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Walmart Bass Fishing League - Bama
GUNTERSVILLE (Sept. 29-30, 2001)
Tavel wins Wal-Mart Bass Fishing League Super Tournament on Guntersville Lake
SCOTTSBORO, Ala.— Lee Tavel of Warrior, Ala., topped 100 competitors on Guntersville Lake this weekend with five bass weighing 16 pounds, 15 ounces to win $6,614 and 400 points on the boater side of the Wal-Mart Bass Fishing League (BFL) Bama Division season finale.
After qualifying for the final round of the two-day Super Tournament in 12th place with an opening day catch of four bass weighing 9 pounds, 5 ounces, Tavel out fished runner up Tim Buckner of Scottsboro, Ala., by 3 pounds, 4 ounces.
Buckner qualified for the final round in second place with five bass weighing 15 pounds, 4 ounces and finished up with 13 pounds, 11 ounces to win $3,307.
Marshall Deakins of Dunlap, Tenn., took third place and collected $1,653 with 11 pounds, 13 ounces. Phillip Nunnelley of Cullman, Ala., placed fourth and earned $1,433 with 8 pounds, 14 ounces, while Felton Langley of LaFayette, Ala., placed fifth and earned $1,323 with 7 pounds, 4 ounces.
Tony Thomas of Scottsboro won the boater Big Bass Award and collected $990 with a 5-pound, 12-ounce bass.
First place in the Co-Angler Division and $3,307 went to John Leger of Lowndesboro, Ala., who topped 99 competitors with a final round catch of three bass weighing 8 pounds, 9 ounces. Second place in the division and $1,653 went to Chris Capell of Wetumpka, Ala., with 5 pounds, 19 ounces, while Jim Boyle of Camp Hill, Ala., took third place and $827 with 4 pounds, 2 ounces.
Marlon Farmer of Scottsboro won the co-angler Big Bass Award of $495 with a 6-pound, 9-ounce bass.
Boater Edward Gettys of Stevenson, Ala., won $500 as the highest finishing participant in the Ranger Cup incentive program. He finished in eighth place with two bass weighing 4 pounds, 13 ounces.
Brian Randall of McCalla, Ala., landed the Divisional Points Championship and $1,000 with 1,092 points won during five regular season tournaments. Chris Capell of Wetumpka, Ala., landed the Co-Angler Points Championship and $500 with 1,058 points.
The top 30 boaters and top 30 co-anglers in the Bama 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 Mountain, 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.
Awards for the 2001 BFL season could reach $5.7 million based on full fields at each tournament.
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.