Dustin Blevins & Eric Blevins crowned West Plains Marine 2017 Bull Shoals Division Champions at this final event.
Even though a week of below normal temperatures followed the previous weekend’s blast of wind and snow, anglers in the Bull Shoals Division were finally served a tournament day with warm temperatures and sunny skies. Many would have asked for a bit of wind, but the conditions allowed for 13 double-digit stringers to find their way to the weigh-in scales. 23 teams blasted off from Buck Creek Marina seeking the winning bag of bass, a last chance shot at improving their divisional standing, and the associated points towards qualifying for the 2017 Championship next October on Table Rock.
Saving their best for last was Darrin King and Mark Mahaffey. They worked spinnerbaits and jigs slowly along a variety of secondary points to catch 8 keepers throughout the day. Their best five pushed the scales to 17.02, aided by a 4.75 kicker. While Mark shared their techniques, Darrin noted their SPORT BOATS USA KEY FOR SUCCESS and the key to winning the Joe Bass Highest Finishing Skeeter Award was his mastery of netting Mark’s fish from his Skeeter FX.
Eric and Dustin Blevins overcame engine problems to secure second place with 16.75 pounds. Eric revealed they boated their fish on umbrella rigs fished along deeper banks between the Sugarloafs and Big Creek. The second place finish “culled” a third place finish last month, leaving them with four wins and a second to earn the Division Points championship, and incredible end to an incredible season!
Jason Davidson and Darren Tilley wrapped up another third place check with five fish weighing 16.45 pounds. They mixed a SPRO Rock Crawler with an umbrella rig on route to a ten keeper day. Their locations included spots scattered between Lead Hill and just below Big Creek.
Arnold and Chevy Ply landed the Ozarks Chevrolet Big Bass honors and with a 5.31 largemouth. Their big bite came on a Roque fished on a transition between a bluff end point and pea gravel bank.
This event concludes the 2017 Bull Shoals Division. Special thanks are in order to all the division sponsors, in particular West Plains Marine and Buck Creek Marina. Let’s look forward to the fall kickoff of the 2018 season!
|1||Darrin King – Mark Mahaffey||5||4.8||17.02||110||$1,520.00|
|2||Dustin Blevins – Eric Blevins||5||3.2||16.75||109||$740.00|
|3||Jason Davidson – Darren Tilley||5||3.4||16.45||108||$378.00|
|4||Sonny Moore – Gary Brach||5||3.8||15.24||107||$140.00|
|5||Laryme Campbell – David Rogers||5||4||14.96||106|
|6||Arnold Ply – Chevy Ply||5||5.3||14.93||105||$140.00|
|7||Matt Layman – Casey Brotherton||5||3.4||14.65||104|
|8||Robert Burtrum – Bo Burtrum||5||3.7||13.67||103|
|9||Matt Garrett – Kaleb Rook||5||3.8||12.58||102|
|10||Doug Fulkerson – Andy Harnstrom||5||3.7||12.26||101|
|11||Michael Cox – Tommy Skinner||5||0.5||3||11.53||100|
|12||Jay Oliver – Jamie Horn||5||10.99||99|
|13||Jerry Doubek – Wes Suter||5||3.2||10.78||98|
|14||Jacob Garrett – Kem Wallace||3||3.9||8.47||97|
|15||*Rob Williams – Kenny Gipson||4||7.5||96|
|16||Mark Thompson – Jim Smith||4||5.43||95|
|17||Don Parkin – Rodney Shockey||3||5.11||94|
|18||Tom Mason – Chris Reese||3||4.15||93|
|19||Ernest Hearn – Forest Green||0||10|
|Mark Sanders – Ronnie Curry||0||10|
|Casey Stout – Jay Stout||0||10|
|Mickey Welch – Lawson Curtis||0||10|
|Zach Woods – Danny Vines||0||10|