LITTLE ROCK — A 6.98-pound bass was profitable for Conway’s Steve Scherrey.
Scherrey took home the big prize this year in the Big Bass Bonanza with a 6.98-pound bass he caught Saturday in the Dumas pool.
It lifted him over one-day leader William Fitzgerald’s 6.87 pound-fish in the Dardanelle pool.
Scherrey is taking home $50,000 for his efforts. He beat out 2,277 other anglers to win the grand prize. This is his second time to take home the overall prize. In 2000, he won with a 6.76.
Scherrey was fishing with Jim Langley of Conway. He caught the winning bass while fishing with a buzz bait.
He said he will be splitting the money with his partner.
Scherrey said he would use the money for a family vacation with his kids and grandkids as well as pay bills and work on his boat.
Scherrey said, "I appreciate everyone involved.
"The Big Bass Bonanza is absolutely the best tournament for the average fisherman. It is very well run. I am a big proponent of the tournament.
"It pulls people in from outside the state."
First-place winners in each of the other pools winning $10,000 each are:
William Fitzgerald, Greenbrier (6.87) – Dardanelle pool
David May, Little Rock (6.85) – North Little Rock pool
Karry Dedmon, Huntington (5.69) – Fort Smith pool
Jason Hamilton, Star City (5.63) – Pine Bluff pool
Guaranteed place money for each of the five pools is $900 to 2nd place, $700 to 3rd place and $400 to 4th place to the winners, in each of the five pools. The winners of those are:
Pool 1 – Fort Smith
2nd David Buck, Ozark 5.55
3rd Bill Raggio, Charleston 5.20
4th Charles Dickerson, Ozark 5.10
Pool 2 – Dardanelle
2nd Randy Osborn, Russellville 6.67
3rd Gary Ledford, Clarksville 6.44
4th David Summers, Mount Ida 6.43
Pool 3 – North Little Rock
2nd Jimmy Terry, Little Rock 6.02
3rd Mitchell Hope, Little Rock 5.59
4th James Dial, Bryant 5.35
Pool 4 – Pine Bluff
2nd Terry Stewart, Greenbrier 5.13
3rd Brian Pennington, White Hall 4.89
4th Ronnie Hackney, Star City 4.71
Pool 5 – Dumas
2nd John "Steve"Burton, Monticello 6.65
3rd Johnny Walker, Lake Village 6.64
4th Jacky Brown, Marion 6.12
A total of $234,200 in prize money was awarded, and the hourly payouts were $650 for 1st Place, $400 for 2nd Place and $300 for 3rd Place.
If the hourly winners purchased and were wearing a Big Bass Bonanza T-shirt and cap, they received an extra $100 in bonus money.