IT WAS A GRIND

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44 anglers took to the waters of Grand Lake O’Cherokee’s August 1st and 2nd FOR the TBFKS 2016 State Qualifier. Most of the anglers it was a grind to catch some fish. Typical patterns from dragging soft plastics on deep humps, brush to flippin’ docks and even a few throwing spinner baits on a slow roll. Anglers were all set with three sessions to catch a 3 fish limit per session. The 3 fish limit was set by the GRDA to help preserve the fishery during the hot summer conditions.

It was the first session which set the bar for the weekend. The 2nd session was a lot tougher for most of the anglers. The 3rd and final session on Sunday morning brought back some bigger bags to the scales to finish off the tournament and decided the State Team of 2016. The winning weight was 21.04lbs brought to the scales by Johnny Starks. He was followed close behind by Mr Reliable Dennis Hamel with 19.79lbs. Larry Riffey brought in 19.14lbs for 3rd place. It took 13.90lbs to make the team. The State Team will be headed to the 2016 Divisional hosted by Nebraska TBF. The site for the divisional is yet to be determined and will be announced in the near future.

Our Ranger Cup Winners were Larry Stoafer and Jason Baird.

2016 STATE TEAM

BOATERS

  1. JOHNNY STARKS 21.04
  2. DENNIS HAMEL 19.79
  3. LARRY RIFFEY 19.14
  4. LARRY STOAFER 18.40
  5. JASON BAIRD 18.36
  6. CHRISTIAN HAMEL 17.97

NON BOATERS

  1. JEREMY DINNEEN 17.90
  2. CHAD DICK 17.87
  3. DON GLICK 15.60
  4. KYLE KLEIN 15.36
  5. BRETT MITCHELL 14.49
  6. JASON BENJAMIN 13.93
  7. DELL METTLEN 13.90 ALTERNATE

I am already looking forward to next year. 2016 will bring some changes which will be announced soon hopefully.

See you at the next TBFKS Event

Fish-on

Thanks

Dell Mettlen Jr.