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Beneteau wins co-angler title
 
PROSPERITY, S.C. (Feb. 16, 2015) – Kyle Giella of Columbia, South Carolina, weighed a five-bass limit totaling 25 pounds, 8 ounces Saturday to win the first Walmart Bass Fishing League South Carolina Division tournament of 2015 on Lake Murray. For his victory, King earned $5,514.
 
“It’s a great feeling to win a tournament like this,” said Giella, who earned his first victory in FLW competition. “I had a lot of fun fishing out there.”
 
Giella spent his day on the south end of the lake fishing shallow docks and throwing up to the crayfish-filled banks. Using a Crawdad-colored Rapala Shad Rap, Giella boated his first two keepers around 9 a.m.
 
“The fish will pull up underneath those floating docks this time of year when it’s warm,” said Giella. “I don’t think I caught anything in more than six or seven feet of water.”
 
After exploring other spots in the same area, Giella returned to the docks. He switched his bait to an umbrella rig rigged with watermelon pearl-colored Berkeley Havoc Subwoofers. The tactic proved successful as Giella netted three more bass before noon to seal the deal.
 
“This is the biggest five-bass limit I’ve ever weighed,” Giella said.
 
Roy Beneteau of Swainsboro, Georgia, weighed in a five-bass limit totaling 13 pounds, 11 ounces Saturday to win $1,757 in the co-angler division.
 
The top 50 boaters and 50 co-anglers based on point standings will qualify for the Oct. 8-10 Regional Championship on Lake Sinclair in Milledgeville, Georgia. Boaters will compete for a top award of a Ranger Z518C with a 200-horsepower Evinrude or Mercury outboard and $20,000, while co-anglers will fish for a new Ranger Z518C with a 200-horsepower Evinrude or Mercury outboard.
 
The BFL is a 24-division circuit devoted to weekend anglers, with 120 tournaments throughout the season, five in each division. The top 50 boaters and co-anglers from each division qualify for a regional tournament and compete to finish in the top six, which then qualifies them for one of the longest-running championships in all of competitive bass fishing – the Walmart BFL All-American. Top winners in the BFL can move up to the Rayovac FLW Series or even the Walmart FLW Tour.

courtesy of FLW Outdoors.

 
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Thompson wins co-angler title
 
PALATKA, Fla. (Oct. 6, 2014) – Robert Crosnoe of Inverness, Florida, weighed a three-day total of 14 bass totaling 47 pounds, 6 ounces to win the Walmart Bass Fishing League Regional Championship on the St. Johns River Saturday. For his victory, Crosnoe took home a Ranger Z518C with a 200-horsepower Evinrude or Mercury outboard and a Chevy 1500 Silverado as well as entry into the 2015 BFL All-American presented by Chevy. This regional tournament featured the top 40 boaters and 40 co-anglers from each of the Bama, Bulldog, Choo Choo and Gator divisions.
 
Crosnoe spent all of his practice time over 50 miles south of Palatka, fishing in Lake Dexter and Lake Woodruff, and made a breakthrough just before the tournament when he discovered a horde of fish in some recently-sprayed hyacinth mats in Dexter.
 
“Most of the mats were around 3 feet deep,” said Crosnoe. “There was some sort of viny, green plant, and where that was mixed in with the dead hyacinths is where I would get most of my bites. Practice was unbelievable. I went through that area and got 25 bites and set the hook twice and caught a 7-pounder and a 4-pounder.
 
“The Wednesday before the tournament, the St. Johns rose to flood stage and the state made a big stretch of river an idle zone,” Crosnoe detailed. “It took me an hour and a half to get to my spot. Once I got there, I was just flipping and punching heavy mats with a 1½-ounce weight.”
 
Crosnoe boxed 18-12 on day one, but lost a fish he estimated to be 7-pounds on the second day and failed to catch a five-bass limit.
 
