The 2019 Costa FLW Series Southwest Division Finale is finished.
Coming out on top of the pack is Curt Warren of Rose, Oklahoma. Warren began the final day of competition in third place, having bagged only 8 of the possible 10 fish. The third day of competition resulted in Warren catching the five bass maximum, weighing in at 15 pounds and 9 ounces.
“I didn’t have a whole lot of boat pressure around me, because I think that I was fishing much deeper than most,” said Warren. “I wasn’t really doing anything special. I was just fishing from mid-lake to the dam, fishing fall transition stuff – big chunk rock and fresh green brush.”
Warren, who won the 2017 BFL on Grand Lake, had a total of thirteen bass that weighed 46 pounds and 7 ounces.
“I only had four fish on each of the first two days – although I lost a 2½- to 3-pounder Thursday – but today I caught five and I probably lost another five,” Warren said. “I’d been catching a few early and a few later in the day. Today, it was nothing early and then from 1:30 on I caught everything that I weighed.
“I think the key to my win was my equipment and gear,” Warren went on to say. “I was fishing a Falcon Rods Expert Series ‘Amistad’ Extra Heavy rod and it is really an ideal rod for the football jigs that I like to use. My line was just as important – I was throwing 22-pound-test Sunline Shooter Fluorocarbon. With it, I can feel anything.”
Throughout the tournament, Warren primarily used three lures: Bass X ¾-ounce football jig (kicker craw), with a Netbait Paca Chunk (green-pumpkin) or Strike King Rage Craw (watermelon candy). On Saturday, Warren threw in a Zoom Brush Hog.
Warren's winnings included: $77,175, Ranger Z581L boat with 200 HP Evinrude or Mercury outboard.
Jason Christie, who finished in second, caught the biggest bass of the tournament, weighing in at 7 pounds and 7 ounces.
In the Co-Angler Division, Bentonville's Steven Meador took home to top prizes after bagging 11 bass that weighed 27 pounds and 15 ounces. Travis Patillio caught the biggest fish of the tournament, weighing in at 5 pounds and 6 ounces.
Meador's winnings included: a Ranger Z175 boat with a 115 HP outboard motor, $27,100 and the $5,000 Ranger Cup contingency.
The next FLW tournament will be the Central Division finale on Table Rock Lake in Osage Beach, Missouri on October 10-12.
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Top Ten Pro Results
1st: Curt Warren, Rose, Okla., 13 bass, 46-7, $77,175
2nd: Jason Christie, Park Hill, Okla., 15 bass, 45-1, $12,027
3rd: Toby Hartsell, Afton, Okla., 15 bass, 41-15, $9,085
4th: Bradley Hallman, Norman, Okla., 15 bass, 40-5, $7,571
5th: Cody Bird, Granbury, Texas, 13 bass, 39-6, $6,814
6th: Jeremy Lawyer, Sarcoxie, Mo., 15 bass, 36-5, $6,057
7th: Marcus Sykora, Osage Beach, Mo., 14 bass, 35-13, $5,300
8th: Lance Crawford, Broken Bow, Okla., 11 bass, 31-5, $4,542
9th: Allen Head, Pryor, Okla., 11 bass, 31-4, $3,785
10th: Paul Heavener, Tulsa, Okla., 12 bass, 28-7, $3,028
Top Ten Co-Angler Results
1st: Steven Meador, Bentonville, Ark., 11 bass, 27-15, $27,100 + $5,000 Ranger Cup
2nd: Richard Champagne, Bentonville, Ark., 11 bass, 27-5, $4,031
3rd: Alan Quick, Springfield, Mo., eight bass, 22-9, $3,185
4th: Calan Cameron, Coppell, Texas, eight bass, 20-8, $2,787
5th: Robin Babb, Tulsa, Okla., seven bass, 19-13 $2,439
6th: Mason Roach, Conroe, Texas, 11 bass, 19-11, $1,991
7th: Tony Thompson, New Braunfels, Texas, nine bass, 18-11, $1,593
8th: Johnny Burke, Bristow, Okla., nine bass, 17-5, $1,393
9th: Travis Pattilllo, Zavalla, Texas, five bass, 16-9, $1,322
10th: Jayce Garrison, Conroe, Texas, seven bass, 14-11, $995