Local angler wins bass tournament on Lake Sinclair
Published 5:14 pm Tuesday, April 5, 2016
MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga.– Frank Jordan Jr. of Bainbridge, Georgia, weighed a five-bass limit totaling 21 pounds, 11 ounces, Saturday to win the third FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Bulldog Division tournament of 2016 on Lake Sinclair. For his victory, Jordan took home $4,575.
Jordan said he started his day targeting wind-blown seawalls on the outsides of spawning pockets using a Cole Slaw-colored War Eagle Mike McClelland Finesse Spinnerbait.
“The shad were spawning along the seawalls and I was able to catch some decent fish – including one I brought to the scale,” said Jordan, who earned his second career win in FLW competition. “Around 8:30 a.m. I switched to a chartreuse-colored Z-Man ChatterBait with a Zoom Fat Albert Grub. After that, the quality of fish improved a lot. I actually weighed in three fish off of the ChatterBait.”
At 1:30 p.m., Jordan said strong winds forced him to relocate. He said he proceeded to a creek and started flipping and pitching shallow docks with a black and blue War Eagle Jig rigged with a black Zoom Super Chunk.
“I probably hit 10 or 12 docks,” said Jordan. “Of the 20 keepers I caught during the event, my biggest – a 6-pound, 11-ouncer – came from that creek. It was a big upgrade. That jig pretty much sealed the deal for me.”
Tyler Morgan of Columbus, Georgia, caught a 6-pound, 15-ounce bass – the biggest of the tournament in the pro division – and earned the day’s Boater Big Bass award of $665.
Mark Denney of Bonaire, Georgia, weighed in five bass totaling 20 pounds even Saturday to win the co-angler division and earn $2,249.
Steve King caught the biggest bass of the tournament in the co-angler division, a fish weighing 5 pounds, 14 ounces and earned the day’s Co-angler Big Bass award of $322.
The top 50 boaters and 50 co-anglers based on point standings will qualify for the Oct. 13-15 Regional Championship on Lake Seminole in Bainbridge, Georgia. Boaters will compete for a top award of a Ranger Z518C with a 200-horsepower Evinrude or Mercury outboard and $20,000, while co-anglers will fish for a new Ranger Z518C with a 200-horsepower Evinrude or Mercury outboard.
The BFL is a 24-division circuit devoted to weekend anglers, with 120 tournaments throughout the season, five in each division. The top 50 boaters and co-anglers from each division qualify for a regional tournament and are competing to finish in the top six, which then qualifies them for one of the longest-running championships in all of competitive bass fishing – the BFL All-American. Top winners in the BFL can move up to the Costa FLW Series or even the Walmart FLW Tour.