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Walmart Bass Fishing League - Ozark
Truman Lake (June 25, 2005)
Dickneite top dog at BFL event on Truman Lake
CLINTON, Mo. — Boater Andre Dickneite of Freeburg earned $3,613 Saturday as winner of the Wal-Mart Bass Fishing League Ozark Division event on Truman Lake. The tournament was the fourth of five regular-season Ozark Division events and earned Dickneite 200 points in the Boater Division.
Dickneite’s winning catch of five bass weighed 12 pounds, 3 ounces. Dickneite threw brown jigs and crankbaits to catch his bass.
Finishing second was Robert Bogan of Farmington, Ark., with five bass weighing 11 pounds, 3 ounces that earned him $1,807. Norman Seat of Reeds Spring claimed $1,182 as the third-place finisher thanks to four bass weighing 9 pounds, 13 ounces. In a fourth-place tie were Jay Hulsey of Bourbon with three bass weighing 9 pounds, 7 ounces and Rick Johnston of Orogono with four bass weighing 9 pounds, 7 ounces. Both anglers earned $838.
Bogan earned an additional $750 as winner of the Ranger Cup and Powered by Yamaha awards.
Shane Follis of Ozark took Boater Division big-bass award honors, earning $555 for a 6-pound, 10-ounce bass. He caught his big bass on a crankbait.
Max Wilson of Everton earned $1,807 as the co-angler winner, thanks to three bass weighing 8 pounds, 11 ounces that he caught on a crankbait.
Rounding out the top five co-anglers are Tim Schraeder of Springfield (three bass, 8 pounds, 5 ounces, $903); Todd Lanning of Springfield (three bass, 8 pounds, $590); Eric Brantley of Springfield (two bass, 7 pounds, 2 ounces, $460); and Pat Kitts of Joplin (two bass, 6 pounds, 10 ounces, $378).
Brantley earned $278 as the co-angler big-bass award winner with a 4-pound, 13-ounce bass he caught on a jig.
The Ozark Division will wrap up its regular season Sept. 10-11 with a two-day Super Tournament on Table Rock Lake near Branson.
Following the regular season, the Ozark 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 Ozark Division boaters and co-anglers based on year-end points standings will advance to the Lake Ouachita Regional near Hot Springs, Ark., Oct. 18-22 where they will compete against Cowboy, Louisiana, and Okie 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.