Mild temperatures and light winds followed a cloudy windy day that saw many of the teams practicing for the inaugural event of 2018 Joe Bass Team Trail Bull Shoals Division struggle to replicate their practice patterns. As always, the skill of the anglers in the Bull Shoals Division rang through loud and clear as solid weights were required to stake claim to the top positions as 35 teams launched from beautiful Buck Creek Marina in search of daily bragging rights and qualifying points for the Joe Bass Team Trails Championship at Table Rock Lake in October.
Coming out on top of the kickoff event was Jamie and Shannon Loveall. Jamie shared they ran up lake to fish chunk rock banks with SPRO Rockcrawlers and buzzbaits. Having a tremendous day, Jamie noted they caught over 30 keepers to amass the winning weight of 16.62 pounds. Included in their bag was the Ozarks Chevrolet Big Bass of the event which pushed the scales to 4.32 pounds
Over a pound behind in second place was the high-powered team of Eric and Dustin Blevins. They targeted shallow gravel banks with spinnerbaits to produce their 15.55 pound results. Dustin noted that wind, which fluctuated throughout the day, helped the bite and caused them to stay on the move. By chasing the wind, Eric and Dustin put seven keepers in the boat during the day’s activity.
Rounding out the top three was the ever-strong Greg Blair who teamed with Derek Blair. Greg described their primary spots were bluff end points up river. They were on a strong crankbait and spinnerbait bite, catching 17-18 keepers, the best five of which weighed 14.35 pounds.
The Sport Boats USA Skeeter Bonus went to Jeff Epley and Kelly Greer as they took a check for 6th place with a limit weighing 11.42 pounds. They fished from Jeff’s 2017 Sport Boats USA ZX250 Skeeter bass boat.
The next event in the Bull Shoals Division is December 2 at 7:00 am, Buck Creek Marina.
|1||Jamie Loveall – Shannon Loveall||5||4.3||16.62||110||$1,540.00|
|2||Dustin Blevins – Eric Blevins||5||3.4||15.55||109||$800.00|
|3||*Derek Blair – Greg Blair||5||3.4||14.35||108||$590.00|
|4||Laryme Campbell – David Rogers||5||2.7||12.75||107||$320.00|
|5||Michael Cox – Tommy Skinner||5||3.6||11.5||106||$340.00|
|6||Jeff Epley – Kelly Greer||5||11.42||105||$1,180.00|
|7||Arthur Fortin – Marvin Whisnant||5||2.9||10.63||104||$150.00|
|8||J.D. Day – Adam Isaacs||5||2.7||10.36||103|
|9||Ed Young – Roger Harp||5||10.03||102|
|10||Danny Burns – Terry Thomas||5||9.78||101|
|11||Matt Layman – Casey Brotherton||5||2.9||9.63||100|
|12||Rory Preis –||5||2.2||9.46||99|
|13||Larry Hurtt – Jean Fischer||5||9.34||98|
|14||Tyler Matlock – Connie Matlock||5||9.29||97|
|15||Bryan Barnard – Garrett Barnard||4||9.02||96|
|16||Don Parkin – Rodney Shockey||5||8.99||95|
|17||Mark Taylor – Justin Reed||5||8.96||94|
|18||Matt Garrett – Kaleb Rook||5||8.38||93|
|19||Chris Scott – Chris Brooks||4||8.12||92|
|20||Chad Whited – Scott Dixon||4||3.3||7.82||91|
|21||Gary Daniel – Jay Oliver||4||7.14||90|
|22||Chris Hughes – *Jordan White||3||6.54||89|
|23||Chester Miles –||4||6.44||88|
|24||John Griffith – Bradley Walker||4||6.2||87|
|25||Myron Dixon – Pat Thurman||3||3.5||6.05||86|
|26||Darrin King – Mark Mahaffey||3||0.5||5.87||85|
|27||James Brown – Bob Capps||2||5.49||84|
|28||Tom Mason – Chris Reese||3||4.95||83|
|29||Mark Thompson – Jim Smith||1||2.1||2.12||82|
|30||Larry Davenport – Kyle Davenport||0||10|
|Jason Davidson – Darren Tilley||0||10|
|Jeremy Ealy – *Bobby Whittaker||0||10|
|Cody Ellison – Daniel Wilson||0||10|
|James Miles –||0||10|
|Mark Sanders – Ronnie Curry||0||10|