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    Walmart Bass Fishing League - Great Lakes

    PRAIRIE DU CHIEN (June 22, 2002)


    Sherry takes top honors at Great Lakes Division Tournament

    Robert Sherry of St. Charles, Ill., outfished numerous anglers in the Boater Division of the Wal-Mart BFL Great Lakes Division tournament on the Mississippi River June 22.

    PRAIRIE DU CHIEN, Wis. — Robert Sherry of St. Charles, Ill., topped 130 Wal-Mart Bass Fishing League competitors Saturday on the Mississippi River at Prairie du Chien with five bass weighing 13 pounds, 5 ounces. The catch earned him $3,668 and 200 points in the Boater Division.

    Sherry caught his limit flipping a white and chartreuse buzzbait to clear, shallow water. The catch topped second-place boater Rick Bosshard of Sussex, Wis., by 12 ounces. Bosshard finished the one-day tournament with a five-bass catch weighing 12 pounds, 9 ounces worth $1,834. Sherry also received a $500 bonus from Ranger Boats as the highest-finishing participant in the Ranger Cup incentive program.

    Jim Maloney of Hampshire, Ill. (five bass, 12 pounds, 4 ounces, $1,101); Mike Feldermann of Galena, Ill. (five bass, 12 pounds, 2 ounces, $880); and Doug Yule of Camdenton, Mo., (five bass, 11 pounds, 15 ounces, $807) rounded out the top five boaters.

    Gerald Rew of Janesville, Wis., earned boater big bass honors and $650 with a 4-pound, 12-ounce bass that he caught flipping a spider grub on wood in 3 feet of water. He finished in 22nd place overall with four bass weighing 10 pounds, 7 ounces.

    Scott Mrozinski of Sullivan, Wis., claimed first place in the Co-angler Division of the Wal-Mart BFL Great Lakes Division tournament on the Mississippi River June 22.Scott Mrozinski of Sullivan, Wis., claimed first place and $1,834 in the 130-competitor Co-angler Division with five bass weighing 9 pounds, 5 ounces. He surpassed second-place co-angler Benjamin Passa of Holman, Wis., by 1 ounce thanks to a homemade spinner bait he fished in grass and wood close to the main river. Passa finished with a five-bass catch weighing 9 pounds, 4 ounces worth $917.

    Matt Felton of Wisconsin Dells, Wis. (five bass, 9 pounds, 2 ounces, $550); James Haumann of Romeoville, Ill. (four bass, 9 pounds, $440); and Charlie Benson of Lacrosse, Wis., (four bass, 8 pounds, 7 ounces, $404) rounded out the top five co-anglers.

    Co-angler Ken Haslam of Mukwonago, Wis., earned big bass honors and $325 in his division with a 4-pound, 1-ounce bass. He finished 32nd thanks to the one bass.

    Overall, 44 five-bass limits were caught during the tournament.

    The Wal-Mart BFL will visit Winneconne July 13 for the third of five Great Lakes Division events. The boater with the most points after the division's season finale, a two-day Super Tournament Sept. 14-15 on the Mississippi River at Prairie du Chien, will be declared the Yamaha “Be the Best” Points Leader and awarded $1,000. The co-angler amassing the most points by the end of the season will receive $500.

    The top 30 Great Lakes Division boaters and co-anglers will advance to regional competition presented by Yamaha Oct. 15-19 on Kentucky Lake near Gilbertsville, Ky., where they will go up against top competitors from the Hoosier, Illini and Michigan divisions for a shot at qualifying for the Wal-Mart BFL All-American — one of the most lucrative post-season tournaments in competitive angling.

    2002 BFL awards could reach $7 million based on full fields.

    Sponsors of the 2002 Wal-Mart BFL are Wal-Mart, Alpo Pet Foods, BC Powder, BFGoodrich Tires, Castrol, Chevy Trucks, Coleman, Conseco, Energizer, EverStart Batteries, Evinrude, Faded Glory, Frito-Lay, FujiFilm, Garmin, Kellogg's, Land O'Lakes, Minn Kota, Newell Rubbermaid, Pepsi, Poulan, Ranger Boats, Shop-Vac, Snickers, Stanley Works, Stren, US Bank, Weed Eater and Yamaha Outboards. Associate sponsors are Abu Garcia, Berkley, Eagle Claw, Hover-Lure, Laker, Maxwell House, Plano and Solar Bat.