ZWOLLE, La. (May 2, 2016) β Nick Lebrun of Bossier City, Louisiana, weighed a five-bass limit totaling 22 pounds, 13 ounces, Saturday to win the FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Cowboy Division tournament on Toledo Bend Lake presented by Minn Kota. For his victory, Lebrun took home $4,866. Lebrun said he spent his day targeting shallow hay grass on the south end of the lake.
βI ended up making my way through two areas that I knew had fish in them,β said Lebrun, who earned his second win in BFL competition this season. βI originally had four, but due to the severe weather, two of my main-lake stops were blown out. I had to make do with what I had.β
Lebrun said he used one bait to catch his limit β a black and blue-colored V&M Wild Craw Jr.
βWhen I pitch and flip in shallow water, I commit to a lure that Iβm confident with,β said Lebrun. βI caught an 8-pounder at 8:30 a.m. and a 3- and a 4-pounder from my second area β all before 10:30 a.m. After that, bites were hard to come by. For me, it was recognizing the productivity of the cover I was fishing, and knowing when to move on.β
The Louisiana angler said he ended up catching 10 keepers.
The top five boaters were: 1. Nick Lebrun, Bossier City, La., five bass, 22-13, $4,866; 2. Glen Freeman, Converse, La., five bass, 20-1, $2,136; 3. Terry Cole, Houston, Texas, four bass, 19-13, $1,424; 4. Darold Gleason, Leesville, La., five bass, 18-10, $997; 5. Zack Gagnard, Pineville, La., five bass, 17-10, $854.
Lebrun also caught an 8-pound, 12-ounce bass β the biggest bass of the tournament in the pro division β and earned the dayβs Boater Big Bass award of $595.
Hogan Beckley of Grayson, Louisiana, weighed in five bass totaling 14 pounds even Saturday to win the co-angler division and earn $2,136. Others in the top five were: 2. Jason Chance, Houston, Texas, three bass, 10-3, $1,365; 3. David Cox, Silsbee, Texas, five bass, 8-13, $712; 4. Garry Fisher, Wylie, Texas, four bass, 8-12, $462 and Jacob Harrison, Nash, Texas, four bass, 8-12, $462.
Chance caught the biggest bass of the tournament in the co-angler division, a fish weighing 6 pounds, 8 ounces and earned the dayβs Co-angler Big Bass award of $297.