Walmart Bass Fishing League - North Carolina
Gaston (April 30, 2005)
LITTLETON, N.C. — Boater Robert Walser of Lexington earned $2,874 Saturday as winner of the Wal-Mart Bass Fishing League North Carolina Division event on Lake Gaston. The tournament was the third of five regular-season North Carolina Division events and earned Walser 200 points in the Boater Division.
Walser’s winning catch of five bass weighed 17 pounds, 10 ounces. He was fishing a spinnerbait and a buzzbait around stumps and grass when he caught his bass. Walser earned an additional $1,000 as winner of the Garmin Grand award.
Finishing second was Wally Szuba of Cary with five bass weighing 17 pounds, 5 ounces that earned him $1,437. Jeff Chandler of New London claimed $940 as the third-place finisher thanks to five bass weighing 17 pounds, 3 ounces. In fourth was Flash Butts of Roanoke Rapids with five bass weighing 15 pounds, 14 ounces worth $731, and finishing fifth and earning $601 was Hank Cherry of Charlotte with five bass weighing 15 pounds, 10 ounces.
Butts earned an additional $500 as winner of the Ranger Cup award.
Spence Benson of Salisbury took Boater Division big-bass award honors, earning $400 for a 6-pound, 6-ounce bass. He caught his big bass on a spinnerbait.
Nathan Webber of Kernersville earned $1,437 as the co-angler winner, thanks to five bass weighing 15 pounds, 13 ounces that he caught on a spinnerbait.
Rounding out the top five co-anglers are Brian K. Smith of Winston Salem (five bass, 13 pounds, 10 ounces, $718); Kurt Koedyker of Hopewell, Va. (three bass, 11 pounds, 5 ounces, $470); Robert Parrish of Albemarle (four bass, 11 pounds, 3 ounces, $366); and David Lynch of Mooresville (four bass, 8 pounds, 12 ounces, $300).
Junior Self of Vale earned $200 as the co-angler big-bass award winner with a 6-pound, 8-ounce bass he caught on a jig.
The North Carolina Division’s next event will be held June 4 on High Rock Lake near Salisbury. The North Carolina Division will wrap up its regular season Oct. 1-2 with a two-day Super Tournament on Lake Wylie near Lake Wylie, S.C.
Following the regular season, the North Carolina 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 North Carolina 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 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.