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."