Ganey Wins Bass Fishing League Tournament on Sam Rayburn Reservoir

Ganey Wins Bass Fishing League Tournament on Sam Rayburn Reservoir Rylon Ganey won Saturday’s Bass Fishing League (BFL) Cowboy Division tournament on Sam Rayburn Reservoir

BROOKELAND, Texas (June 10, 2019) – Boater Rylon Ganey of Pineville, Louisiana, won Saturday’s Bass Fishing League (BFL) Cowboy Division tournament on Sam Rayburn Reservoir with five bass weighing 20 pounds, 11 ounces. For his win, Ganey took home $6,362. Ganey said he primarily flipped hay grass and bushes in two areas to catch his fish. His first area – in Mill Creek – only gave up one keeper. It was his second stop, though, that really jumpstarted his day.


“I ran up to my second area across the lake from Mill Creek around 9 [a.m.], flipped in a bush, and within five flips I caught an 8-pounder,” said Ganey, who notched his first victory in FLW competition. “That set the tone. I knew I had a good chance to place in the top five with a kicker like that.


“Within another hour I filled my limit,” continued Ganey. “I culled three times – all in that second area. I got a lot of big bites there in practice and kept getting fish that I needed there Saturday.”


Ganey said he used Watermelon Red Flake-colored Strike King Rage Tail Denny Brauer Structure Bugs, rigged with either ¾- or 1-ounce weights depending on how thick the cover was. He threw them on a trio of Duckett White Ice Casting rods with 13 Fishing Concept “A” casting reels, spooled with 65-pound-test PowerPro Spectra braided line.


“The rods were strong and really helped me pull those fish out of the bushes – they have a great backbone on them.”


The top 10 boaters finished the tournament in:

               1st:          Rylon Ganey, Pineville, La., five bass, 20-11, $6,362

               2nd:         Eric Leger, Mamou, La., five bass, 19-6, $2,353

               3rd:          Jarred Williams, Bunkie, La., five bass, 19-4, $1,502

               4th:          Jame Dubroc, Bunkie, La., five bass, 18-14, $1,052

               5th:          Tommy Mackey, Bryan, Texas, five bass, 17-12, $1,151

               6th:          Matthew McArdle, Humble, Texas, five bass, 17-0, $826

               7th:          Dicky Newberry, Houston, Texas, five bass, 16-10, $751

               8th:          Ryan Pinkston, Center, Texas, five bass, 16-3, $676

               9th:          Jerry King, Flint, Texas, five bass, 16-2, $601

               10th:        Jim Dillard, West Monroe, La., five bass, 16-0, $526 

Ganey’s big kicker bass ended up weighing 8 pounds, 9 ounces – the heaviest of the event in the Boater Division – and earned him the day’s Boater Big Bass award of $655. Michael Glynn of Boerne, Texas, won the Co-angler Division and $2,353 Saturday after catching five bass weighing 18 pounds, 9 ounces.


The top 10 co-anglers were:

               1st:          Michael Glynn, Boerne, Texas, five bass, 18-9, $2,353

               2nd:         Hannah Gryder, Milam, Texas, five bass, 17-9, $1,127

               3rd:          Pete Lammons, Houston, Texas, five bass, 15-12, $801

               4th:          Zane Leblanc, Reserve, La., five bass, 15-2, $853

               5th:          Ryan Bourque, Slidell, La., five bass, 14-10, $451

               6th:          Logan Slaughter, Dallas, Texas, five bass, 13-15, $413

               7th:          Brian Tolley, Katy, Texas, five bass, 13-5, $526

               8th:          Clark Moore, Nacogdoches, Texas, five bass, 13-2, $338

               9th:          Sammy Strong, Orange, Texas, five bass, 13-0, $281

               9th:          David Beason, Evans, La., five bass, 13-0, $281

Leblanc caught the heaviest bass in the Co-angler Division, a fish weighing in at 7 pounds, 8 ounces. The catch earned him the day’s Co-angler Big Bass award of $327.

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