By JOE MOSBY
LOG CABIN CORRESPONDENT
Faulkner County anglers posted a notable doubleheader victory Sunday on the international bass fishing circuits.
Keith Williams of Conway captured the Walmart FLW Tour event in Kentucky and a $125,000 first price. Kevin Short of Mayflower won the BASS Elite Series competition on the Mississippi River at Fort Madison, Iowa, and brought home $100,000.
There is more.
Billy McCaghren of Mayflower came in third in the BASS event behind Short and won $20,000. Larry Nixon of Bee Branch was third in the FLW tournament behind Williams and won $40,000.
Williams said his first fish of the day, a 9-pound, 1-ounce largemouth, was the fish that sealed the victory on Kentucky and Barley lakes. He had 10 bass that totaled 42 pounds the final day.
"I knew right then I had a chance to win if I could just settle down and catch a decent limit," Williams said. "I'm not really sure what time I caught it. After I caught it, everything was just a blur. I made myself get off the trolling motor and slow way down, because I was shaking. I knew I was going to mess up if I started fishing too fast."
Williams said he focused on a grassy area with shell spots and rocky spots in a road bed that he said runs through Kentucky Lake for five or six miles. Williams said he alternated between a 10 1/2-inch plum-colored Zoom Ole Monster worm, a 3/4-ounce Strike King football-head jig and a Zoom Brush Hog fished on 20-pound Berkley Trilene Fluorocarbon line. His Texas-rigged worm rig consisted of a 5/16-ounce Tru-Tungsten weight and a 5/0 hook.
"Seventy percent of my fish came on the initial fall after I'd make a long cast," Williams said. "They were really boat shy."
Also in the top 10 were three other Arkansans -- Mark Rose of Marion, fourth, winning $30,000; Travis Fox of Springdale, fifth, winning $20,000; and Ron Shuffield of Bismarck, seventh, winning $18,000.
Short climbed from sixth place to first on the final day of the BASS tournament on the Mississippi River. He had five bass totaling 11 pounds, 13 ounces the last day. For the four-day tournament, Short had 43 pounds, 4 ounces.
Short said after the last weigh-in, "This week was like going back in time to when I first started tournament fishing. I just feel comfortable on river systems. There are certain anglers who know and understand rivers and will always be able to perform well there, and I consider myself one of those people."
The victory put Short in 10th place in BASS Angler of the year standings and in strong contention for a berth in the 2010 Bassmaster Classic.
McCaghren finished with 42-8 for the BASS tournament Two other Arkansans were behind him in the top 12. Stephen Browning of Hot Springs was fifth and won $14,000. Mike McClelland of Bella Vista was 12th and won $10,500.