Mackey Wins Bass Fishing Tournament on Sam Rayburn Reservoir

Mackey Wins Bass Fishing Tournament on Sam Rayburn Reservoir Tommy Mackey won the FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Cowboy Division tournament on Sam Rayburn Reservoir.

BROOKELAND, Texas (Feb. 13, 2017) – Tommy Mackey of Bryan, Texas, weighed a five-bass limit totaling 26 pounds, 11 ounces, Saturday to win the FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Cowboy Division tournament on Sam Rayburn Reservoir. For his win, Mackey took home $8,000.


“Most of the bass I caught during the event came from two areas near the Highway 147 bridge,” said Mackey, who earned his first career win in FLW competition. “The first stop had submerged trees where fish were staging to move into a spawning pocket. Fishing around 15 feet of water, I used a green-pumpkin-colored Zoom Brush Hog on a Carolina rig and caught 12 to 15 bass.


“The second area was an outside grass line about five miles south of the bridge,” continued Mackey. “The fish were getting ready to spawn, similar to the bass in the trees. I only caught six on the Brush Hog, but they were a lot of heavier than what I was averaging.”


Mackey said he mixed a third area into his day – a drain leading into a spawning pocket – but only weighed a single bass from it.


“I caught a 5-pounder on a blue chartreuse-colored Norman DD22 Crankbait,” said Mackey. “I was casting into 12 to 14 feet of water. It was a solid catch that anchored my limit.”


The top 10 boaters finished the tournament in:

               1st:          Tommy Mackey, Bryan, Texas, five bass, 26-11, $6,000 + $2,000 Ranger Cup Bonus

               2nd:         Shane Howell, Franklin, Texas, five bass, 23-2, $3,000

               3rd:          Stephen Johnston, Hemphill, Texas, five bass, 21-7, $2,200

               4th:          Blake Schroeder, Whitehouse, Texas, five bass, 20-5, $1,500

               5th:          Kevin Lasyone, Dry Prong, La., five bass, 20-2, $1,200

               6th:          Eason Dowden, Many, La., five bass, 20-1, $1,100

               7th:          David Mansue, Hemphill, Texas, five bass, 19-14, $1,000

               8th:          Dillon Harrell, New Caney, Texas, five bass, 19-1, $900

               9th:          Phil Addison, Baytown, Texas, five bass, 18-3, $800

               10th:        Clay Phillips, Huntington, Texas, five bass, 18-2, $700

Terry Cole of Houston, Texas, caught an 8-pound, 1-ounce bass – the largest of the event – which earned him the day’s Boater Big Bass award of $1000. Chris Sims of Houston, Texas, weighed in five bass totaling 16 pounds, 11 ounces Saturday to win the co-angler division and earn $2,991. The top 10 co-anglers were:


               1st:          Chris Sims, Houston, Texas, five bass, 16-11, $2,991

               2nd:         David Kayda, Huffman, Texas, five bass, 15-15, $1,595

               3rd:          Robert Laird Sr., Livingston, Texas, five bass, 15-5, $998

               4th:          Michael Vining, Little Elm, Texas, five bass, 15-3, $698

               5th:          Justin Seeton, Midlothian, Texas, five bass, 15-1, $598

               6th:          Brian Murphy, Sulphur, La., five bass, 14-12, $548

               7th:          Steven Fisher, Lufkin, Texas, 14-6, $498

               8th:          Clay Sammons, Whitesboro, Texas, 13-15, $449

               9th:          Nathan Wharton, Sulphur, La., five bass, 13-11, $399

               10th:        Hugh Cosculluela, The Woodlands, Texas, five bass, 13-8, $331

               10th:        Tommy Henley, Gonzales, La., five bass, 13-8, $331


Antwon Harris of Deridder, Louisiana, caught the biggest bass of the tournament in the co-angler division, a fish weighing 6 pounds, 12 ounces, and earned the day’s Co-angler Big Bass award of $495.

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