Larry Goss of Hartsville won the Co-angler Division of the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) tournament on the Barren River in Glasgow, Ky., on Saturday.
Goss caught five bass weighing a total of 16 pounds, 14 ounces and took home $2,048 for his efforts.
Rod Huff of Monterey brought five bass to the scale weighing 18 pounds, 6 ounces, to win the Mountain Division tournament and $7,552.
Huff said he mainly fished rock and wood and caught his fish shallow, in less than 5 feet of water. He said his day was split between four areas, spanning from up the main river, to both Peter and Beaver creeks.
“Early on in the morning I caught my biggest using a (green-pumpkin) ChatterBait with a (Zoom) Z-Craw of the same color up the main river, around the wood and rock,” said Huff, who earned his second career win in BFL competition. “I ran the bait over a small laydown and put it in the boat.”
Huff’s fish – a 5-pound, 8-ouncer – was the heaviest of the event and earned the day’s Boater Big Bass award of $510.
“My other big bite came between 12 and 1 o’clock flipping the Z-Craw in Peter Creek,” said Huff. “I basically covered water with the ChatterBait and buzzbait, and if I came to a treetop or something like that I’d flip it.”
Huff said he ended up catching around seven keepers over the course of his day.
“The key for me was hitting the areas at the right time. There wasn’t a lot of pressure up shallow. I actually thought the tournament would be won offshore. That, along with my two big bites, was what sealed the deal for me.”
Tony Eckler of Lebanon finished fourth in the Mountain Division with a five-bass haul of 14 pounds, 15 ounces and won $896.
The top 45 boaters and co-anglers in the region based on point standings, along with the five winners in each qualifying event, will be entered in the Oct. 25-27 BFL Regional Championship on Lake Chickamauga in Dayton, Tenn. Boaters will compete for a top award of a Ranger Z518C with a 200-horsepower Evinrude outboard and $20,000, while co-anglers will fish for a new Ranger Z518C with a 200-horsepower Evinrude outboard.