Walmart Bass Fishing League - Mountain
CUMBERLAND (Sept. 22-23, 2001)
SOMERSET, Ky. — H. C. Sumpter of Nancy, Ky., topped 87 competitors on Lake Cumberland this weekend with two bass weighing 5 pounds, 8 ounces to win $5,947 and 400 points on the boater side of the Wal-Mart Bass Fishing League (BFL) Mountain Division season finale.
After qualifying for the final round of the two-day Super Tournament in third place with an opening day catch of four bass weighing 8 pounds, 5 ounces, Sumpter out fished runner up Tony Wilson of Barbourville, Ky., by 1 ounce to take the win.
Wilson qualified for the final round in sixth place with two bass weighing 6 pounds, 13 ounces and finished up with a final round catch weighing 5 pounds, 7 ounces to win $2,974. He also earned a $500 bonus from Ranger Boats as the highest finishing participant in the Ranger Cup incentive program.
Joby Gossett of Nancy, Ky., took third place and collected $1,487 with 4 pounds, 7 ounces. Johnny Crase of Lexington, Ky., placed fourth and earned $1,289 with 3 pounds, 2 ounces, while Keith Sickler of Cincinnati, Ohio, placed fifth and earned $1,190 with 2 pounds, 11 ounces.
David Upchurch of Columbia, Ky., won the boater Big Bass Award and collected $870 with a 5-pound, 11-ounce bass on opening day.
First place in the Co-Angler Division and $2,908 went to Jeff Sandusky of Richmond, Ky., who topped 83 competitors with a final round catch of one bass weighing 6 pounds, 2 ounces. Second place in the division and $1,454 went to Larry Marcum of Campbellsville, Ky., with 3 pounds, while Andy Holstein of Cincinnati, Ohio, took third place and $727 with 2 pounds, 15 ounces.
Sandusky won the co-angler Big Bass Award of $415 with a 4-pound, 7-ounce bass that he caught on opening day.
Wilson landed the Divisional Points Championship and $1,000 with 1,107 points won during five regular season tournaments. Michael Penix of Lewisburg, Tenn., landed the Co-Angler Points Championship and $500 with 929 points.
The top 30 boaters and top 30 co-anglers in the Mountain Division will advance to regional competition Oct. 23-27 on Wateree Lake near Camden, S.C., where they will go up against top competitors from the Bama, Bulldog and Gator divisions for a shot at qualifying for the BFL All-American, which features an estimated purse of $345,000 and ranks as one of the most lucrative post-season tournaments in competitive angling. The top two boaters and co-anglers may also qualify for the Ranger M1 tournament in Mobile, Ala., Feb. 27-March 2, 2002, where they can win up to $1 million in the world's richest freshwater tournament.
Awards for the 2001 BFL season could reach $5.7 million based on full fields at each tournament.