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Freeman Wins T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League Cowboy Division Tournament


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ZWOLLE, La. (April 23, 2018) – Boater Glen Freeman of Zwolle, caught a five-bass limit weighing 24 pounds, 12 ounces, Saturday to win the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Cowboy Division event on Toledo Bend Lake. For his efforts, Freeman took home $6,895.

“I concentrated on points where the bass were moving up and feeding at certain times of the day. You just had to be there at the right time,” said Freeman, who is now tied for second on the All-Time BFL wins list with 10 career wins in BFL competition.

“I was on the north end of the lake, sitting in 5 to 6 feet of water and throwing to 2 to 3 feet. I had 9 or 10 points and just rotated through them.”

Freeman said he used a green-pumpkin-colored ½-ounce Johnston jig with a Zoom Ultra Vibe Speed Craw trailer of the same color to catch approximately 15 keepers throughout the day.

“They bit the best mid-morning,” said Freeman. “The wind was a big deal for me. I had to have some wind to help the points – that brought the bass up to feed.”

The top 10 boaters finished the tournament in:
1st: Glen Freeman, Zwolle, La., five bass, 24-12, $4,895 + $2,000 Ranger Cup Bonus
2nd: Matthew McArdle, Humble, Texas, five bass, 20-6, $2,448
3rd: Lance Duff, Lumberton, Texas, five bass, 19-13, $1,565
4th: Jeff Wooldridge, Chandler, Texas, five bass, 18-10, $1,096
5th: Darold Gleason, Many, La., five bass, 18-9, $939
6th: Stephen Reitzell, Colfax, La., five bass, 18-2, $861
7th: Josh Dunaway, Sulphur, La., five bass, 18-1, $783
8th: Nick Lebrun, Bossier City, La., five bass, 17-10, $704
9th: Cory Bono, Lake Charles, La., five bass, 17-9, $626
10th: T.J. Goodwyn, Center, Texas, five bass, 17-6, $548
Complete results can be found at
Bob Vote of Kingwood, Texas, brought a 7-pound, 12-ounce bass to the scale – the heaviest of the event in the Boater Division – and earned the day’s Boater Big Bass award of $700.
Cason Lewis of Pineville, Louisiana, won the Co-angler Division and $2,548 Saturday after catching five bass weighing 13 pounds, 14 ounces.

The top 10 co-anglers were:
1st: Cason Lewis, Pineville, La., five bass, 13-14, $2,548
2nd: James Waller, Cypress, Texas, five bass, 13-10, $1,174
3rd: Ronnie Ray Jr., McKinney, Texas, five bass, 13-7, $831
4th: James Callaghan, DeBerry, Texas, five bass, 13-4, $509
4th: Blake Landreneau, Youngsville, La., four bass, 13-4, $509
6th: Keith Kimbrough, Woden, Texas, five bass, 13-0, $430
7th: Bill Fussell, Thibodaux, La., five bass, 12-15, $391
8th: Fred Martin, North Little Rock, Ark., five bass, 12-12, $352
9th: Cedric Jackson, Sicily Island, La., five bass, 12-10, $293
9th: Bernard Fruge, Noble, La., five bass, 12-10, $293
Eddie Burns of Little Rock, Arkansas, caught the largest bass in the coangler division.


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