Interview with James Marion
By Jerry Corbett
Marion of Tulsa, Okla., topped 161 Co-angler Division competitors
with a five-bass catch weighing 16 pounds, 9 ounces during the BFL
Ozark Division's May 10 tournament on Table Rock Lake.
OBF- How long have you been tournament fishing?
James- I have been fishing for about 10 years.
OBF- How many years have you been fishing the BFL as a co-angler?
James- I have been fishing the BFL for 3 yrs.
OBF- Do you have any plans of switching over to the angler side?
I have had thoughts about
switching, but to be competitive in other states it would take
additional travel and practice time. Right now I'm satisfied with
being a co-angler.
OBF- What is the biggest factor to take into consideration when you
are going to a new lake?
James- Water color and knowing all the different types of structure.
OBF- Being a co-angler in the BFL tourneys do you do much
James- Yes, in my home state I prefish all of the tournaments. In
the out of state tournaments, I don't have the time to travel and
OBF- How much time did you spend prefishing for the BFL?
James- I prefish 3-5 days over a 2 week period prior to each
OBF- When you are prefishing, do you
stick fish? Do you actually set the hook on them?
James- Yes, I stick fish up to about 3 or 4 days prior to a
tournament. After that, I shake them off.
OBF- What is your preferred style of
James- That's a big question. I prefer flippin and C' Riggin but the
way fishing is constantly changing with weather, lake levels and
other conditions beyond your control, you have to be able to fish
OBF- What is your favorite lake in
James- I have 2 or 3 favorite lakes but if I had to pick one lake
that I have had the most success at, I would say Grand Lake.
OBF- In this event you won with more
weight than the angler side weighed in, how did you do it?
James- Well, it was a very simple method. The weather was very
unstable with tornado watch out for the first three hours of the
tournament. We had very strong winds. We threw topwater baits all
OBF- What was the biggest thing that
you learned from this event?
James- With the high winds and possible storms around you, you had
to stay focused on fishing and not worry about the weather.
OBF- How much help did your angler
contribute to your success?
James- My angler helped me a lot.
OBF- What was your main lure choice
for the event?
I threw one bait all day. It was a Cotton Cordell Red-Fin.
OBF- What type of water and
conditions did you catch your fish in?
James- Like I said earlier, with the strong winds we fished main
lake points with very clear water and rough conditions.
OBF- What is your past experience on
Table Rock Lake?
James- This was my first trip to Table Rock.
OBF- What are your tournament
fishing plans for the future?
James- For the near future, I will be fishing BFL tournaments and
some local jackpots.
OBF- How many different divisions of
the BFL do you compete in?
James- This year I am fishing three different divisions.
OBF- How do you find time in your
schedule to prepare and compete with such a brutal schedule?
James- It's a full time job keeping
with all the different lakes and the types of tackle you have to
OBF- What kind of advice would you
share with someone that might be interested in competing in the BFL
James- If your talking about competing as a co-angler, I would say
do as much prefishing as your able to do. Listen to your boater and
fish what he leaves you.
OBF- Are you looking forward to the
two-day super tournament thatís going to be back on Table Rock?
James- Yes, but this will be totally different conditions this time
of the year. Things have changed a lot since May, as you know the
points are one and half times more than the regular tournaments, so
you have to be able to catch some fish to qualify for the regional.
We here at OklahomaBassFishing.com would like to personally thank
James Marion for taking the time to answer some questions regarding
the BFL tournament trail, the BFL event on Table Rock Lake and some
questions about bass fishing here in Oklahoma. Thanks Again!