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Walmart Bass Fishing League - Seminole
Palatka (June 5, 2004)
Tice wins St. Johns River BFL event
PALATKA, Fla. — Boater Division competitor Jerry Tice of Chipley earned $2,540 Saturday as winner of the Wal-Mart Bass Fishing League Seminole Division event on the St. Johns River in Palatka. The tournament was the fourth of five regular-season Seminole Division events. The regular season will wrap up Sept. 11-12 with a two-day Super Tournament that will be held on Lake Seminole in Bainbridge, Ga.
Tice caught a five-bass limit weighing 16 pounds, 8 ounces on buzzbaits and crankbaits in the Crescent Lake area, and he caught an 8-pound, 15-ounce bass that earned him $375 as the Boater Division big-bass award winner. He also earned $1,000 from Ranger Boats as the highest-finishing participant in the Ranger Cup incentive program, and he earned another $500 from Yamaha because his boat is powered by a Yamaha outboard.
Rounding out the top five boaters are Fred Chivington Jr. of Welaka (five bass, 15 pounds, 8 ounces, $1,270); David Stephens of Palm Coast (five bass, 14 pounds, 5 ounces, $864); Kelly Borgh of Silver Springs (four bass, 14 pounds, 2 ounces, $660); and Steve Bushore of Bainbridge, Ga. (five bass, 13 pounds, 7 ounces, $559).
Kenneth Hunnicutt of Jacksonville claimed the Co-angler Division win with a five-bass catch weighing 13 pounds, 7 ounces. He caught his tournament-winning bass on a black and blue Paddletail worm and earned $1,270 for the win.
Rounding out the top five co-anglers are Frank Jordan of Bainbridge, Ga. (two bass, 10 pounds, 1 ounce, $635); Al Davis III of Jacksonville (four bass, 9 pounds, 15 ounces, $432); Ben Broughton of Day (five bass, 9 pounds, 10 ounces, $330); and Ray Kirkland of Wausau (four bass, 8 pounds, 2 ounces, $279).
Davis caught a 6-pound, 2-ounce bass to win Co-angler Division big-bass honors and $188. He caught his big bass on a worm.
Following the regular season, the top 30 Seminole Division boaters and co-anglers based on year-end points standings will advance to the Columbus Pool regional near Columbus, Miss., Oct. 19-23. They will compete against qualifying anglers from the Cowboy, Illini and Music City divisions for one of six slots in the 2005 All-American, one of competitive bass fishing’s most prestigious events. The winning boater at the All-American will take home $100,000 cash, and the winning co-angler will earn $50,000 cash.
Every angler who receives weight credit in a tournament earns points, with 200 points awarded to the winner, 199 for second, 198 for third, and so on, except for Super Tournaments, which award 300 points to the winner, 299 for second, 298 for third, and so on. These points determine angler standings. The Seminole Division boater who amasses the most points at the end of the regular season will earn $1,000 as the Yamaha “Be the Best” points leader, and the co-angler earning the most points will earn $500 as the Yamaha “Be the Best” points leader in the Co-angler Division.
Anglers who compete in all five regular-season events within a division but do not advance to regional competition are eligible to fish the Chevy Trucks Wild Card for an All-American berth. Six nationwide regionals plus the Wild Card will each send six boaters and six co-anglers to the All-American for a total field of 84 competitors.
The $6.3 million Wal-Mart Bass Fishing League features 24 divisions nationwide. In BFL competition, boaters and co-anglers are randomly paired, with boaters supplying the boat and fishing against other boaters and co-anglers fishing from the back deck against other co-anglers. For more information or to enter a tournament, call (270) 252-1000 or click here.
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