“The third day I had no choice but to go back,” said Crosnoe. “I knew in my heart that the fish were there. I told my co-angler while we were in the idle zone that I could bust a 28-pound bag. In the first hour I caught a 9-pounder and two 4-pounders. Then I went and fished some new water, just like it was a practice day. I found one stretch that had a lot of bream and I caught another 4-pounder and lost one that looked like it was 8 or 9 pounds. Fortunately, I’d already caught enough to win.
 
“I made the right decisions, it was awesome and it feels great to get the win,” said Crosnoe, whose 22-pound, 14-ounce catch on the final day vaulted him from 10th to first.
 
Crosnoe said that he flipped a Hematoma-colored Reaction Innovations Kinky Beaver the entire time, and left the ramp on day three with just one rod on deck.
 
Ernie Thompson of Anthony, Florida, won the co-angler division with a three-day total of 14 bass totaling 34 pounds, 6 ounces. For his efforts, Thompson took home a Ranger Z518 with a 200-horsepower Evinrude or Mercury outboard along with a berth in the 2015 BFL All-American tournament.
 
Courtesy of FLW Outdoors.

 
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Annual Trek To Feature Concert By Rodney Atkins
 
ROGERS, Ark. (March 28, 2014) – The fourth event in the 19th season of the major leagues of professional bass-fishing, the Walmart FLW Tour, kicks off April 10-13 with the Walmart FLW Tour at Beaver Lake presented by Rayovac. Hosted by the Rogers Convention and Visitors Bureau, the tournament will feature a full field of the world’s best bass-fishing pros and co-anglers casting for top awards of up to $125,000 cash in the pro division and up to $25,000 cash in the co-angler division.
 
     “I always look forward to going back to Beaver Lake,” said Walmart pro Mark Rose of West Memphis, Ark., an eight-time Forrest Wood Cup qualifier. “This tournament is going to be very different than our past few visits.”
 
     The differences that Rose speaks of include the delayed bass spawn, and a rule change implemented by FLW in 2014 that bans the use of umbrella rigs on the FLW Tour.
 
     “It’s been a really cold winter and in past seasons the fish would already be spawning,” Rose said. “The lake is so far behind right now that I’m predicting that this event will be a pre-spawn tournament.
 
     “Not being able to throw an umbrella rig is definitely going to be a factor in this tournament,” Rose continued. “That bait and that profile really seems to catch the upper-class fish that are in Beaver Lake. It really showed off the quality of fish that live there. But, with the new rules, I think we may see a return to the days where catching 10 pounds is a pretty good day.”
 
     Normal Beaver Lake pre-spawn tactics are expected to be employed by the tournament anglers. Jigs, jerkbaits, spinnerbaits, Storm Wiggle Warts, swimbaits and shaky-head rigs are all expected to be popular baits thrown.
 
     In FLW Tour competition, anglers are also vying for valuable points in hopes of qualifying for the 2014 Forrest Wood Cup, the world championship of bass fishing. The 2014 Forrest Wood Cup will be in Columbia, S.C., Aug. 14-17 on Lake Murray and is hosted by Capital City Lake Murray Country. Anglers could win as much as $500,000 – professional bass-fishing’s richest prize.
 
     Anglers will take off from Prairie Creek Park Marina located at 9300 N. Park Road in Rogers at 7 a.m. each day of competition. Thursday and Friday’s weigh-ins will be held at Prairie Creek Park beginning at 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday’s final weigh-ins will be held at the John Q. Hammons Center located at 3303 Pinnacle Hills Parkway in Rogers beginning at 4 p.m.
 
