Arkansas’ Houchin goes wire-to-wire, wins Costa FLW Series Central Division opener on Lake Dardanelle | Walleye Fishing
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Arkansas’ Houchin goes wire-to-wire, wins Costa FLW Series Central Division opener on Lake Dardanelle

Published By  OutdoorsFIRST Media
Published April 2, 2017

Arkansas angler Quincy Houchin of Mabelvale, weighed a five-bass limit totaling 11 pounds, 7 ounces Saturday to lead wire-to-wire and win the Costa FLW Series Central Division opener on Lake Dardanelle presented by T-H Marine. Houchin's three-day total of 15 bass weighing 45 pounds, 4 ounces, was enough to earn him the win by an 11-ounce margin and a check for $50,200.

"I was really nervous today when I was only bringing 11 pounds to the scale, but I knew that it was pretty tough out there for everybody," said Houchin, a 10-year Bass Fishing League (BFL) veteran who was fishing in his first career FLW Series event. "Midday I lost a 5-pounder right at the boat and I thought that I had just lost $50,000. To get the win, today, in my first Costa event - I am blessed."

Houchin said that he caught his fish this week fishing a backwater area in the mid- to upper-end of the lake. He said it was a ¾-mile long stretch full of wood and timber that was 4 to 8 feet at its deepest point, but he fished it as shallow as 2 feet.

"I was catching 8 to 10 keepers a day out of there," Houchin said. "There wasn't a lot of fish, but the ones that I was catching there were quality."

Houchin said that of the 15 bass that he weighed in throughout the week, one came on a natural-green-colored Spro Bronzeye frog, two came on a black moss-colored Lucky Craft 2.5 crankbait and the rest came flipping a Texas-rigged green-pumpkin and red-colored Reaction Innovations Sweet Beaver.

"The key for me was finding that backwater where no one else was fishing," Houchin said. "There is a huge sandbar you have to cross to get back there, and most of the time you can't. But, I checked it in practice and the water was ankle deep, so I was able to work my way back in there. I don't know if anyone else had tried, but I was the only boat in there all week."

The top 10 pros on Lake Dardanelle were:

1st:           Quincy Houchin, Mabelvale, Ark., 15 bass, 45-4, $50,200

2nd:          Tom Silber, Labadie, Mo., 15 bass, 44-9, $20,600

3rd:          Joey Cifuentes, Clinton, Ark., 15 bass, 43-13, $14,500

4th:           Josh Ray, Alexander, Ark., 15 bass, 43-8, $12,500

5th:           Zach King, Clarksville, Ark., 15 bass, 42-1, $11,500

6th:           Evan Barnes, Hot Springs, Ark., 15 bass, 40-8, $9,250

7th:           Garrett Paquette, Canton, Mich., 14 bass, 39-1, $8,000

8th:           Shannon Pierce, Pine Bluff, Ark., 15 bass, 38-15, $7,000

9th:           Cole Floyd, Leesburg, Ohio, 15 bass, 38-15, $6,000

10th:        Brandon Lee, Ratcliff, Ark., 10 bass, 31-4, $4,500

A complete list of results can be found at FLWFishing.com.