Marks Wins Bass Fishing League Tournament on Sam Rayburn

Marks Wins Bass Fishing League Tournament on Sam Rayburn Phil Marks won the FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) tournament on Sam Rayburn Reservoir.

BROOKELAND, Texas (Jan. 8, 2018) – Phil Marks of Dallas, Texas, caught a five-bass limit weighing 27 pounds, 8 ounces, Saturday to earn top honors at the FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL)  tournament on Sam Rayburn Reservoir. For his efforts, Marks pocketed $8,143. Marks said he caught the majority his fish on the main lake, specifically on the tips of ridges with isolated stumps. He said he fished through a dozen areas and was able to put 10 keepers in the boat throughout the day.


“I don’t think the water temperature on Sam Rayburn has been below 55 degrees in a few years, so the fish were really lethargic,” said Marks, an FLW Tour winner who had earned eight prior top-10 finishes on Sam Rayburn in FLW competition. “I caught three or four good ones in the first hour which allowed me to focus on catching the big ones. It was a grind out there, but I knew when I got one it’d be a good one.”


Marks said he used a Powder Blue Back Chartreuse-colored Strike King 8XD crankbait to fish in 16 to 19 feet of water, and switched to a 10XD for deeper casts in the 18- to 24-foot range.


“It’s funny – just about every bite was on the initial descent or when the bait was up under the boat,” said Marks. “I started making shorter casts so I could maximize my time in those strike zones.”


The top 10 boaters finished the tournament in:

               1st:          Phil Marks, Dallas, Texas, five bass, 27-8, $6,143 + $2,000 Ranger Cup Bonus

               2nd:         Richard Ballard, Sulphur, La., four bass, 19-12, $4,081

               3rd:          Terry Hawkins, Corsicana, Texas, five bass, 17-2, $2,048

               4th:          Kevin Lasyone, Dry Prong, La., five bass, 16-8, $1,363

               5th:          Anthony Jones, Irving, Texas, five bass, 15-13, $1,169

               6th:          Coy Riggins, Georgetown, Texas, five bass, 15-12, $1,071

               7th:          Chris Lewis, Longview, Texas, three bass, 15-11, $925

               7th:          Darold Gleason, Many, La., five bass, 15-11, $925

               9th:          Todd Castledine, Nacogdoches, Texas, five bass, 15-9, $779

               10th:        Brandon Thrash, Downsville, La., five bass, 15-8, $682

Ballard caught a bass weighing 8 pounds, 1 ounce – the heaviest of the event in the Boater Division – and earned the day’s Boater Big Bass award of $960. Michael Cotter of Arlington, Texas, won the Co-angler Division and $3,006 Saturday after catching a five-bass limit weighing 20 pounds, 10 ounces.


The top 10 co-anglers were:

               1st:          Michael Cotter, Arlington, Texas, five bass, 20-10, $3,006

               2nd:         Jacob Dupree, Haughton, La., four bass, 18-3, $1,453

               3rd:          Lindy Hadley, Sam Rayburn, Texas, five bass, 16-10, $971

               4th:          Richard Hooter, Natchitoches, La., five bass, 14-4, $678

               5th:          Fred Martin, North Little Rock, Ark., five bass, 13-10, $631

               6th:          Logan Slaughter, Dallas, Texas, five bass, 13-4, $533

               7th:          Taylor Hardin, Fort Worth, Texas, five bass, 13-1, $484

               8th:          Jimmy Brumfield, Madison, Miss., five bass, 12-3, $436

               9th:          Eric Lacroix, Ball, La., four bass, 11-13, $387

               10th:        Brian Allen, Katy, Texas, five bass, 11-8, $339

James Spell of Sulphur, Louisiana, caught the largest bass in the Co-angler Division – a fish weighing 8 pounds, 2 ounces. The catch earned him the day’s Co-angler Big Bass award of $477.

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