, Muskogee, OK

September 22, 2013

Bokoshe angler captures Bassmaster Central Open

By Mike Moguin
Phoenix Correspondent

— TULSA – Chris Jones of Bokoshe knew he had the BPS Bassmasters Central Open won when he made a catch in the final day of the event Saturday at the Arkansas River.

“We went to two or three places where I just caught a big one before, and I went specifically looking for a big fish,“ Jones said. “We pulled up there and just caught it. We had some celebrations in the boat. Let’s say that.”

Jones won the Pro-Angler Championship by finishing with catches of 15 fish for 40 pounds and one ounce for the tournament. He was declared winner after weigh-in at the Bass Pro Shops in Broken Arrow.

Jones totaled 13-7 on Saturday. He edged out another Oklahoman, Terry Butcher of Talaha, who finished with 39 pounds.

The water levels in the Arkansas River also were a big help.

“They actually dropped today,” Jones said. “It helped me. Everything I caught was off wood. It was off the main bank. It was actually 10-20 feet off the bank. It was pretty easy. After I figured out what they were doing, I could look what I was looking for.”

Jones used a Z8 nitro boat for the tournament.

“It was sponsored by Bass Pros,” Jones said. “It’s a great boat. All of them are the best products that they are.”

After winning the tournament, he was doused by bottles of champaign from friends and supporters.

“It felt pretty good actually,” Jones said. “I was getting hot.”

Mark Goines of Shady Point, who was the leader going into Saturday’s round, dropped to eighth place.

Other Oklahoman in the Pro-Anglers championship who competed in the top 12 were Jason Christie of Park Hill (sixth, 35-4), Dale Hightower of Mannford (10th, 25-14) and Joel Baker of Talala (11th, 25-4.

David Padgett of Republican City, Neb. won the Co-Angler Championship with eight fish caught for 20-10. He got three fish for 6-7 in the last round, moving up from third place, where he stood through Day 2 on Friday.

Sooner participants rounded out the top five in the Co-Anglers field. Wagoner’s Nick Muzljakovich (20-5) and Clayton Coppin (10-15) finished runner-up and fifth, respectively. In between them were Bill Bean of Eufaula (third, 19-7) and John Thomas of Hulbert (fourth, 18-14).

Fort Gibson’s Randy Morris finished in 12th spot (10-12).

Bass Pro Shops Central Open

Arkansas River




1. Chris M Jones    40-1

2. Terry Butcher    39-0

3. Trevor Romans    37-15

4. Stetson Blaylock    37-0

5. Brock Mosley    36-15

6. Jason Christie, Park Hill    35-04

7. Brett Hite    32-13

8. Mark Goines    35-4

9. E.P. Fletcher    28-15

10. Dale Hightower    25-14

11. Joel Baker    25-4

12. Roy Sanford    24-1


1. David Padgett    20-10

2. Nick Muzljakovich, Wagoner    20-5

3. Bill Bean, Eufaula    19-7

4. John Thomas, Hulbert    18-14

5. Clayton Coppin, Wagoner    10-15

6. Steven Gloden    14-11

7. Kenneth Moser    12-13

8. John M Roberson    12-5

9. Christian Baires    12-00

10. Scott Bunday    11-09

11. Daniel Vasquez    11-09

12. Randy Morris, Fort Gibson    10-12