Local Southeast Oklahoma fisherman wins Broken Bow Lake tournament with big bass

Broken Bow Lake's Bash Fishing League found a local winner and won a nice stack of cash.

Local boater John Bowling of Broken Bow won Saturday’s Bass Fishing League (BFL) Okie Division tournament on Broken Bow Lake after catching five bass weighing 19 pounds, 8 ounces. For his win, Bowling earned $6,440. Bowling said he fished offshore ledges toward the southeast end of the lake.

“I only fished one ledge that was about 200-yards long,” said Bowling, whose win came in his first-ever event with FLW. “I didn’t catch a fish until noon, but put an 11-pounder in the boat around 1:45 p.m.

“I had let the ledge sit for five to 10 mins, and after I returned she bit on the second cast,” Bowling continued. “It was one of those ‘being in the right place at the right time’ kind of deals.”

Bowling said he used a ¾-ounce PB&J-colored Buckeye Lures Mop jig with a green-pumpkin Strike King Rage Tail Craw trailer and caught a total of six fish.

“I was fishing deep – 23 to 24 feet down,” said Bowling. “I also used a one-ounce version of the jig to get down there because of wind.”

Bowling threw the jig on a 7-foot, 4-inch Duckett Triad Series heavy-action casting rod and a Lew’s Super Duty Wide Speed Spool reel with 20-pound-test Seaguar InvizX fluorocarbon line.

“I couldn’t have done it without my Lowrance electronics, they helped me find the fish,” said Bowling. “The Spot Lock feature on my Minn Kota Ultrex was also crucial, as it held me in place when the wind picked up.”

The top 10 boaters finished the tournament in:

               1st:          John Bowling, Broken Bow, Okla., five bass, 19-8, $4,440 + $2,000 Ranger Cup Bonus

               2nd:         Brandon Snow, Broken Bow, Okla., five bass, 15-4, $1,773

               3rd:          Christopher Jones, Bokoshe, Okla., five bass, 13-8, $1,281

               4th:          Mark Shadowens, Kiefer, Okla., five bass, 13-2, $827

               5th:          Darin Crowder, Claremore, Okla., five bass, 13-0, $709

               6th:          Trevis Unger, Towanda, Kan., five bass, 12-13, $650

               7th:          Mason Spencer, Broken Bow, Okla., five bass, 12-9, $591

               8th:          Brent Haggard, Gans, Okla., five bass, 11-13, $532

               9th:          Nick Kincaid, Coweta, Okla., five bass, 11-12, $593

               9th:          Chris Ogan, Broken Arrow, Okla., five bass, 11-12, $443

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Bowling’s big bass weighed 11 pounds, 3 ounces and was the heaviest of the event in the Boater Division. The catch earned him the day’s Boater Big Bass award of $445. Sanford Hooker of Wellston, Oklahoma, won the Co-angler Division and $1,773 Saturday after catching five bass weighing 11 pounds even.


The top 10 co-anglers were:

               1st:          Sanford Hooker, Wellston, Okla., five bass      , 11-0, $1,773

               2nd:         Shane McGlothlin, Anadarko, Okla., five bass, 10-11, $1,086

               3rd:          Alan Hill, Ada, Okla., five bass, 10-4, $591

               4th:          Darin Comstock, Denison, Texas, five bass, 10-3, $414

               5th:          Michael Shinstine, Springdale, Ark., four bass, 9-14, $355

               6th:          Colton Johnson, Allen, Okla., four bass, 9-10, $310

               6th:          Jackie Copeland, Sallisaw, Okla., five bass, 9-10, $310

               8th:          Dalton French, Broken Bow, Okla., five bass, 9-6, $266

               9th:          Rick Blosser, Tulsa, Okla., five bass, 9-5, $286

               10th:        Dalton Ross, Cave Springs, Ark., five bass, 9-4, $207

Leroy Sheperd of Mountain View, Oklahoma, caught the heaviest bass in the Co-angler Division, a fish weighing in at 7 pounds even. The catch earned him the day’s Co-angler Big Bass award of $222.