Walmart Bass Fishing League - Cowboy
SAM RAYBURN (Sept. 29-30, 2001)
JASPER, Texas — Scott David of Goodrich, Texas, topped 141 competitors on Sam Rayburn Reservoir this weekend with five bass weighing 12 pounds, 7 ounces to win $8,344 and 400 points on the boater side of the Wal-Mart Bass Fishing League (BFL) Cowboy Division season finale.
After qualifying for the final round of the two-day Super Tournament in seventh place with an opening day catch of five bass weighing 12 pounds, 5 ounces, David out fished runner up Jeff Buchanan of Lufkin, Texas, by 9 ounces to take the win. David, who caught the majority of his bass using a ½-ounce white spinnerbait, also earned a $1,000 bonus from GARMIN for winning the tournament while using one of the company's fixed-mount sonars.
Buchanan qualified for the final round in 19t place with four bass weighing 9 pounds, 10 ounces and finished up with 11 pounds, 14 ounces to win $4,172.
David Wharton of Sam Rayburn, Texas, took third place and collected $2,086 with 10 pounds, 15 ounces. Bill Hudspeth of Kilgor, Texas, placed fourth and earned $1,808 with 10 pounds, 13 ounces, while Tony Owens of Athens, Texas, placed fifth and earned $1,669 with 10 pounds, 7 ounces.
Mike Cannon of Leesburg, Texas, won the boater Big Bass Award and collected $1,410 with a 7-pound, 15-ounce bass that he caught on a 4-inch green pumpkin brush hog.
First place in the Co-Angler Division and $4,172 went to Joe Cole Jr. of Austin, Texas, who topped 141 competitors with a final round catch of four bass weighing 9 pounds, 10 ounces. Second place in the division and $2,086 went to Chris Key of Bryan, Texas, with 6 pounds, 2 ounces, while Delton Weeks of Big Sandy, Texas, took third place and $1,043 with 4 pounds, 12 ounces.
Steve Howell of San Augustine, Texas, won the co-angler Big Bass Award of $705 with a 4-pound, 8-ounce bass that he caught on an 8-inch worm.
Boater Chris McCall of Jasper, Texas, won $500 as the highest finishing participant in the Ranger Cup incentive program. He finished in sixth place with 10 pounds, 2 ounces.
Dreabon Joiner of Pickton, Texas, landed the Divisional Points Championship and $1,000 with 1,143 points won during five regular season tournaments. Bill Rogers of Jasper, Texas, landed the Co-Angler Points Championship and $500 with 1,048 points.
The top 30 boaters and top 30 co-anglers in the Cowboy Division will advance to regional competition Oct. 16-20 on the Red River near Shreveport, La., where they will go up against top competitors from the Okie, Arkie and Mississippi 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.
Sponsors of the 2001 Wal-Mart BFL are ALPO Pet Foods, BC Powder, BFGoodrich Tires, Black & Decker, Chevy Trucks, CITGO, Coleman, Conseco, Energizer, EverStart Batteries, Frito-Lay, FujiFilm, Garmin, Kellogg's, Land O'Lakes, Mercury Marine, Minn Kota, Pepsi, Poulan, Pure Fishing, Ranger Boats, Snickers Cruncher Bar, Stren, Shop-Vac, Timex, US Bank, Visa, Weed Eater, Wrangler and Yamaha Outboards. ACDelco is an associate sponsor of the Wal-Mart BFL.