                                                         Courtesy of FLWOutdoors.com

 
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WHAT: The 2014 Walmart BFL season begins on Saturday, Jan., 4. The Gator division will make FLW’s first visit of the year to Lake Okeechobee. Up to 400 boaters and co-anglers will be competing in each event for top awards up to $8,000 and $3,000 respectively. WHEN: Saturday, Jan. 4, 2013 WHERE: Gator Division Lake Okeechobee Roland & Mary Ann Martin’s Marina 920 E. Del Monte Ave. Clewiston, Fla. NOTES: The bass fishing on Lake Okeechobee is expected to be excellent. With good weather anglers will likely find the bass very cooperative, and big limits will be brought to the scales. If the weather holds out, fishermen will be able to catch fish by sight-fishing, flipping plastics and jigs in mats and reeds and throwing moving baits like the Gambler Big EZ and ChatterBaits in the grass. If a cold front comes to town, the competitors will face a tough challenge, and punching big weights into thick cover will likely produce the winning weight. The winner is expected to bring a five-fish limit weighing about 25 pounds to the scales. The BFL is a 24-division circuit devoted to weekend anglers, with 120 tournaments throughout the season, five in each division. The top 40 boaters and co-anglers from each division qualify for a regional tournament and are competing to finish in the top six, which then qualifies them for one of the longest- running championships in all of competitive bass fishing – the Walmart BFL All-American presented by Chevy. Top winners in the BFL can move up to the EverStart Series or even the Walmart FLW Tour. For regular updates, photos, tournament news and more, follow the BFL on Facebook at Facebook.com/FLWFishing and on Twitter at Twitter.com/FLWOutdoors. ABOUT FLW FLW is the industry’s premier tournament-fishing organization, providing anglers of all skill levels the opportunity to compete for millions in prize money nationwide in 2014 over the course of 229 tournaments across five tournament circuits, four of which provide an avenue to the sport’s richest payday and most coveted championship trophy – the Forrest Wood Cup. FLW tournament fishing can be seen on the Emmy-nominated “FLW" television show and is broadcast to more than 564 million households worldwide, making it the most widely distributed weekly outdoors-sports television show in the world. FLW is committed to providing a lifestyle experience that is the “Best in Fishing, On and Off the Water.” For more information about FLW visit FLWOutdoors.com and look for FLW on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and YouTube. Courtesy of FLWOutdoors.com

 
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BREWERTON, N.Y. (July 15, 2013) – Jason Shipton of Muncy, Pa., weighed a five-bass limit totaling 16 pounds, 15 ounces Saturday to win the Walmart Bass Fishing League Northeast Division event on Oneida Lake. For his victory, Shipton earned $4,155.

 
Boater Jason Shipton of Muncy, Pa., won the July 13 Walmart BFL Northeast Division event on Oneida Lake with a total catch of 16 pounds, 15 ounces. Shipton took home over $4,150 in winnings after capturing the tournament title.
     In his first BFL win as a boater, Shipton ran the length of a rough Oneida Lake for the winning limit of four smallmouth and one largemouth.
 
     “It was windy in the morning, so I started by the islands on the west end,” Shipton said. “We weren’t catching any, though, so I figured we needed to go fish where I’d found them in practice.” So, the Muncy, Pa., pro picked up and ran more than an hour through rough water to the east end of the lake.
 
     Once there, Shipton targeted boulders in the grass in 12 feet of water. He credits his Sneaky Hollow Baits Tubes and Tarantulas with the success. “There were other boats there, but I was the only one catching them. I probably caught 25 smallmouth.”
 
         
     Sal Messina of Waterbury, Conn., weighed a five-bass limit totaling 14 pounds, 11 ounces Saturday to win $2,078 in the co-angler division.
 
       
      The next BFL Northeast Division tournament is scheduled for Aug. 3 on Lake Champlain in Plattsburgh, N.Y. After the last divisional tournament is complete, the top 40 boaters and 40 co-anglers based on point standings will qualify for the Oct. 3-5 Regional Championship on the Chesapeake Bay in North East Maryland. Boaters will compete for a top award of a Ranger Z518 with a 200-horsepower Evinrude or Mercury outboard and a Chevy Silverado, while co-anglers will fish for a new Ranger Z518 with a 200-horsepower Evinrude or Mercury outboard.
 
     The BFL is a 24-division circuit devoted to weekend anglers, with 120 tournaments throughout the season, five in each division. The top 40 boaters and co-anglers from each division qualify for a regional tournament and compete to finish in the top six, which then qualifies them for one of the longest-running championships in all of competitive bass fishing – the Walmart BFL All-American presented by Chevy. 
 
 
 Courtesy of FLWOutdoors.com