Walmart Bass Fishing League - Savannah River
Keowee (June 4, 2005)
SENECA, S.C. — Boater Woody Parks of Lincolnton, Ga., earned $3,711 Saturday as winner of the Wal-Mart Bass Fishing League Savannah River Division event on Lake Keowee. The tournament was the fourth of five regular-season South Carolina Division events and featured 114 boaters vying for the win, which earned Parks 200 points in the Boater Division.
Parks’ winning catch of five bass weighed 12 pounds, 12 ounces. Parks was fishing the lower end of the lake with a jig when he caught his bass.
Finishing second was Kevin Stowers of Gainesville, Ga., with five bass weighing 12 pounds, 7 ounces that earned him $1,855. Darrell Wilbanks of Easley claimed $1,215 as the third-place finisher thanks to five bass weighing 11 pounds, 12 ounces. In fourth was Dwayne Collins of Walhalla with five bass weighing 11 pounds, 9 ounces worth $945, and finishing fifth and earning $776 was Scott Browning of Franklin, N.C., with five bass weighing 10 pounds, 7 ounces.
Stowers earned an additional $750 as winner of the Ranger Cup and Powered by Yamaha awards.
Wilbanks took Boater Division big-bass award honors, earning $570 for a 5-pound, 4-ounce bass. He caught his big bass on a Zoom tube.
Kevin Goldsmith of Hendersonville, N.C., bested 114 Co-angler Division competitors to earn $1,855 as the co-angler winner, thanks to five bass weighing 8 pounds, 5 ounces that he caught on a crankbait.
Rounding out the top five co-anglers are Todd Peeples of Royston, Ga. (four bass, 8 pounds, 3 ounces, $928); Andy Anderson of Anderson (five bass, 8 pounds, 2 ounces, $608); Doug Mahoney of Belton (five bass, 7 pounds, 15 ounces, $472); and John Bolton of Central (four bass, 7 pounds, 14 ounces, $388).
Peeples earned $285 as the co-angler big-bass award winner with a 4-pound, 11-ounce bass he caught on a green-pumpkin worm.
The Savannah River Division will wrap up its regular season Oct. 1-2 with a two-day Super Tournament on Clarks Hill Lake near Augusta, Ga.
Following the regular season, the Savannah River 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 Savannah River 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 Mississippi 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.