Pitt Wins Bass Fishing League Tournament on Toledo Bend Reservoir

Pitt Wins Bass Fishing League Tournament on Toledo Bend Reservoir Cody Pitt won the FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) tournament on Toledo Bend Reservoir

MANY, La. (Jan. 28, 2019) – Local angler Cody Pitt of Many, caught five bass Saturday weighing 24 pounds, 5 ounces, to win the FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) tournament on Toledo Bend Reservoir. Pitt earned $6,349 for his efforts. Pitt said he caught his fish in and around Housen Bay, first targeting prespawn bass back in a creek channel before heading out to the main lake. He used one lure to catch his limit – a Powder Blue Back Chartreuse-colored Strike King Pro Model 6XD crankbait.


“Timing was the biggest part of my success,” said Pitt, who logged his second career win on Toledo Bend Reservoir in BFL competition. “In practice, I tried to find the early morning bite, but it was pretty much non-existent. The first bite I could find was the prespawn bite, but it didn’t really get going until 8:30 or 9 [a.m.] I knew going into the tournament that if I could just make myself wait, they’d be pulled up and schooling and I could get some good bites.”


By 9:30 a.m., Pitt had 18 pounds of bass in the boat. He described his first area as a creek channel bend that met a secondary point, and said the fish were on the point waiting to head back and spawn. From there, he decided to concentrate on the main lake.


“My [main-lake] spots had hard bottoms and the fish were more in a wintertime pattern. I found that they were out there from around 10 [a.m.] to 1 [p.m.] – a window of time I’d narrowed down from practice,” said Pitt. “I used the 6XD and caught my best fish, including three that I think were each about 5 pounds.”


Pitt said he ended up catching approximately 20 keepers throughout his day.


“My Lowrance electronics were key to finding my fish. I spent a lot of time idling and down-scanning and side-scanning, just looking for either hard spots or fish themselves.”


.The top 10 boaters finished the tournament in:

               1st:          Cody Pitt, Many, La., five bass, 24-5, $6,349

               2nd:         Benjamin Gulett, Converse, La., five bass, 20-0, $2,775

               3rd:          Jeffrey Grubbs, Goodrich, Texas, five bass, 19-13, $1,782

               4th:          Josh Champagne, Breaux Bridge, La., five bass, 19-8, $1,248

               5th:          Albert Collins, Nacogdoches, Texas, five bass, 19-1, $1,070

               6th:          Travis Kelehan, Lafayette, La., five bass, 17-14, $981

               7th:          Justin Shelton, Kemp, Texas, five bass, 17-10, $892

               8th:          Bryan McDonough, Katy, Texas, five bass, 17-6, $802

               9th:          Ryan Pinkston, Center, Texas, five bass, 17-0, $713

               10th:        Andre Martin, Lena, La., five bass, 16-14, $893

               10th:        Eason Dowden, Many, La., five bass, 16-14, $593 

Shannon Frick of Hemphill, Texas, caught an 8-pound, 7-ounce bass – the heaviest of the event in the Boater Division – and earned the day’s Boater Big Bass award of $850. Bill Fussell of Thibodaux, Louisiana, won the Co-angler Division and $2,675 Saturday after catching five bass weighing 15 pounds, 8 ounces.


The top 10 co-anglers were:

               1st:          Bill Fussell, Thibodaux, La., five bass, 15-8, $2,675

               2nd:         James Callaghan, De Berry, Texas, five bass, 14-4, $1,537

               3rd:          Chance Vicknair, Hemphill, Texas, five bass, 13-15, $941

               4th:          Jerry Strother, Glenmora, La., five bass, 13-9, $624

               5th:          Joseph Sciple, Lumberton, Texas, five bass, 13-4, $535

               6th:          Charles Dake, Carencro, La., five bass, 13-1, $490

               7th:          Jeff Grubbs Jr., Kemah, Texas, five bass, 12-15, $446

               8th:          Clark Moore, Nacogdoches, Texas, five bass, 12-5, $401

               9th:          Brian Murphy, Sulphur, La., five bass, 11-7, $357

               10th:        David Dennis, Mesquite, Texas, four bass, 11-5, $296

               10th:        Robert Bean, Daisetta, Texas, five bass, 11-5, $296

Carl Broussard of Converse, Louisiana, caught the largest bass in the Co-angler Division, a fish weighing in at 6 pounds, 12 ounces. The catch earned him the day’s Co-angler Big Bass award of $425.

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