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Area angler wins division at tournament

CORTLAND — Gary Ginter of Cortland brought a two-day total of 10 bass to the scale weighing 26 pounds, 2 ounces, to win the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Buckeye Division super-tournament on Mosquito Lake last month. Ginter, who earned $4,534 for his efforts, won the boaters division.

“I was fishing at the north end of the lake,” said Ginter, who earned his fourth career victory in BFL competition. “I started out day one throwing a buzzbait shallow up in the grass. I caught a limit, but there were a bunch of boats crowded around me so I worked my way outside into the deeper grass and that seemed to be where the bigger ones were.

“I culled out four fish in my limit in the deep grass throwing a Texas-rigged, Tequila Sunrise-colored YUM worm,” Ginter continued.

“On day two, I started with a buzzbait on the same spot as the first day and caught two keepers, then the bite shut off. I went back out deep and threw the worm, but it was much slower. I missed two, then the wind really picked up. I found my way into the back of a pocket on the north end – out of the wind – and ended up filling out my limit flipping an Okeechobee Craw-colored Reaction Innovations Sweet Beaver.”

Sean Wieda of Florence, Kentucky, caught a 4-pound, 8-ounce bass — the heaviest of the event in the Boater Division — and earned the event’s Boater Big Bass award of $247. He finished third in the Boater Division, behind Ginter and Charles Willis of Dayton.

Lexington, Ohio’s Bailey Craner won the Co-angler Division and $2,167 Sunday after catching a two-day total of 10 bass weighing 22 pounds, 1 ounce.

John Breedlove of Girard was seventh in the Co-angler Division. Rodney Gibbs of Springsboro caught the largest bass in the Co-angler Division, a fish weighing in at 3 pounds, 13 ounces.

The top 45 boaters and co-anglers in the region based on point standings, along with the five winners in each qualifying event, will be entered in the Oct. 17-19 BFL Regional Championship on Kentucky Lake presented by Evinrude in Buchanan, Tennessee. Boaters will compete for a top award of a Ranger Z518L with a 200-horsepower outboard and $20,000, while co-anglers will fish for a new Ranger Z518L with a 200-horsepower outboard.

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