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Pitt Wins Bass FLW Tournament on Toledo Bend


Tom Behrens has over 50 years experience in fishing and hunting across the United States. Much of this time was spent in Oklahoma and Texas where he became very familiar with the outdoor opportunities in these states. You may contact him by email at:

Cody Pitt of Many, caught five bass Saturday weighing 24 pounds, 5 ounces, to win the FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) tournament on Toledo Bend Reservoir. Pitt earned $6,349 for his efforts. Pitt said he caught his fish in and around Housen Bay, first targeting prespawn bass back in a creek channel before heading out to the main lake. He used one lure to catch his limit – a Powder Blue Back Chartreuse-colored Strike King Pro Model 6XD crankbait.

“Timing was the biggest part of my success,” said Pitt, who logged his second career win on Toledo Bend Reservoir in BFL competition. “In practice, I tried to find the early morning bite, but it was pretty much non-existent. The first bite I could find was the prespawn bite, but it didn’t really get going until 8:30 or 9 [a.m.] I knew going into the tournament that if I could just make myself wait, they’d be pulled up and schooling and I could get some good bites.”

By 9:30 a.m., Pitt had 18 pounds of bass in the boat. He described his first area as a creek channel bend that met a secondary point, and said the fish were on the point waiting to head back and spawn. From there, he decided to concentrate on the main lake.

“My [main-lake] spots had hard bottoms and the fish were more in a wintertime pattern. I found that they were out there from around 10 [a.m.] to 1 [p.m.] – a window of time I’d narrowed down from practice,” said Pitt. “I used the 6XD and caught my best fish, including three that I think were each about 5 pounds.”

Pitt said he ended up catching approximately 20 keepers throughout his day.

The top 10 boaters finished the tournament in:
1st: Cody Pitt, Many, La., five bass, 24-5, $6,349
2nd: Benjamin Gulett, Converse, La., five bass, 20-0, $2,775
3rd: Jeffrey Grubbs, Goodrich, Texas, five bass, 19-13, $1,782
4th: Josh Champagne, Breaux Bridge, La., five bass, 19-8, $1,248
5th: Albert Collins, Nacogdoches, Texas, five bass, 19-1, $1,070
6th: Travis Kelehan, Lafayette, La., five bass, 17-14, $981
7th: Justin Shelton, Kemp, Texas, five bass, 17-10, $892
8th: Bryan McDonough, Katy, Texas, five bass, 17-6, $802
9th: Ryan Pinkston, Center, Texas, five bass, 17-0, $713
10th: Andre Martin, Lena, La., five bass, 16-14, $893
10th: Eason Dowden, Many, La., five bass, 16-14, $593

Shannon Frick of Hemphill, Texas, caught an 8-pound, 7-ounce bass – the heaviest of the event in the Boater Division – and earned the day’s Boater Big Bass award of $850. Bill Fussell of Thibodaux, Louisiana, won the Co-angler Division and $2,675 Saturday after catching five bass weighing 15 pounds, 8 ounces.

The top 10 co-anglers were:
1st: Bill Fussell, Thibodaux, La., five bass, 15-8, $2,675
2nd: James Callaghan, De Berry, Texas, five bass, 14-4, $1,537
3rd: Chance Vicknair, Hemphill, Texas, five bass, 13-15, $941
4th: Jerry Strother, Glenmora, La., five bass, 13-9, $624
5th: Joseph Sciple, Lumberton, Texas, five bass, 13-4, $535
6th: Charles Dake, Carencro, La., five bass, 13-1, $490
7th: Jeff Grubbs Jr., Kemah, Texas, five bass, 12-15, $446
8th: Clark Moore, Nacogdoches, Texas, five bass, 12-5, $401
9th: Brian Murphy, Sulphur, La., five bass, 11-7, $357
10th: David Dennis, Mesquite, Texas, four bass, 11-5, $296
10th: Robert Bean, Daisetta, Texas, five bass, 11-5, $296

Carl Broussard of Converse, Louisiana, caught the largest bass in the Co-angler Division, a fish weighing in at 6 pounds, 12 ounces. The catch earned him the day’s Co-angler Big Bass award of $425.


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