Albertson Wins Bass Fishing League Tournament on Patoka Lake

Albertson Wins Bass Fishing League Tournament on Patoka Lake Blake Albertson won the Bass Fishing League (BFL) Hoosier Division tournament on Patoka Lak

BIRDSEYE, Ind. (July 31, 2017) – Eighteen-year-old Blake Albertson of Bloomington, Indiana, caught five bass weighing 20 pounds, 11 ounces, Saturday to win the Bass Fishing League (BFL) Hoosier Division tournament on Patoka Lake. For his efforts, Albertson took home $6,126.


“This is only my fourth time fishing as a boater in the BFL, so to win is pretty crazy,” said Albertson, a former TBF/FLW High School Fishing angler that competed for Bloomington North/South High School. “It was just one of those days where everything went right.”


Albertson said he fished two areas to catch his limit – a main-lake point and the back of a cut in Lick Fork creek.


“I sat in 18 feet of water and threw into 12 feet on the point,” said Albertson. “There was one spot with a bunch of rock that was especially productive.”


Albertson said he caught four bass at the point – three on a Secret Lures J-Bend Tail Shaker Jig with a Motor Oil-colored Zoom Trick Worm, and one on a ½-ounce Secret Lures MVP Football Jig.


“The fourth was my largest of the day – a 5-pound, 7-ouncer,” said Albertson. “At 10 (a.m.) I caught my fifth in the cut out of some bushes and that’s what I brought in to the scale.”


Albertson’s fifth bass was caught using a Texas-rigged Green Pumpkin Magic-colored Yamamoto Senko.


The top 10 boaters finished the tournament in:

               1st:          Blake Albertson, Bloomington, Ind., five bass, 20-11, $4,126 + $2,000 Ranger Cup Bonus

               2nd:         Brian Funkhouser, Bloomington, Ind., five bass, 17-0, $1,963

               3rd:          Ray Philhower, Milford, Ohio, four bass, 15-12, $1,309

               4th:          Phil Hunt, Connersville, Ind., five bass, 13-11, $916

               5th:          Lee Mills, Columbus, Ind., five bass, 13-8, $785

               6th:          George Brown, Camby, Ind., four bass, 12-11, $720

               7th:          Sean Gillenwater, Bloomington, Ind., four bass, 12-6, $754

               8th:          John Schroering, Dubois, Ind., four bass, 11-11, $589

               9th:          Bryce Kalen, Indianapolis, Ind., four bass, 11-7, $523

               10th:        John Melton, Corydon, Ind., four bass, 10-14, $458


Andrew Cibak of Chesterton, Indiana, caught a bass weighing 6 pounds, 7 ounces – the heaviest of the event in the Boater Division. The catch earned him the day’s Boater Big Bass award of $530. Albert Burns of Greendale, Indiana, caught three bass weighing 12 pounds, 11 ounces, to win the Co-angler Division and $2,051.


The top 10 co-anglers were:

               1st:          Albert Burns, Greendale, Ind., three bass, 12-11, $2,051

               2nd:         Jonathan Norris, Muncie, Ind., two bass, 9-15, $1,069

               3rd:          Andy Eaton, Washington, Ind., two bass, 9-13, $743

               4th:          Travis Edgar, North Webster, Ind., two bass, 7-10, $458

               5th:          Adrian Stafford, Bloomington, Ind., two bass, 7-7, $393

               6th:          Jeff Hale, New Castle, Ind., two bass, 6-1, $360

               7th:          Brad Ingram, Mesa, Ariz., two bass, 5-8, $327

               8th:          Michael Pelston, Seymour, Ind., two bass, 5-3, $478

               8th:          Dan Schlegel, Cincinnati, Ohio, two bass, 5-3, $278

               10th:        Cory Cook, Carrollton, Ky., two bass, 5-1, $267

               10th:        James McWhorter, Hamilton, Ohio, two bass, 5-1, $217

Norris caught the largest bass in the Co-angler Division – a fish weighing 5 pounds, 4 ounces – and earned the day’s Co-angler Big Bass award of $88.

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