Only limit lifts Partin to victory
MAYSVILLE, Ky. – Tim Partin of Springboro, Ohio, weighed a five-bass limit totaling 8 pounds, 5 ounces Saturday to win the third Walmart Bass Fishing League Buckeye Division tournament of 2014 on the Ohio River at Maysville. For his victory, Partin earned $6,879.
“I’m pretty happy,” said Partin, who earned his first BFL win in 11 years of competition. “It worked out really nice.
“It started in practice on Friday,” explained Partin. “I found some fish in a backwater pretty early and made a commitment to spend basically the entire day there on Saturday.”
Partin said that he mined one backwater for his winning limit and threw two different creature baits on a Texas rig with a 1/4-ounce weight.
“I fished rock in 3 to 6 feet,” said Partin. “I also fished brush piles in anywhere from 1 to 2 feet of water. There were kind of two different patterns going on in one area. There was some current, but I don’t think it had a big impact on the bite. I caught fish pretty steadily until noon.
“I didn’t think I would win,” finished Partin. “I felt like I had enough weight for a top-five. When I weighed in and the tournament director told me I had the only limit he had seen so far, I was shocked.”
Rounding out the top 10 pros:
2nd: John Carter, Cincinnati, Ohio, four bass, 6-15, $1,616
2nd: Steve Floyd, Leesburg, Ohio, four bass, 6-15, $1,616
4th: Kyle Weisenburger, Ottawa, Ohio, four bass, 6-13, $905
5th: Cody Seeger, Lewistown, Ohio, three bass, 6-1, $776
6th: Robert Scaggs Jr., Waverly, Ohio, three bass, 5-7, $711
7th: Ken Kieffer, Sardinia, Ohio, three bass, 5-1, $647
8th: David Spivey, Hamilton, Ohio, four bass, 4-15, $582 + $300 Evinrude Bonus
9th: David Walker, Ripley, Ohio, two bass, 4-12, $517
10th: Bob Logan, Waynesfield, Ohio, two bass, 4-10, $430
10th: Tom Uber, Columbus, Ohio, three bass, 4-10, $430
Complete results can be found by clicking here.
Sepeck wins co-angler title
Co-angler Dennis Sepeck of Bethel, Ohio, won the July 19 Buckeye Division event on the Ohio River with three fish weighing 6 pounds, 10 ounces. For his efforts, Sepeck took home a check worth nearly $2,000.Dennis Sepeck of Bethel, Ohio, weighed three bass totaling 6 pounds, 10 ounces Saturday to win $1,902 in the co-angler division.
Rounding out the top 10 co-anglers:
2nd: Gary Johns, Piqua, Ohio, two bass, 5-13, $951
3rd: Kyle Lackey, Tipp City, Ohio, two bass, 4-13, $634
4th: Larry Spivey, Middletown, Ohio, two bass, 3-12, $444
5th: Melvin McNeal, Circleville, Ohio, three bass, 3-0, $380
6th: Dennis Hughes, Bethel, Ohio, two bass, 2-10, $349
7th: Andy Gray, Olmstead Township, Ohio, one bass, 2-9, $317
8th: Trent Norman, Union, Ky., two bass, 2-8, $285
9th: Gerald Shaw, Pendleton, Ohio, one bass, 2-7, $225
9th: Daniel Shuga, Botkins, Ohio, one bass, 2-7, $225
9th: Brent Wilkens, Hamilton, Ohio, one bass, 2-7, $225
Complete co-angler results can be found by clicking here.
The top 40 boaters and 40 co-anglers based on point standings will qualify for the Oct. 16-18 Regional Championship on Kentucky Lake in Gilbertsville, Ky. Boaters will compete for a top award of a Ranger Z518C with a 200-horsepower Evinrude or Mercury outboard and a Chevy Silverado, 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 40 boaters and co-anglers from each division qualify for a regional tournament and compete to finish in the top six, which then qualifies them for one of the longest-running championships in all of competitive bass fishing – the Walmart BFL All-American presented by Chevy. Top winners in the BFL can move up to the Rayovac FLW Series or even the Walmart FLW Tour.
FLW is the industry’s premier tournament-fishing organization, providing anglers of all skill levels the opportunity to compete for millions in prize money nationwide in 2014 over the course of 229 tournaments across five tournament circuits, four of which provide an avenue to the sport’s richest payday and most coveted championship trophy – the Forrest Wood Cup. FLW tournament fishing can be seen on the Emmy-nominated “FLW” television show and is broadcast to more than 564 million households worldwide, making it the most widely distributed weekly outdoors-sports television show in the world. For more information about FLW visit FLWOutdoors.com and look for FLW on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.