Walmart Bass Fishing League - Dixie
Eufaula (June 4, 2005)
EUFAULA, Ala. — Boater Carlos Sellers of Phenix City earned $4,368 Saturday as winner of the Wal-Mart Bass Fishing League Dixie Division event on Lake Eufaula. The tournament was the fourth of five regular-season Dixie Division events and featured 143 boaters vying for the win, which earned Sellers 200 points in the Boater Division.
Seller’s winning catch of five bass weighed 19 pounds, 9 ounces. Sellers was flipping a worm around shallow grass when he caught his bass.
Finishing second was Dalton Bobo of Northport with five bass weighing 17 pounds, 6 ounces that earned him $2,184. Don Oswalt of Mc Calla claimed $1,427 as the third-place finisher thanks to four bass weighing 16 pounds, 6 ounces. In fourth was Frank Eslinger of Lagrange, Ga., with five bass weighing 16 pounds, 3 ounces worth $1,112, and finishing fifth and earning $913 was Nicholas Turner of Jones with five bass weighing 15 pounds, 12 ounces.
Turner earned an additional $750 as winner of the Ranger Cup and Powered by Yamaha awards.
Dan Johnson of Griffin, Ga., took Boater Division big-bass award honors, earning $715 for a 7-pound, 8-ounce bass. He caught his big bass on a Carolina-rigged worm.
Bruce Frazier of Newnan, Ga., bested 143 Co-angler Division competitors to earn $2,184 as the co-angler winner, thanks to five bass weighing 12 pounds, 1 ounce that he caught on a spinnerbait.
Rounding out the top five co-anglers are Aaron Bigham of Defuniak Springs, Fla. (three bass, 9 pounds, 10 ounces, $1,092); Shawn Marquis of Columbus, Ga. (two bass, 9 pounds, $715); Scott Curvin of Jacksonville (five bass, 8 pounds, 15 ounces, $556); and Danny Pollard of Wetumpka (three bass, 8 pounds, 10 ounces, $457).
Bigham earned $358 as the co-angler big-bass award winner with a 5-pound, 14-ounce bass he caught on a tube.
The Dixie Division will wrap up its regular season Sept. 24-25 with a two-day Super Tournament on Logan Martin Lake near Pell City.
Following the regular season, the Dixie 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 Dixie Division boaters and co-anglers based on year-end points standings will advance to the Clarks Hill Lake Regional near Augusta, Ga., Oct. 11-15 where they will compete against Choo Choo, North Carolina and Shenandoah 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.