Land of the Giants

Arbuckle Lake produces another record setting stringer in a bass tournament
by Ed Godfrey Modified: March 28, 2014 at 8:39 pm •  Published: March 30, 2014
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For two Lone Grove anglers, last Sunday was a day like no other.

Marco Valca and Doyle Idleman were fishing in a Future Bass Team Trail tournament on Lake of the Arbuckles and brought to the weigh-in the biggest five fish stringer ever caught in an Oklahoma bass tournament.

Fishing with Alabama Rigs and crankbaits, Valca and Idleman weighed in 42.71 pounds of fish, including two bass weighing more than 10 pounds. The fish were definitely biting at Arbuckle Lake on Sunday as only 14 boats were entered in the tournament, but those anglers caught six fish weighing 10 pounds or more, said Joe Copeland, tournament director.

“It just turned on all over the lake,” Valca said.

In January 2013, Arbuckle Lake produced a 42.04-pound five bass limit for former Elite Series pro angler Jeff Reynolds and his partner, Johnny Thompson, in a Backyard Bassin’ tournament. It was believed to be the best stringer ever produced in an Oklahoma bass tournament.

The next weekend, Valca and Idleman caught 41.96 pounds on Arbuckle in a Future Bass Trails tourney.

Now the same pair has caught Arbuckle’s third 40-plus pound sack in the past 15 months. Arbuckle has been producing big bass for several years now and doesn’t show any signs of slowing.


by Ed Godfrey
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Ed Godfrey was born in Muskogee and raised in Stigler. He has worked at The Oklahoman for 25 years. During that time, he has worked a myriad of beats for The Oklahoman including both the federal and county courthouse in Oklahoma City for more...
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