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Walmart Bass Fishing League - Northeast
Chesapeake Bay (June 25, 2005)
Williamson winner of BFL tournament on Chesapeake Bay
NORTH EAST, Md. — Boater Gerry Williamson of Westmont, N.J., earned $2,499 Saturday as winner of the Wal-Mart Bass Fishing League Northeast Division event on Chesapeake Bay. The tournament was the second of five regular-season Northeast Division events and earned Williamson 200 points in the Boater Division.
Williamson’s winning catch of five bass weighed 17 pounds, 5 ounces. He was flipping Zoom plastics around grass when he caught his bass. Williamson earned an additional $1,000 as winner of the Ranger Cup award.
Finishing second was Joseph Thompson of Ridley Park, Pa., with five bass weighing 17 pounds, 1 ounce that earned him $1,250. Rick Ash of Pottstown, Pa., claimed $817 as the third-place finisher thanks to five bass weighing 16 pounds, 4 ounces. In fourth was Richard Haber Jr. of Severn with five bass weighing 16 pounds, 2 ounces worth $636, and finishing fifth and earning $523 was Mike Torrissi Jr. of Hammonton, N.J., with five bass weighing 15 pounds, 11 ounces.
Lloyd Phillips III of Aberdeen took Boater Division big-bass award honors, earning $325 for a 4-pound, 12-ounce bass. He caught his big bass while flipping a soft plastic.
Brian Keister of Sicklerville, N.J., earned $1,250 as the co-angler winner, thanks to five bass weighing 12 pounds, 10 ounces that he caught on a spinnerbait.
Rounding out the top five co-anglers are Gregory Mallus of Gaithersburg (five bass, 12 pounds, $625); Darren Campbell of Nottingham, Pa. (four bass, 10 pounds, 12 ounces, $408); and in a fourth-place tie were Jacob Kupselaitis of Wall, N.J., and Dan Phillips Jr. of Aberdeen. Kupselaitis caught four bass weighing 10 pounds, 4 ounces and Phillips caught five bass weighing 10 pounds, 4 ounces. Both co-anglers earned $289.
Ryan Stratton of Lawrenceville, Pa., earned $163 as the co-angler big-bass award winner with a 4-pound, 8-ounce bass he caught on a crankbait.
The Northeast Division’s next event will be held July 23 on the Hudson River near Catskill, N.Y., followed by an event on the Potomac River near Marbury Aug. 27. The Northeast Division will wrap up its regular season Sept. 17-18 with a two-day Super Tournament on Lake Hopatcong near Cedar Knolls, N.J.
Following the regular season, the Northeast 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 Northeast Division boaters and co-anglers based on year-end points standings will advance to the Kerr Lake Regional near Henderson, N.C., Oct. 18-22 where they will compete against Empire, Mountain and Music City 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.