Walmart Bass Fishing League - Mississippi
Columbus Pool (April 30, 2005)
COLUMBUS, Miss. — Boater Tim Fox of Meridian earned $3,965 Saturday as winner of the Wal-Mart Bass Fishing League Mississippi Division event on the Columbus Pool of the Tennessee Tombigbee Waterway. The tournament was the third of five regular-season Mississippi Division events and featured 126 boaters vying for the win, which earned Fox 200 points in the Boater Division.
Fox’s winning catch of five bass weighed 17 pounds, 5 ounces. He was fishing a white spinnerbait around cypress trees when he caught his bass.
Finishing second was Johnny Price Jr. of Brookwood, Ala., with five bass weighing 16 pounds, 11 ounces that earned him $1,982. Yancy Windham of Gordo, Ala., claimed $1,297 as the third-place finisher thanks to five bass weighing 16 pounds, 8 ounces. In fourth was Danny Walden of Columbus with five bass weighing 14 pounds, 4 ounces worth $1,009, and finishing fifth and earning $829 was BJ Barnett of Alexander City, Ala., with five bass weighing 13 pounds, 1 ounce.
Price earned an additional $500 as winner of the Ranger Cup award.
Kyle Glasgow of Guin, Ala., took Boater Division big-bass award honors, earning $630 for a 7-pound, 5-ounce bass. He caught his big bass on a spinnerbait.
David Cook of Pearl bested 126 Co-angler Division competitors to earn $1,982 as the co-angler winner, thanks to five bass weighing 11 pounds, 4 ounces that he caught on a spinnerbait.
Rounding out the top five co-anglers are John Speake of Terry (five bass, 10 pounds, 10 ounces, $991); W.K. Luckett Jr. of Ridgeland (four bass, 10 pounds, 5 ounces, $651); Monte Knight of Ouitman (five bass, 9 pounds, 7 ounces, $505); and Brandon Bolton of West Point (four bass, 8 pounds, 15 ounces, $414).
Eddie Laster of Morton earned $315 as the co-angler big-bass award winner with a 5-pound, 15-ounce bass he caught on a buzzbait.
The Mississippi Division’s next event will be held June 25 on Columbus Pool near Columbus. The Mississippi Division will wrap up its regular season Sept. 17-18 with a two-day Super Tournament on Ross Barnett Lake near Brandon.
Following the regular season, the Mississippi Division boater with the most points will earn $1,000 as the Yamaha “Be the Best” points champion. The co-angler amassing the most points will earn $500 as the Yamaha “Be the Best” points champion in the Co-angler Division.
Every angler who receives weight credit in a tournament earns points, with 200 points going 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. The top 40 Mississippi Division boaters and co-anglers based on year-end points standings will advance to the Lake Martin Regional near Alexander City, Ala., Oct. 18-22 where they will compete against Everglades, Gator, and Savannah River division anglers for one of six slots in the 2006 All-American. With a total purse of $1 million and a potential $140,000 cash prize going to the winning boater and $70,000 going to the winning co-angler, the All-American is one of the most prestigious and lucrative events in bass fishing.
The $8.4 million Wal-Mart Bass Fishing League features 28 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 browse this Web site.
Named after the legendary founder of Ranger Boats, Forrest L. Wood, FLW Outdoors administers the Wal-Mart Bass Fishing League and seven other national tournament circuits offering a combined $30 million in awards through 214 events in 2005. The 27-year-old organization is the purveyor of America’s largest and most prestigious fishing tournaments, including the Wal-Mart FLW Tour, EverStart Series, Wal-Mart Bass Fishing League, Wal-Mart Texas Tournament Trail, Wal-Mart FLW Walleye Tour, Wal-Mart FLW Walleye League, Wal-Mart FLW Kingfish Tour and Wal-Mart FLW Redfish Series.
Wal-Mart and many of America’s largest and most respected companies support FLW Outdoors and its tournament trails. Wal-Mart signed on as title sponsor of the FLW Tour in 1997 and today is the title sponsor of all FLW Outdoors events. For more information on Wal-Mart, visit Wal-Mart.com.