I usually don’t go to the Net to get something to fill my space unless it concerns Texoma or someone from our area. Well I’m proud of all of the guys who I call friends for showing what they can do on their home water, Lake Texoma.

I usually don’t go to the Net to get something to fill my space unless it concerns Texoma or someone from our area. Well I’m proud of all of the guys who I call friends for showing what they can do on their home water, Lake Texoma.


Jeff Reynolds of Calera, Oklahoma won the Oct. 17-19 BFL Regional on Lake Texoma with a three-day total weight of 42 pounds, two ounces. Jeff was sitting in third at the end of Day 2 when the field was cut to 12 anglers and co-anglers. He also qualified along with five other fishermen for the All American BFL.


For his victory, Reynolds won a new Ranger Z518 with a 200-horsepower Evinrude or Mercury outboard plus a Chevy 1500 Silverado.


Reynolds said he used a topwater bait, local knowledge and a lot of gas to pick up his second BFL win of 2013 and qualify for the All-American.


"I just turned 40 and I’ve lived here since I was born," said Reynolds. "I’ve fished here all my life. Conditions kind of threw me for a loop; normally by this time in October the fish have moved back into the creeks and they’re pretty easy to catch. Not this time though. Making a swift change in his game plan was the reason Jeff caught fish in different water from what he expected.


"My biggest key was super, super-shallow water. The gizzard shad were up on little bitty flat points — really, really shallow points. It was mainly a timing deal; you had to be there at the right time. I bet I hit 50 spots per day. I burned a lot of gas running and gunning.


The top six boaters that qualified for the BFL All-American had three of the six spots claimed by local fishermen — first, third and fifth. Along with Jeff were Don McFarlin of Gordonville and Gene Robertson from Ardmore, Oklahoma.


"I’m pretty excited," Reynolds said. "For a weekend angler that makes your year — winning that much money in one tournament, that’s huge."


Todd Castledine of Nacogdoches was the runner-up with 15 bass at 41 pounds, 6 ounces, McFarlin was third at 40 pounds, 14 ounces, followed by Justin Phillips of Checotah, Okla. with 38 pounds, Robertson at 35 pounds and Chris McCall of Brookland at 33 pounds, one ounce.


Jason Adair of Roff, Okla., won the co-angler division with a three-day total of 10 bass totaling 21 pounds, 10 ounces. He won a Ranger Z518 with a 200-horsepower Evinrude or Mercury outboard along with a berth in the BFL All-American tournament.


The top six co-anglers that qualified for the BFL All-American were:


Evan Barnes, Nathan McCartney, David Blackstock and Nathan Colwell rounded out the top five with Anna’s Daniel Brock finishing sixth.


On Wednesday Tommy Hudson and I tried for some of those ABC fish from the CAST Couples Tournament two weeks ago in Lake Cleveland AKA Highport. We were running late and I guess those fish-in-a-barrel casters got them before us.


A beautiful morning greeted us as we launched with a cool, light wind and the sun peeking over the eastern tree line. There was smoke on the water as the temperature difference made a wispy ground fog come off the water.


I started on a deeper bank as the low lake level had some of our best stuff dry. That’s when I plowed up a stump. The low water made working down a bank impossible so we had to constantly star the big motor and move around almost every boathouse to get to the bank to fish.


I was throwing my Buzz bait. On a bare-looking rock bank I had a big fish miss it but he moved some water. Later I missed another but quickly picking up my Shaky head I cast to the same area and a chunky small bass tried to take it home with him.


Switching to my Heddon Zara Spook, slowly walking it got another big blow up. How a fish can miss that many sharp hooks I have never figured out.


Fishing some boathouses saw me catch another Kentucky on a jig. Not to be outdone, Tommy, not 20 feet from where I caught mine, got a nice keeper on his jig.


An easy run down to Tuckers and fishing the big outside point saw us catch one more on the Shaky Head. Another short run to a main lake, Rocky Point, saw me catch a chunky small mouth on my Booyah Buzz Bait.


As I brought the fish in I yelled at Tommy to get something in the water. There was another small mouth the same size as the one I caught swimming along with it.


It lost interest before Tommy could get reeled in and make another cast. By that time it was lunch calling, so we went in. One more great day on the lake to go in our memory book.