(AGFC) – Jonathon Swink, a 28-year-old resident of DeValls Bluff, is leaving
the Arkansas River with an extra $50,000, thanks to his day-one 6.63-lb.
largemouth bass from the Coal Pile area of the river, 10 miles north of
Dumas. Total anglers fishing during the 3-day tournament was 2,014
which was up over last year.
Swink said he had fished the Big Bass Bonanza only once before this year.
"I fished the Pine Bluff pool last year," Swink said, "but I have fished Coal Pile a couple of times in club tournaments."
When he launched the boat on Friday morning, he found a number of other contestants in Coal Pile.
"I went all the way to the back of Coal Pile," Swink said. "That's where I caught this fish."
Swink said the fish hit a pumpkinseed candy-colored jig with a pork chunk trailer.
much more prize money to go around after the top fish of the tournament
was named. Each angler claiming the top fish in their respective pool
also claimed a cool $10,000.
Winners of the other four pools were:
- Martin Arnold, Alma (4.97) – Fort Smith pool
- Larry Gentry, Clarksville (6.05)– Dardanelle/Russellville pool
- Matthew Hamby, Little Rock (6.34)– North Little Rock/Little Rock pool
- Clinton Chandler, Lewisville (5.64) – Pine Bluff pool
successful angler was Matthew Hamby of Little Rock. His 6.34-lb. bass
brought in Friday was the top fish in the Little Rock pool as well as
the Willow Leaf Award of $1,000. This award goes to the top parent-child
or grand-parent-grandchild team.
were guaranteed prizes for the second, third and fourth place finishers
in each pool. Bonus money and hourly payout for the top three fish
weighed in at each weigh-in station each hour of the tournament totaled
$101,700. In all, more than $200,000 was divvied up among anglers
fishing the tournament.
Game and Fish Commission again invited Arkansas Big Bass Bonanza
participants to help stock more than 100,000 largemouth bass fingerlings
in the Arkansas River during the statewide bass tournament.
tournament is the result of a 14-year partnership with the Arkansas
Hospitality Association and the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission. This
tournament spans more than 300 miles of eligible fishing waters on the
Arkansas River inside the state's borders. The grand prize and other
cash awards will be presented during Sunday's award ceremony, at 4 p.m.
at the Downtown Riverside RV Park in North Little Rock.