April 11 – Garfield, AR Local Event

The perfect 72 degree day in the beautiful Ozark mountains set the scene for some unique tournament results. Anglers found the fishing to be tougher today than in the week prior, due to a small cold front. However, many smallmouth bass, OMTC_Logo2largemouth bass, and spotted bass were still caught by these talented river bassers.

16493477903_5918865bf7_zThe host dealer for this local event was Ozark Mountain Trading Company. OMTC is a premier kayak and kayak fishing dealer servicing the Ozark Mountain areas with three locations – Ozark, MO; Garfield, AR; Cotter, AR. Drew Gregory, the tournament founder, Jackson Kayak fishing guru and host of the new Hooked on Wild Waters show was there to MC the event and award the prizes to the winners on the River Bassin Results Show stage.

Even though conditions were tough, one young river basser, Brayden Richardson, was able to land enough bass to win the Buck Knives Young Bucks Youth Division.


bigfishgarfieldIn the Jackson Kayak team division, Ben Morton and Cody Green of team River Richards, took first place with a solid total of 102 inches.

17113577175_25907179fd_zIn the Orion Coolers individual division, Ben Morton took home first place with a total of 56.00 inches! His biggest catch of the day was a healthy largemouth that came in at a whopping 23.25 inches. This also landed him Big Bass for the tournament. On stage Gregory asked Ben about his tactics and he willing shared with the crowd that he caught most of his fish on a 1/2 spinnerbait around sloughs. In second place was Charlie Bond with a hard-earned total of 52.50 inches, and taking home third place was Jeff Malott with a respectable total of 49.75 inches.

For full tournament results click here.


(From left to right) Charlie Bond (2nd), Ben Morton (1st), and Jeff Malott (3rd).

17087605976_9253f48594_zAt this point, I’m sure you’ve noticed the name Ben Morton has appeared more than once. This guy definitely had a touch of luck on his side today. As if winning the Big Bass prize, first place in the Orion Coolers Individual Division, and first place in the Jackson Kayak Team Division wasn’t enough, Morton also won a brand new Jackson Kayak Coosa in the raffle, benefitting Paddle4Tomorrow!!

The non-profit organization of Paddle4Tomorrow (P4T) works to expose people to paddle sports who may not get the opportunity otherwise. For more information on P4T, please visit Paddle4Tomorrow.org.

Thank you so much to all that made it out to the event, and an even bigger thank you to Ozark Mountain Trading Company for hosting this event. We look forward to returning to breathtaking Garfield, Arkansas in the future and hope to see you at an upcoming River Bassin Event!

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