Smith Wins Bass Fishing League Tournament on Toledo Bend

Smith Wins Bass Fishing League Tournament on Toledo Bend Ken Smith won the 2019 Bass Fishing League (BFL) Cowboy division tournament on Toledo Bend

MANY, La. (April 15, 2019) – Boater Ken Smith of Dallas, Texas, caught five bass Saturday weighing 21 pounds, 12 ounces, to win the 2019 Bass Fishing League (BFL) Cowboy division tournament on Toledo Bend. Smith earned $8,303 for his victory.


Due to a shortage of co-angler participants, Smith had to fish in a boater-on-boater format and was paired with River Lee of Nacogdoches, Texas. It was a successful day on the water for the duo, as Smith won the event while Lee finished the event in 12th place and won $431.


“I had fish down by the dam, but he had fish closer so we decided to start on his fish and work our way south,” said Smith, who earned his second career victory in BFL competition. “We were fishing in my boat, but we never made it to my fish. Our first spot – which River suggested – we caught five keepers, back and forth, and we never left the area. In fairness, the place we fished is a community hole, but I certainly want to give River credit for putting us on the winning fish.”


Smith said that he caught around a dozen keepers throughout the day flipping a Baby Bass-colored Yamamoto Senko on a Lew’s Custom Lite rod and reel combo with 20-pound Seaguar fluorocarbon.


“The fish were up in the grass as opposed to being on the edge,” Smith said. “Around 11 (a.m.) I caught the big one (7-14) and then a 6-pounder. In 15 minutes I went from 12 pounds to 21 pounds.


“The key was fishing up in the viney bank grass,” Smith went on to say. “There were a lot of guys in the area fishing frogs and topwaters and we were coming in right behind them and catching them way up in the grass.”


.The top 10 boaters finished the tournament in:

               1st:          Ken Smith, Dallas, Texas, five bass, 21-12, $6,303 + $2,000 Ranger Cup

               2nd:         Cole Stewart, Hemphill, Texas, five bass, 20-13, $2,232

               3rd:          Zack Fogle, White Oak, Texas, five bass, 20-1, $1,489

               4th:          Philip Crelia, Center, Texas, five bass, 19-3, $1,141

               5th:          Paul Wilson, Converse, La., five bass, 17-15, $893

               6th:          Glen Freeman, Zwolle, La., five bass, 17-7, $818

               7th:          Josh Champagne, Breaux Bridge, La., five bass, 17-5, $744

               8th:          Nick Abshire, Sulphur, La., five bass, 17-4, $632

               8th:          Cody Pitt, Many, La., five bass, 17-4, $632

               10th:        Matthew Armand, Hessmer, La., five bass, 15-14, $521 

Smith’s 7-pound, 14-ounce bass was the heaviest of the event in the Boater Division and earned the day’s Boater Big Bass award of $640. Lat Nichols of Deport, Texas, won the Co-angler Division and $2,357 Saturday after catching five bass weighing 15 pounds, 14 ounces.


The top 10 co-anglers were:

               1st:          Lat Nichols, Deport, Texas, five bass, 15-14, $2,357

               2nd:         Julio Garza, Houston, Texas, five bass, 13-6, $1,129

               3rd:          Joey Tuminello, Lafayette, La., five bass, 13-2, $717

               4th:          James Callaghan, De Berry, Texas, five bass, 11-10, $503

               5th:          Brent Cooper, The Woodlands, Texas, five bass, 11-4, $431

               6th:          Richard Hooter, Natchitoches, La., four bass, 11-3, $396

               7th:          Rodney Harris, Texarkana, Ark., five bass, 10-3, $360

               8th:          Jeff Grubbs Jr., Kemah, Texas, three bass, 10-2, $779

               9th:          Cannon Rush, Grand Prairie, Texas, five bass, 10-0, $288

               10th:        Dillon Roberts, Claremore, Okla., five bass, 9-9, $252

Grubbs Jr. caught the largest bass in the Co-angler Division, a fish weighing in at 5 pounds, 13 ounces. The catch earned him the day’s Co-angler Big Bass award of $305.

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