Sullivan Wins Bass Fishing League Tournament on Ross Barnett Reservoir

Sullivan Wins Bass Fishing League Tournament on Ross Barnett Reservoir Corey Sullivan won the Bass Fishing League (BFL) Mississippi Division tournament on Ross Barnett Reservoir

BRANDON, Miss. (June 17, 2019) – Local boater Corey Sullivan of Brandon, Mississippi, won the Bass Fishing League (BFL) Mississippi Division tournament on Ross Barnett Reservoir Saturday after catching five bass weighing 17 pounds, 5 ounces. For his win, Sullivan pocketed $3,377.


“It was a cloudy day and I threw a frog. The reservoir is notorious for frog fishing this time of year, and I made up my mind Friday that that’s what I was going to do,” said Sullivan, who earned his second career win on Ross Barnett Reservoir in BFL competition. “I stayed upriver, north of the Ratliff Ferry Trading Post and covered a ton of water. I fished thick pads close to deep water – the river’s edge, an old channel edge – anything. The reservoir has got a lot of pads and the fish love them this time of year.”


Sullivan said he used a Black Widow-colored Spro Dean Rojas Bronzeye 65 frog and a Pearl White Strike King KVD Sexy frog. He threw them on 7-foot, medium-heavy Bass Pro Shops Johnny Morris Signature Series Casting rods with Johnny Morris Signature Series baitcast and Abu Garcia Revo reels.


“During the morning I caught some that were short and put one keeper on the boat,” said Sullivan. “It started getting cloudy around 10 [a.m.] and whenever the clouds blocked the sun they started looking up a bit more. The key was covering water.”


The top 10 boaters finished the tournament in:

               1st:          Corey Sullivan, Brandon, Miss., five bass, 17-5, $3,377

               2nd:         Ivy Bradshaw, Brandon, Miss., five bass, 15-13, $1,689

               3rd:          Mitch Crane, Columbus, Miss., five bass, 15-3, $1,578

               4th:          Jason Cordell, Pelahatchie, Miss., five bass, 14-11, $888

               5th:          Larry Savell, Brandon, Miss., five bass, 13-9, $675

               6th:          Jason Hannah, Forest, Miss., five bass, 13-5, $713

               6th:          Dudley Salers, Brandon, Miss., five bass, 13-5, $563

               6th:          Glenn Page, Union, Miss., five bass, 13-5, $563

               9th:          Brandon Perkins, Counce, Tenn., five bass, 12-15, $450

               10th:        Brandon Bolton, West Point, Miss., five bass, 12-3, $394 

Lake Blasingame caught a bass weighing 5 pounds, 1 ounce – the heaviest of the event in the Boater Division – and earned the day’s Boater Big Bass award of $415. Jimmy Tisdale of Ellisville, Mississippi, won the Co-angler Division and $1,644 Saturday after catching five bass weighing 13 pounds even.


The top 10 co-anglers were:

               1st:          Jimmy Tisdale, Ellisville, Miss., five bass, 13-0, $1,644

               2nd:         Tim Beale, Hernando, Miss., five bass, 12-14, $1,120

               3rd:          Morris Collins, Kettering, Ohio, five bass, 10-13, $549

               4th:          Ryan Godwin, Meridian, Miss., four bass, 10-9, $384

               5th:          Tommy Nichols, Fayette, Ala., five bass, 9-14, $329

               6th:          Tyler Helms, Meridian, Miss., five bass, 9-13, $501

               7th:          Shane Cade, Clinton, Miss., four bass, 8-12, $274

               8th:          Dylan Cornelius, Bear Creek, Ala., five bass, 8-11, $247

               9th:          Scott Brown, Lucedale, Miss., three bass, 7-10, $219

               10th:        Tom Miles, Chadds Ford, Pa., three bass, 7-9, $192

Beale and Kenneth Amos of Greenville, Mississippi, both caught a bass weighing in at 5 pounds, 11 ounces, and split  the day’s Co-angler Big Bass award of $196.

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