East Clinton graduate Cole Floyd won his first Fishing League Worldwide professional event last weekend.
Floyd won the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League LBL Division tournament on Kentucky and Barkley lakes Sunday with a two-day catch of 10 bass weighing 40 pounds, 10 ounces. Floyd earned $5,504 for the win.
According to the FLW website, Floyd said, “I fished near Paris and worked through 15 different areas with bars and flats. Some of them had stumps and wood mixed in, and I got a couple of bites at each. When I got bit, they were the right kind of fish.”
Floyd said he caught 90 to 95 percent of his fish throwing a bone-colored Evergreen SB 125, according to a report on the website. He said he put 15 keepers in the boat each day, and that they came from 1 to 2 feet of water.
“I feel like a lot of the field did the same thing out there,” says Floyd in a report at flwfishing.com. “They fished flats and big bass areas, but didn’t know where their next bite would come from. I put down my Power-Poles and fished small stretches – some were even as small as 20 by 20 feet. If I didn’t get a bite, I moved on and could usually get something going. I didn’t waste much time looking for them.”
Floyd is a junior at Bethel University in Tennessee. He is a member of the school’s bass fishing team.
In August, Floyd lost in the semifinal round of the Bassmasters College Classic Bracket. In the Bassmasters National College Championship in Minnesota in August, Floyd and his partner Carter McNeal were national runnersup.