Walmart Bass Fishing League - Shenandoah
James River (July 30, 2005)
RICHMOND, Va. — Boater Chuck Schultz Jr. of Richmond earned $3,581 Saturday as winner of the Wal-Mart Bass Fishing League Shenandoah Division event on the James River. The tournament was the fourth of five regular-season Shenandoah Division events and earned Schultz 200 points in the Boater Division.
Schultz’s winning catch of five bass weighed 10 pounds, 13 ounces. Schultz was flipping a plastic worm in 2 to 4 feet of water around wood cover when he caught his bass.
Finishing second was Don Mallow of Fredericksburg with three bass weighing 9 pounds, 12 ounces that earned him $1,790. Jeff Williams of Moneta claimed $1,176 as the third-place finisher thanks to four bass weighing 9 pounds, 9 ounces. In fourth was Chris Whittaker of Ruther Glen with four bass weighing 9 pounds, 8 ounces worth $911, and finishing fifth and earning $749 was Bob Everhart of Williamsburg with five bass weighing 9 pounds, 5 ounces.
Jeff Benfield of Woodbridge took Boater Division big-bass award honors, earning $550 for a 5-pound bass. He caught his big bass on a Reaction Innovations Sweet Beaver.
Cavin Young of Prince George earned $500 as winner of the Ranger Cup award.
Jerry Comperatore of Tarentum, Pa., earned $1,741 as the co-angler winner, thanks to three bass weighing 7 pounds, 11 ounces that he caught on a spinnerbait. He earned an additional $260 as winner of the co-angler big-bass award, thanks to a 5-pound, 5-ounce bass.
Rounding out the top five co-anglers are Tommy Bell of Mechanicsville (three bass, 7 pounds, 10 ounces, $870); Carl Whipple of Fredericksburg (two bass, 7 pounds, 5 ounces, $568); Arthur Conley of Petersburg (five bass, 7 pounds, 4 ounces, $443); and Bobby O’Brien of Broadway (three bass, 6 pounds, 15 ounces, $364).
The Shenandoah Division will wrap up its regular season Sept. 10-11 with a two-day Super Tournament on the Potomac River near Dumfries.
Following the regular season, the Shenandoah 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 Shenandoah 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, Dixie and North Carolina 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 FLWOutdoors.com.
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.