Floyd Wins 2016 Costa FLW Series on Kentucky Lake

Steve Floyd of Ohio flipped his way to victory on Kentucky Lake by catching an 8-plus-pounder on the final day.

Steve Floyd of Leesburg, Ohio, weighed a five-bass limit totaling 19 pounds, 8 ounces Saturday to win the Costa FLW Series Central Division event on Kentucky Lake presented by Lowrance with a three-day total of 15 bass weighing 51 pounds, 2 ounces. For his win, Floyd earned $95,000, including a new Ranger Z518 bass boat with a 200-horsepower Evinrude outboard engine.

“I ran south and fished a 10-mile area around the I-40 bridge,” said Floyd, who earned his fourth career win in FLW competition. “I was flipping shallow bushes all week, in 1½-feet of water. I caught around 20 keepers each day, all on a green-pumpkin Berkley Havoc Pit Boss.

“To win at Kentucky Lake you have to get at least one big bite each day, and that happened for me this week,” Floyd continued. “I was able to catch a 5-pounder on Thursday, another on Friday and an 8½-pounder today. My son fishes for the Bethel University fishing team and was following me on the water today and got to see me catch the big one. That was pretty special.”

Although Floyd resides in Ohio, he has plenty of experience on Kentucky Lake and owns a cabin near Paris. He said that his favorite way to fish was flipping bushes and when he saw the Kentucky Lake event was scheduled for April this year, he knew that he could have a chance to win.

“I won a BFL tournament here last year in early May flipping bushes, and it’s just my favorite way to fish,” Floyd said. “The first two days of the tournament the fish were biting better later in the day, but today they bit right away this morning. To come away with a win against this level of competition feels really, really good.”

The top 10 pros on Kentucky Lake were:

1st:          Steve Floyd, Leesburg, Ohio, 15 bass, 51-2, $95,000

2nd:         Ramie Colson Jr., Cadiz, Ky., 15 bass, 50-13, $20,500

3rd:          Walmart pro Mark Rose, West Memphis, Ark., 15 bass, 48-15, $14,500

4th:          Chris Miranda, Russellville, Ark., 15 bass, 48-9, $12,500

5th:          Travis Fox, Rogers, Ark., 14 bass, 48-8, $11,800

6th:          Daniel Kweekul, Bryant, Ark., 15 bass, 47-9, $9,250

7th:          Todd Schmitz, Goshen, Ind., 15 bass, 46-2, $8,000

8th:          Christopher Jones, Bokoshe, Okla., 15 bass, 43-8, $7,000

9th:          Jeff Ritter, Prairie du Chien, Wis., 14 bass, 40-14, $6,000

10th:        Kelly Readhimer, Beech Bluff, Tenn., 13 bass, 39-4, $4,500

Complete results will be posted at FLWFishing.com.

Sam Lashlee of Camden, Tennessee, caught the biggest bass of the tournament in the pro division Thursday – a largemouth weighing 8 pounds, 7 ounces to earn him the day’s Big Bass award of $300.

Steve Keller, Jr., of Bethel, Ohio, won the co-angler division and $28,250, including a Ranger Z117 with a 90-horsepower Evinrude or Mercury outboard motor, with a three-day total of 15 bass weighing 34 pounds, 7 ounces. 

The top 10 co-anglers on Kentucky Lake were:

1st:          Steve Keller Jr., Bethel, Ohio, 15 bass, 34-7, $28,250

2nd:         Frank Divis, Farmington, Ark., 13 bass, 33-9, $6,250

3rd:          Damian Dobrinich, Staunton, Ill., 11 bass, 31-5, $5,000

4th:          Scott Parsons, Bentonville, Ark., 11 bass, 30-3, $4,000

5th:          Gary Brookshear, Lavaca, Ark., 12 bass, 30-1, $3,500

6th:          Justin English, Owensboro, Ky., 10 bass, 28-6, $3,000

7th:          Dustin Roberts, Clarksville, Ark., 12 bass, 28-3, $2,500

8th:          Brandon Bridger, Jackson, Tenn., 12 bass, 27-6, $2,000

9th:          Carl Hemken, Walshville, Ill., seven bass, 26-13, $1,600

10th:        Clint Long, Raymore, Mo., 10 bass, 21-13, $1,350

Keith Newsom of Memphis, Tennessee, caught the biggest bass of the tournament in the co-angler division Friday weighing 9 pounds, 7 ounces to earn him the day’s Big Bass award of $200.


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