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Eldridge and Burkett Win in Double Header on Eufaula


It was a double-header for bass anglers this past weekend in Eufaula with the Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine on Eufaula Lake events. FLW, the world’s largest tournament-fishing organization, rescheduled the events after the coronavirus pandemic forced the organization to pause competition in mid-March.

“I had boat issues, so I only was able to run 3 or 4 miles from takeoff,” said Eldridge, who earned his first BFL victory as a boater. “There was no wind, but there was a lot of boat traffic, so I found some current near some rip rap on bridges and that turned out to be the key area.”

Eldridge said the majority of his bass came on a shaky-head rig with a junebug-colored GrandeBass Airtail worm, but he also added a solid keeper on a shad-colored Bomber crankbait.

The top five boaters on Saturday were:
1st: Heath Eldridge of McAlester, Okla., five bass, 18-1, $5,380
2nd: Brandon Mosley of Choctaw, Okla., five bass, 16-13, $2,690
3rd: Jeremy Whitson of Denison, Texas, five bass, 16-7, $1,794
4th: Nick Kincaid of Coweta, Okla., five bass, 15-5, $1,255
5th: Mark Johnson of Weleetka, Okla., five bass, 15-1, $1,031
5th: Samuel Byrd of Tahlequah, Okla., five bass, 15-1, $1,031
Complete results for Saturday can be found at

Cory Carter of Muskogee, Oklahoma, brought a 5-pound, 11-ounce bass to the scale to win Saturday’s Boater Big Bass award of $855.
Justin Lillie of Edmond, Oklahoma, was the highest-finishing FLW PHOENIX BONUS member and took home an extra $500.


Boaters are eligible to win up to an extra $7,000 per event in each Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine tournament if all requirements are met. More information on the FLW PHOENIX BONUS contingency program can be found at

Chad Schmidt of Clearwater, Kansas, won the Co-angler Division and $2,690 Saturday after catching five bass weighing 13 pounds, 15 ounces.

The top five co-anglers Saturday finished as follows:

1st: Chad Schmidt of Clearwater, Kan., five bass, 13-15, $2,690
2nd: Billy Johnson of McAlester, Okla., five bass, 12-11, $1,345
3rd: Randy Staton of Muskogee, Okla., five bass, 12-10, $899
4th: Eli Brumnett of Wagoner, Okla., five bass, 12-9, $628
5th: Bill Black of McAlester, Okla., five bass, 12-3, $538

Danny Kindle of Stilwell, Oklahoma, caught the largest bass in the Co-angler Division Saturday, weighing in at 4 pounds, 8 ounces. The catch earned him the day’s Co-angler Big Bass award of $427.

Due to the extreme heat on Sunday, Tournament Director Robert Evans made the decision to change the format to a three-fish limit – instead of the normal five – and opened the scales at noon for anyone that wanted to weigh their fish early.

Hayden Burkett took advantage of Evans change, bringing in three bass – including the day’s big bass – right at noon and earning the win.

“I was mainly cranking them a little bit, but I also had a little dock pattern going,” said Burkett. “Everywhere I went today, I was catching them. I caught a big one out deep, and I caught a big one fishing docks.”

Burkett mentioned his crankbait of choice was a Sexy Shad-colored Strike King Series 6, but did not divulge the baits that he used on the docks.

The top five boaters on Sunday were:
1st: Hayden Burkett of Bokchito, Okla., three bass, 15-8, $5,779
2nd: Jeremy Whitson of Denison, Texas, three bass, 15-4, $2,507
3rd: James Marsh of Thomas, Okla., three bass, 12-1, $1,670
4th: Lance Williams of Billings, Mo., three bass, 11-1, $1,170
5th: Dane Coale of Norman, Okla., three bass, 10-13, $1,003
Complete results for Sunday’s event on Dale Hollow can be found at

Burkett brought a 7-pound, 13-ounce lunker to the scale Sunday to add to his winnings and earn the day’s Boater Big Bass award of $765.
Steve Bradfield of Claremore, Oklahoma, won the Co-angler Division and $2,474 Sunday after catching three bass weighing 8 pounds, 13 ounces.

The top five co-anglers Sunday finished as follows:
1st: Steve Bradfield of Claremore, Okla., three bass, 8-13, $2,474
2nd: Dalton Ross of Centerton, Ark., three bass, 8-9, $1,237
3rd: Raymond Moody of Norman, Okla., three bass, 8-7, $824
4th: Cody Abbott of Fort Gibson, Okla., three bass, 8-2, $536
4th: Hunter Alsip of Chouteau, Okla., three bass, 8-2, $536

Michael Wood of Guthrie, Oklahoma caught Sunday’s largest bass in the Co-angler Division, weighing in at 5 pounds, 1 ounce. The catch earned him the day’s Co-angler Big Bass award of $377.

Courtesy Photo - FLW Fishing


Tom Behrens has over 50 years experience in fishing and hunting across the United States. Much of this time was spent in Oklahoma and Texas where he became very familiar with the outdoor opportunities in these states. You may contact him by email at:

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