XFL – Extreme Fishing League

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XFL – Extreme Fishing League - Oklahoma's #1 Team Tournament Trail

Southern Division – Event #2 Arkansas River

Muskogee, OK – The XFL Extreme Fishing League held its 2nd event of the Southern Division (and 4th overall) on the Arkansas River out of 3 Forks Landing in Muskogee, OK.  After an “arctic like April”, the anglers were finally given a great weather day of fishing. Temps started out in the low 60s, warmed to the mid 80s and light winds.  What a welcome change it was from having to fish in frigid temperatures, gale force winds and heavy layers of clothing more akin to duck hunting than bass fishing.  Despite the great weather, fishing, to be brutally honest, sucked!! 138 teams entered this event, 42 limits were weighed and only 66 teams managed to weigh a fish. Pre tournament reports indicated a very tough bite on “The Ditch” with weights in the 16 lb. range being needed to win other tournaments.  Theories abounded as to why the bite was so tough.  Were the fish in a post spawn funk, was it due to fishing pressure, recent heavy rains or was it a combination of all these factors?  Whatever the reason, fishing wasn’t very good.  The prediction of 16lb +/- winning stringers turned out to be true with the winning team of Terry and Terry Butcher bringing in a 5 fish limit weighing 15.62 lbs.  The Butchers took home $15,000 for their winning stringer.  2nd place and $5,000 went to the team of Greg Cecil and Rick Manning with 15.15 lbs.  Greg and Rick added $3,000 in Skeeter Customer Appreciation Bonus Money to their take-home pay by being the highest finisher in a qualifying Skeeter Boat.  3rd. Place went to the team of Travis Carpenter and Mitch Baskett with 14.93 lbs.  Travis and Mitch took home a total of $2565 which included $500 in Skeeter Customer Appreciation Bonus Money.  Big Bass of the event was weighed by the team of Eric Poindexter and Paul Muzljakovich with a 4.82lb fish worth $1000.  Total entry fees collected were $27,600, total payout was $41,605 yielding a 151% payout. Congratulations to these teams and all the teams that cashed a check on a very tough fishery.  I spoke with “young” Terry Butcher and he offered some details on how they went about catching the winning stringer.

Unlike many teams, the Butchers caught a lot of bass throughout the day.  They keyed on rock, wood, shade and shad with rock and shad being the most important.  Terry indicated there was a shad spawn going on and that was a major factor in their success. They ran many spots throughout the day looking for the key ingredients to their pattern.  They used 3/8 or 1/2 Booyah Spinnerbaits and Strike King 1.5 square bills to catch their fish with all of the weigh fish coming on the spinnerbaits. I actually ran into the Butchers at the very last minutes of our fishing time and Terry indicated he had “around 16 lbs”.  When we told him that was likely a really good sack, he and Mr. Terry didn’t seem to think it would be enough to win.  Sometimes when you win a tournament is when you least expect it.  Terry wanted to thank BassCat boats and Mercury motors for their long-time support.  Congratulations to Terry and Terry on their hard-earned win.

As a reminder, to qualify for the Championship a team has to fish 3 events in any combination of North and South Divisions.  If you are planning to fish the Championship and don’t have your 3 tournaments yet, then you have Texoma on June 24th and Ft. Gibson on July 8th.   We look forward to seeing everyone at the next event.

See you on the water,

Capt. Rob




Three Forks Harbor

Our second event in the South division will be this Sunday May 6th out of Three Forks Harbor in Muskogee. We will be on site Saturday from noon until 6 PM taking entries. All of the pools will be in play for this event…the only off limits will be the Harbor itself (see map on web site). Boat check again, will be done as you idle by at take off. Please have your live wells open and your light in and on as you come by.

Grand Lake April 22, 2018

Grove, OK – The XFL Extreme Fishing League entered the half-way point of the season with it’s 3rd tournament held on Grand Lake O’ the Cherokees.  After what seemed like a never-ending cycle of gale force winds and cold temperatures that had plagued our region since the first part of March, the anglers were FINALLY given a half-way decent weekend to fish.  Rain moved into the area on Saturday night but let up enough at take-off on Sunday morning to allow the 133 teams to get to their starting spots in relative comfort.  Light rain off and on all day made things a bit damp, but the temps were in the low 60s and the wind didn’t blow 40 mph making for a comfortable day of fishing.
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Grand Lake

We will be set up to take entries at the ramp beginning at Noon on Saturday. Due to the rain, we will be using the meeting room in the pavilion just next to the restrooms. Look for the weigh trailer that will be parked in front of the overhead door at the pavilion.

Take off on Sunday will be a single file drive by take off starting at approximately 6:35 AM. We will not be doing live well checks as you launch. We will check your live wells as you idle by us at take-off.

Simply idle by us as we call your number, with your live well lids open, and your running lights on. Then idle out to the no wake buoy and take off. Boat check in the afternoon will be at the no wake buoy.