Ray Wins Bass Fishing League Tournament on Lake Ouachita

Ray Wins Bass Fishing League Tournament on Lake Ouachita Josh Ray won the Bass Fishing League (BFL) Arkie Division tournament on Lake Ouachita.

MOUNT IDA, Ark. (May 15, 2017) – Josh Ray of Alexander, Arkansas, weighed five bass totaling 15 pounds, 1 ounce Saturday to take top honors at the Bass Fishing League (BFL) Arkie Division tournament on Lake Ouachita. For his limit, Ray earned $4,079.


“I spent the tournament swimming a jig through the water willow grass around Mountain Harbor,” said Ray, who earned his first career-victory in FLW competition. “I probably hit 10 areas that were each about 100 yards long. The lake was flooded, but they’ve been lowering the water which pulled the fish out of the bushes and into the grass.”


Ray said he used a 3/8-ounce green-pumpkin custom swimjig with a Zoom Z-Craw trailer of the same color. He said he also rotated in a Paycheck Baits Repo Man topwater throughout his day.


“I was fishing in 3 to 5 feet of water and was able to catch around 15 keepers,” said Ray. “I caught a limit within the first hour and then fairly consistently throughout the day.”


The top 10 boaters finished the tournament in:

               1st:          Josh Ray, Alexander, Ark., five bass, 15-1, $4,079

               2nd:         Jason Lieblong, Conway, Ark., five bass, 13-4, $2,040

               3rd:          Chris Darby, Hot Springs, Ark., five bass, 12-10, $1,808

               4th:          Brad Morgan, Ashdown, Ark., five bass, 12-7, $905

               5th:          Roscoe White III, Rogers, Ark., five bass, 11-13, $776

               6th:          Jason Lenderman, Glenwood, Ark., five bass, 11-7, $711

               7th:          Billy Kindrick, Dover, Ark., five bass, 11-5, $647

               8th:          Brian Kirkendoll, Jacksonville, Ark., five bass, 10-8, $582

               9th:          Chris Dennis, Little Rock, Ark., five bass, 10-5, $485

               9th:          Taylor Smith, Texarkana, Ark., five bass, 10-5, $485


Darby caught a bass weighing 4 pounds, 7 ounces – the heaviest of the event in the Boater Division – which earned him the day’s Boater Big Bass award of $515. Kendal Norman of Benton, Arkansas, won the Co-angler Division and $2,140 Saturday after weighing four bass totaling 9 pounds, 9 ounces.

The top 10 co-anglers were:

               1st:          Kendal Norman, Benton, Ark., four bass, 9-9, $2,140

               2nd:         Bruce Thompson, Little Rock, Ark., five bass, 8-14, $1,020

               3rd:          Steve Lee, Benton, Ark., four bass, 8-11, $646

               4th:          Johnny Crider, Fulton, Ark., three bass, 8-8, $453

               5th:          Alvin Williams, Hartman, Ark., five bass, 7-9, $388

               6th:          Michael Gross, Malvern, Ark., two bass, 7-7, $356

               7th:          Colton Garrett, Jonesboro, Ark., three bass, 7-6, $580

               8th:          Jason Wedel, Lowell, Ark., five bass, 7-3, $275

               8th:          Kurt Caldwell, Nashville, Ark., five bass, 7-3, $275

               10th:        Brian Choate, Conway, Ark., five bass, 7-2, $226

Garrett nabbed the biggest bass among Co-angler Division anglers, a fish weighing 4 pounds, 15 ounces. The catch earned him the day’s Co-angler Big Bass award of $257.

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