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ZWOLLE, La. (May 8, 2017) – FLW Tour pro Andrew Upshaw of Tulsa, Oklahoma, won the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Cowboy Division tournament presented by Navionics on Toledo Bend Lake Saturday after bringing five bass totaling 30 pounds, 15 ounces to the scale. For his win, Upshaw took home $5,257.

“I was fishing deep, in 20 to 24 feet of water, in areas near Three Mile Bridge,” said Upshaw, a former FLW College Fishing standout who is a six-year veteran of the FLW Tour. “I targeted stump rows using an 8-inch (Gene Larew) Tattletail Worm with a (Gene Larew) 7/16-ounce Hardhead.

“I’d find four or five stumps in a row along a breakline,” Upshaw continued. “The best stumps were right where it dropped from 20 to 24 feet. Once you find them relating to a specific depth on Toledo Bend that’s where they will be all over the lake.”

Upshaw said he preferred two colors for his Tattletail worm – green pumpkin and Red Bug Lite.

“I’d hit the Hardhead against the stump, and then let it sit there with a tight line,” said Upshaw. “Then the line would go slack or you would feel a bite. Most of the time it would go slack because they’d swim off with it.”

Upshaw said he caught most of his fish throughout the event on the Tattletail worm.
“I cranked one, but 90-percent of what I caught came on the worm,” said Upshaw. “With the dead-slick calm conditions, it was the perfect day for worm fishing.”

The top 10 boaters finished the tournament in:
1st: Andrew Upshaw, Tulsa, Okla., five bass, 30-15, $5,257
2nd: Thomas McMillan, Choudrant, La., five bass, 23-6, $2,628
3rd: Gary Caruso, Baton Rouge, La., five bass, 22-14, $1,685
4th: Darold Gleason, Many, La., five bass, 22-8, $1,180
5th: Matthew McArdle, Humble, Texas, 17-7, $1,011
6th: Jarred Williams, Bunkie, La., five bass, 16-7, $927
7th: Brett Hortman, West Monroe, La., three bass, 16-3, $1,623
8th: Tommy Mackey, Bryan, Texas, five bass, 16-1, $758
9th: Ken Smith, Dallas, Texas, five bass, 14-11, $674
10th: Billy Guinn, Shreveport, La., five bass, 14-10, $890

Complete results can be found at

Hortman caught a gigantic bass weighing 10 pounds, 12 ounces – the heaviest of the event in the Boater Division – which earned him the day’s Boater Big Bass award of $780.

Michael Greer Jr. of DeRidder, Louisiana, won the Co-angler Division and $2,728 Saturday after bringing a five-bass limit totaling 16 pounds, 9 ounces to the scale.
The top 10 co-anglers were:
1st: Michael Greer Jr., DeRidder, La., five bass, 16-9, $2,728
2nd: Doug Estep, Baton Rouge, La., five bass, 12-11, $1,054
2nd: Charles Dellard, Burleson, Texas, two bass, 12-11, $1,494
4th: Mat Downey, Kountze, Texas, five bass, 11-4, $590
5th: Adam Boyd, Humble, Texas, five bass, 10-13, $506
6th: Robert Royal, Vidor, Texas, five bass, 10-4, $464
7th: Russell Lewis, Pineville, La., five bass, 10-0, $400
7th: Jerry Wade Jr., Kingwood, Texas, four bass, 10-0, $400
9th: Justin Shelton, Seven Points, Texas, four bass, 9-13, $337
10th: Johnathan Fontenot, Iowa, La., two bass, 9-5, $295

Dellard caught the biggest bass among Co-angler Division anglers, a fish weighing 7 pounds, 4 ounces. The catch earned him the day’s Co-angler Big Bass award of $390.


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Water stained; 73–77 degrees; 0.13’ low. Black bass are good on watermelon and watermelon red soft plastics and spinnerbaits. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair on minnows and white spinnerbaits. Crappie are good on minnows and red tube jigs. Bream are good on worms. Channel and blue catfish are fair on frozen shrimp and stinkbait. Yellow catfish are slow.

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