For Mark Shadowens, this weekend turned out to be a special one.
Shadowens of Keifer, OK has bested the field and won his first Bass Fishing League Tournament. Shadowens turned in the five bass, the maximum number of fish, on each day of the two day tournament. On the first day of the tournament, Shadowens catch weighed in at 14 lbs and 15 oz. On the second day, Shadowens' catch weighed in at 14 lbs and 5 oz, making his total 29 lbs and 3 oz.
"They say that when it's your day to win, you'll do it," said Shadowens.
On each day, Shadowens says he caught six keepers, but had to toss one because of the five fish limit. But he also says that there were quite a few issues with his equipment during the tournament.
"I've been running with three tires, since Thursday, on my boat trailer. On Friday I had a live well issue... Today I ended up buying a battery at a marina because my cranking battery went out. So I don't know what I won, but you can deduct probably half of that for repairs," said Shadowens. "But it's been a good week, just lucky, that's all I can say."
On the co-angler side of things, Bryant Bradford from Oklahoma City took home the title. Bradford caught four fish each day, the first day his catches weighed in at 10 lbs and 13 oz, while on the second his catches weighed in at 10 lbs and 4 oz. All together, Bradford caught eight fish totaling 21 lbs and 5 oz. Bradford's winnings were $3,102.
Several local anglers competed in the tournament. In the boating category, Mick Fenn of Grove finished in ninth place overall, with a total of nine fish weighing 22 lbs 6 oz. Crawford Brantley, also of Grove, finished in fourteenth overall, catching seven fish that weighed in at 19 lbs and 13 oz.
Local anglers who only competed on the first day of the tournament were Darrel Robertson of Jay with five fish totaling 10 lbs and 7 oz, Brandon Ackerson of Afton with three fish totaling 8 lbs and 8 oz, Toby Hartsell of Afton with four fish totaling 8 lbs and 4 oz, Preston Cook of Miami with two fish totaling 5 lbs and 13 oz, Dustin Oxdine of Grove with two fish totaling 5 lbs and 4 oz and Mark Collings of Grove with two fish totaling 4 lbs and 7 oz.
One local co-angler made it to the second day of the tournament was Damon Duncan of Kansas, who placed fourteenth overall with a total of four fish weighing 10 lbs and 5 oz. Another local co-angler who only competed on the first day is Wesley Potter of Colcord who caught two fish weighing 3 lbs and 0 oz.
The top 45 anglers in the Okie Division will continue on to the Kentucky Lake Tournament held on October 17-19.
1) Mark Shadowens Keifer, OK 10 fish 29 lbs - 3 oz
2) Joel Baker Talala, OK 10 fish 28 lbs - 0 oz
3) Shonn Goodwin Moore, OK 10 fish 27 lbs - 10 oz
4) Ed Barton Vian, OK 10 fish 27 lbs - 4 oz
5) Steven McLarty Broken Arrow, OK 8 fish 26 lbs - 12 oz
6) Thomas Canaday Collinsville, OK 10 fish 25 lbs - 13 oz
7) John Shore Owasso, OK 10 fish 24 lbs - 5 oz
8) Trevis Unger Towanda, KS 10 fish 22 lbs - 11 oz
9) Mick Fenn Grove, OK 9 fish 22 lbs - 6 oz
10) James Marsh Thomas, OK 10 fish 22 lbs - 4 oz
1) Bryant Bradford OKC, OK 8 fish 21 lbs - 5 oz
2) Steve Bradfield Claremore, OK 7 fish 20 lbs - 1 oz
3) Bryan Schuster OKC, OK 8 fish 18 lbs - 0 oz
4) Blayke Haggard Gans, OK 8 fish 17 lbs - 13 oz
5) Harold Frazier Okmulgee, OK 7 fish 16 lbs - 3 oz
6) Steven Whitaker Sallisaw, OK 6 fish 16 lbs - 0 oz
7) Matthew Palesano Chickasha, OK 6 fish 15 lbs - 14 oz
8) Cord Colwell Pryor, OK 6 fish 15 lbs - 10 oz
9) Nathan Colwell Pryor, OK 6 fish 14 lbs - 9 oz
10) Jon Jones Grain Valley, MO 4 fish 13 lbs - 4 oz