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    Walmart Bass Fishing League - Okie

    TEXOMA (Feb. 23, 2002)

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    Butcher wins Wal-Mart BFL Okie Division opener

    23.Feb.2002

    KINGTON, Okla. — Terry Butcher, Talala, Okla., topped 160 Wal-Mart Bass Fishing League competitors Saturday on Lake Texoma with five bass weighing 13 pounds, 8 ounces. The catch earned him $4,215 and 200 points in the Boater Division.

    Butcher caught his limit, which topped second-place boater Spencer McAlester, Denison, Texas, by 1 pound, 13 ounces, using a ½-ounce white spinner bait around wood cover. McAlester finished the one-day tournament with a four-bass catch weighing 11 pounds, 11 ounces worth $2,107. He also earned a $500 bonus from Ranger Boats as the highest finishing participant in the Ranger Cup incentive program.

    Alton Wilhoit, Harrah, Okla. (five bass, 11 pounds, 8 ounces, $1,264); Adam Wright, Benton, Ark., (five bass, 9 pounds, 7 ounces, $1,012); and Robert Cruse, Broken Arrow, Okla., (three bass, 8 pounds, 12 ounces, $927) rounded out the top-five boaters.

    Don Whitley, Tulsa, Okla., earned boater big bass honors and $800 with a 6-pound, 11-ounce bass that he caught on a clown-colored rogue.

    Bill Hulet, Broken Arrow, Okla., claimed first place and $2,107 in the 160-competitor Co-angler Division with four bass weighing 8 pounds.Bill Hulet, Broken Arrow, Okla., claimed first place and $2,107 in the 160-competitor Co-angler Division with four bass weighing 8 pounds. He surpassed second-place co-angler Brian Mathis, Moore, Okla., 2 ounces. Mathis finished with a three-bass catch weighing 7 pounds, 14 ounces worth $1,054.

    David Hanning, Wagoner, Okla. (three bass, 6 pounds, 6 ounces, $632); Jeff Waits, Hulbert, Okla. (three bass, 6 pounds, 5 ounces, $506); and Kevin Turner, Beggs, Okla. (two bass, 5 pounds, 15 ounces, $464) rounded out the top-five co-anglers.

    James Parsons, Tahlequah, Okla., earned co-angler big bass honors and $400 with a 4-pound, 13-ounce bass.

    Overall, three five-bass limits were caught during the tournament.




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