Blake Ellison of Inola weighed a two-day total of 10 bass totaling 29 pounds, 2 ounces to win the Walmart Bass Fishing League Okie Division super tournament on Grand Lake in Grove on Sunday.
For his victory, Ellison earned $5,197.
“I was fishing a few different areas with a few different patterns,” said Ellison. “On the first day I started out fishing up the river, but it was rainy and drizzled all day, so I had to scramble to find the clear water. I moved deeper and found the clearer water, throwing a shaky head and topwater baits. I fished the breaklines, in 8 to 12 feet of water.
“On day two it cleared up a little bit, and I was able to fish shallow,” Ellison continued. “I was flipping shallow wood and cover on flats using june-bug-colored beaver-style baits. The fishing was a little better on Saturday, as I boated over 20 keepers on Saturday and only 15 on Sunday.”
Ellison credits his experience and decision making with getting him the win.
“I fished a lot out here last fall,” he said. “And I had one day of practice last week. I knew that I could find them shallow, but during practice I really concentrated on finding them in the clear water in case it rained. I think that working the multiple patterns and keeping an open mind were the keys to my victory in this tournament.”
Rounding out the top 10 pros were:
2nd: Chris Torkleson, Sand Springs, 10 bass, 27-7, $2,598;
3rd Preston Frazell, Glenpool, nine bass, 27-0, $1,733;
4th: Lee Sanders, Stillwater, 10 bass, 26-15, $1,213;
5th: Zack Birge, Blanchard, nine bass, 26-13, $1,039;
6th: Rick Kelley, Ada,10 bass, 26-0, $953;
7th: Craig Smith, Dewey, eight bass, 25-2, $866;
8th: Jason Wedel, Lowell, Ark., eight bass, 24-6, $780;
9th: Jeff Bullinger, Sapulpa, 10 bass, 23-15, $693;
10th: Shonn Goodwin, Moore, 10 bass, 23-13, $606