578

               8th:          Jamie Cunnagin, New Lebanon, Ohio, four bass, 6-13, $491

               8th:          Brandon Hobbs, Grove City, Ohio, three bass, 6-13, $491

               10th:        Dan Fry, Marysville, Ohio, five bass, 6-3, $404 

Michael McCoy of Mentor-on-the-Lake, Ohio, caught a bass weighing 4 pounds, 11 ounces – the heaviest of the event in the Boater Division – and earned the day’s Boater Big Bass award of $435. Samuel Jones of Morgantown, West Virginia, won the Co-angler Division and $1,733 Saturday after catching three bass weighing 5 pounds, 2 ounces.


The top 10 co-anglers were:

               1st:          Samuel Jones, Morgantown, W. Va., three bass, 5-2, $1,733

               2nd:         William Gross, Cleveland, Ohio, two bass, 4-7, $866

               3rd:          Mark Redman, Pendleton, Ky., one bass, 4-6, $707

               3rd:          Austin Brock, West Chester, Ohio, three bass, 4-6, $840

               5th:          Dan Schlegel, Cincinnati, Ohio, two bass, 3-13, $397

               6th:          Billy Senters, New Richmond, Ohio, three bass, 3-12, $318

               7th:          Ryan Rich, Eaton, Ohio, one bass, 3-11, $289

               8th:          Tony Baber, Centerville, Ohio, two bass, 3-10, $260

               9th:          Brent Wilkens, Hamilton, Ohio, three bass, 3-8, $231

               10th:        Matthew Hostetter, East Palestine, Ohio, three bass, 3-4, $192

               10th:        Brandon Fraley, Tipp City, Ohio, two bass, 3-4, $192

Redman caught the heaviest bass in the Co-angler Division, a fish weighing in at 4 pounds, 6 ounces. The catch earned him the day’s Co-angler Big Bass award of $217.

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