Fish small and sparse but Danville man wins bass tourney at Patoka Lake | Sports & Recreation
Terry Dillon of Danville, Ind., weighed in four bass totaling 13 pounds, 15 ounces Saturday to win the Walmart Bass Fishing League Hoosier Division event on Lake Patoka. For his victory, Dillon earned $4,000.
“I lost my fifth fish that would have filled my limit,” said Dillon. “I thought for sure that it was going to hurt me. These weights are not typical here right now. I think that the bass are scattered and in three or four different patterns, and none of them are very good right now.”
Terry Dillion won the BFL Hoosier Division with 13-15 on Saturday; for his victory Dillon earned $4,000.
Dillon said that he has years of experience on Lake Patoka, and he decided to make a run up the Patoka River to fish the off-color water.
“I had a really bad practice period,” Dillon said. “The main lake was very clear, and I thought that my best bet would be to make the run up the river.”
Dillon said that he targeted the grass on the banks that would normally be exposed, but were holding fish because of the high water levels. Three of his bass came on a G-Finish silver and black back-colored Rebel Pop-R and his fourth keeper fish came on a white spinnerbait.
“I live within two hours of the lake,” Dillon went on to say. “Typically it takes 16 to 18 pounds to win a tournament out here, so weights are down. I’m happy that my knowledge of the lake paid off for me in this event.”
In the co-angler division, Lucas McDaniel of Carmel, Ind., weighed in three bass totaling 7 pounds, 6 ounces Saturday to win $2,000.
Mike Mosby of Petersburg took second with two bass weighing 6 pounds, 12 ounces and received a check for $1,000.
The next BFL Hoosier Division tournament is scheduled for July 27 on the Ohio River at Rocky Point in Cannelton, Ind. After the last divisional tournament is complete, the top 40 boaters and 40 co-anglers based on point standings will qualify for the Oct. 10-12 Regional Championship on Kentucky Lake in Gilbertsville, Ky. Boaters will compete for a top award of a Ranger Z518 with a 200-horsepower Evinrude or Mercury outboard and a Chevy Silverado, while co-anglers will fish for a new Ranger Z518 with a 200-horsepower Evinrude or Mercury outboard.
The BFL is a 24-division circuit devoted to weekend anglers, with 120 tournaments throughout the season, five in each division.