Sykora Wins Bass Fishing League Tournament on Lake of the Ozarks

Sykora Wins Bass Fishing League Tournament on Lake of the Ozarks Marcus Sykora won the FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Ozark Division tournament on Lake of the Ozarks

WARSAW, Mo. (July 2, 2018) – Boater Marcus Sykora of Osage Beach, Missouri, brought five bass to the scale Saturday weighing 18 pounds, 3 ounces, to win the FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Ozark Division tournament on Lake of the Ozarks – his 11th career BFL victory, third-most all-time. For his efforts, Sykora pocketed $4,871. Sykora made a long run from takeoff to the Grand Glaize arm of the lake, near Osage Beach, and worked through brush piles in 10 to 15 feet of water to catch his fish. He said he rotated between a ½-ounce Davenport Special-colored Chompers Brush Jig with a Root Beer Green Flake-colored Chompers Double Tail Grub trailer, a Texas-rigged green-pumpkin Zoom Brush Hog and a Gizzard Shad-colored Sixth Sense Cloud 9 Series C15 crankbait.


“I fished the jig or the Brush Hog first and then ran the crankbait before I’d leave,” said Sykora, who earned his seventh career win on Lake of the Ozarks. “I threw the jig because there was a bream spawn going on and it looks similar to one, but sometimes they wanted something bulkier like the Brush Hog.”


Sykora said he caught 10 keepers throughout the day.


“I probably hit 50 or 60 different piles,” said Sykora. “That’s what made the crankbait good. I could fish faster and cover more water, especially after that long run. It was about 172 miles round trip, but it paid off.”


The top 10 boaters finished the tournament in:

               1st:          Marcus Sykora, Osage Beach, Mo., five bass, 18-3, $4,871

               2nd:         Stan Tucker, Festus, Mo., five bass, 17-12, $1,935

               3rd:          Mark Tucker, Kirkwood, Mo., five bass, 17-11, $1,224

               4th:          Jamie Edge, Pittsburg, Mo., five bass, 17-5, $1,326

               5th:          Rob Bueltmann, Osage Beach, Mo., five bass, 16-11, $734

               6th:          Wesley Myers, Raytown, Mo., five bass, 16-4, $673

               7th:          Brian Hansen, Fenton, Mo., five bass, 16-0, $612

               8th:          Andre Dickneite, Freeburg, Mo., five bass, 15-14, $551

               9th:          Brad Jelinek, Deepwater, Mo., five bass, 15-9, $489

               10th:        Darrell Durham, Saint Peters, Mo., five bass, 15-7, $428


Edge brought a 6-pound, 3-ounce, bass to the scale – the heaviest of the event in the Boater Division – and earned the day’s Boater Big Bass award of $470. Christopher Fierce of Dixon, Missouri, won the Co-angler Division and $1,835 Saturday after catching five bass weighing 15 pounds, 8 ounces.

The top 10 co-anglers were:

               1st:          Christopher Fierce, Dixon, Mo., five bass, 15-8, $1,835

               2nd:         Spencer Clark, Maryland Heights, Mo., five bass, 15-7, $918

               3rd:          Lane Becker, Steelville, Mo., five bass, 14-13, $612

               4th:          Kit Lueg, Olathe, Kan., three bass, 12-14, $428

               5th:          Jared McBride, Rolla, Mo., five bass, 12-13, $367

               6th:          Walter Hammond, Lees Summit, Mo., four bass, 12-4, $336

               7th:          Bobby Dennison, St. Louis, Mo., three bass, 9-2, $306

               8th:          David Jones, Mackinaw, Ill., four bass, 8-6, $275

               9th:          William Hoffert, Columbia, Mo., two bass, 7-5, $229

               9th:          Tom Lloyd, Springfield, Mo., three bass, 7-5, $429

Steve Heitman of Osage Beach, Missouri, caught the largest bass in the Co-angler Division weighing in at 5 pounds, 9 ounces. The catch earned him the day’s Co-angler Big Bass award of $235.

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