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Zwolle's Freeman Wins T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League Cowboy Division Finale:Texas' Shelton Takes Co-angler Title


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MANY, La. (Oct. 2, 2017) – Boater Glen Freeman of Zwolle, Louisiana, won the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Cowboy Division tournament on Toledo Bend Lake Sunday with a two-day cumulative total of 10 bass weighing 37 pounds, 11 ounces. For his efforts, Freeman took home $8,074.

“I fished offshore ridges, just above the Pendleton Bridge, in 15 to 20 feet of water,” said Freeman, who notched his ninth career win on Toledo Bend in BFL competition. “The main thing for me this weekend was timing. They’d bite early in some spots one day, and the next day they’d bite late in those spots. You had to be in the right place at the right time.”

Freeman said he rotated between two lures to catch his fish – a Red Bug-colored Texas-rigged Double Z Lures Magnum-T Worm and a Mister Twister worm. He said he caught seven keepers Saturday and around 10 on Sunday.

“It was a lot of basic, offshore, old-fashioned Texas-rig worm fishing out there,” said Freeman.

The top 10 boaters finished the tournament in:
1st: Glen Freeman, Zwolle, La., 10 bass, 37-11, $6,074 + $2,000 Ranger Cup Bonus
2nd: Albert Collins, Nacogdoches, Texas, 10 bass, 36-7, $3,037
3rd: Nick Lebrun, Bossier City, La., 10 bass, 32-7, $1,957
4th: Randy Deaver, Blanchard, La., 10 bass, 30-13, $1,371
5th: Charles DuBroc, Hessmer, La., nine bass, 29-4, $1,865
6th: Darold Gleason, Many, La., 10 bass, 28-3, $1,077
7th: Kyle Guidry, Opelousas, La., nine bass, 25-10, $979
8th: Kevin Jeane, Natchitoches, La., 10 bass, 25-7, $881
9th: Brian Martin, Hemphill, Texas, 10 bass, 24-15, $783
10th: Philip Crelia, Center, Texas, 10 bass, 24-10, $685
Complete results can be found at

Stephen Reitzell of Colfax, Louisiana, caught an 8-pound, 9-ounce bass – the heaviest of the event in the Boater Division – and earned the Boater Big Bass award of $390.

Justin Shelton of Kemp, Texas, caught a two-day total of eight bass weighing 27 pounds, 7 ounces, to win the Co-angler Division and $3,037.

The top 10 co-anglers were:
1st: Justin Shelton, Kemp, Texas, eight bass, 27-7, $3,037
2nd: David Kayda, Huffman, Texas, five bass, 21-12, $1,518
3rd: Charles Dellard, Burleson, Texas, nine bass, 21-0, $979
4th: Russell Lewis, Pineville, La., 10 bass, 20-8, $685
5th: Cedric Jackson, Sicily Island, La., five bass, 17-9, $587
6th: Doug Estep, Baton Rouge, La., eight bass, 14-4, $538
7th: Gary Medley, Vidor, Texas, six bass, 14-0, $489
8th: Logan Slaughter, Dallas, Texas, seven bass, 13-15, $441
9th: Dwayne Dennis, Colmesneil, Texas, five bass, 13-15, $392
10th: Alexander Phillips, Bossier, La., seven bass, 13-0, $343

Tim Woodard of Rosepine, Louisiana, caught the largest bass in the Co-angler Division – a fish weighing 7 pounds, 1 ounces – and earned the Co-angler Big Bass award of $390.

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