Walmart Bass Fishing League - Bulldog
Lake Oconee (Sept. 30-Oct.. 1, 2006)
BUCKHEAD, Ga. — Boater Pat Fisher of Buckhead, Ga., earned 300 points and $7,138 Sunday as the winner of the Wal-Mart Bass Fishing League Bulldog Division Super Tournament on Lake Oconee. He also earned a $1,500 Ranger Cup and Powered by Yamaha bonus for a total of $8,638 in winnings.
Fisher’s two-day winning catch of nine bass weighed 24 pounds, 8 ounces. He was throwing a Zoom green-pumpkin Old Monster worm around docks to catch his bass.
Rounding out the top five boaters are Mark Holloway of Loganville, Ga. (nine bass, 23 pounds, 11 ounces, $3,569); Benny Lanning of Covington, Ga. (10 bass, 22 pounds, 1 ounce, $2,378); Kip Carter of Oxford, Ga. (nine bass, 21 pounds, 11 ounces, $1,666); and Lamontie Walters of Warner Robins, Ga. (eight bass, 21 pounds, 4 ounces, $1,428).
Tony Couch of Buckhead, Ga., won the Boater Division Snickers Big Bass award with a 6-pound, 4-ounce bass that earned him $1,065.
Cody Giddens of Cochran, Ga., earned $3,569 as the co-angler winner thanks to nine bass weighing 23 pounds that he caught on a red bug finesse worm in the backs of creeks.
Rounding out the top five co-anglers are George Goodman Jr. of Monticello, Ga. (four bass, 13 pounds, 12 ounces, $1,785); Chris Eysel of Columbus, Ga. (five bass, 12 pounds, 14 ounces, $1,191); Dennis Hudson of Fortson, Ga. (six bass, 12 pounds, 10 ounces, $833); and Ed Williamson of Greensboro, Ga. (six bass, 12 pounds, 8 ounces, $714).
Goodman also earned an additional $532 as the Co-Angler Division Snickers Big Bass winner with a 6-pound, 11-ounce bass.
The top 40 Bulldog Division boaters and co-anglers based on year-end points standings will now advance to the no-entry-fee Lake Chickamauga Regional Championship near Hixson, Tenn., Oct. 12-14, where they will compete against Dixie, LBL and Music City anglers for a new Ranger boat and a Chevy truck in the Boater Division plus six slots in the no-entry-fee 2007 Wal-Mart BFL All-American presented by Chevy. With a total purse of $1 million and a potential $140,000 cash 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 Boater Division points champion who advances the farthest at the All-American will earn $10,000 as the Yamaha “Be the Best” points champion. The co-angler points champion who advances the farthest will earn $5,000 as the Yamaha “Be the Best” points champion in the Co-angler Division.
For complete Bulldog Division standings, browse FLWOutdoors.com.
The $8.8 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.
Named after the legendary founder of Ranger Boats, Forrest L. Wood, FLW Outdoors administers the Wal-Mart FLW Tour, Wal-Mart FLW Series, Stren Series, Wal-Mart Bass Fishing League, Wal-Mart Texas Tournament Trail presented by Abu Garcia, Stratos Owners’ Tournament Trail, Wal-Mart FLW Walleye Tour, Wal-Mart FLW Walleye League, Wal-Mart FLW Kingfish Tour, Wal-Mart FLW Kingfish Series, Wal-Mart FLW Redfish Series and Wal-Mart FLW Striper Series. These circuits offer combined purses exceeding $37.9 million through 249 events in 2006.
For more information or to enter a tournament, call (270) 252-1000 or browse FLWOutdoors.com.
Wal-Mart and many of America’s largest and most-respected companies support FLW Outdoors and its tournament trails. Wal-Mart signed on as an FLW Outdoors sponsor in 1997 and today is the world’s leading supporter of tournament fishing. For more information about Wal-Mart, visit Wal-Mart.com.