Illinois bass angler Richard Morganthaler topped a record field of 1,200 anglers to win the 14th annual Berkley Big Bass event held Oct. 19-20 on Lake Fork. Morganthaler won the tournament will an 8.82-pounder caught on day two of the event. He took home a fully rigged Skeeter bass boat.
Morganthaler’s winning fish was one of only two bass over Fork’s 16- to 24-inch slot limit brought to the scales. The second was a 5.25-pounder caught by Clifton Jackson of Alba.
Stephen Crumpler of Bloomberg also won a Skeeter boat for reeling in the heaviest fish under the slot limit, a 2.98-pounder. The tournament paid 10 cash prizes each hour for two days. All but two of the hourly prizes were won by fish in the two-pound class.