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    Lewis Smith (March 4, 2006)


    Bahakel wins Wal-Mart Bass Fishing League event on Lewis Smith Lake

    Boater Jimmy Bahakel of Birmingham, Ala., earned $4,279 March 4 as winner of the BFL Bama Division event on Lewis Smith Lake.

    JASPER, Ala. — Boater Jimmy Bahakel of Birmingham, Ala., earned $4,279 Saturday as winner of the Wal-Mart Bass Fishing League Bama Division event on Lewis Smith Lake. The tournament was the second of five regular-season Bama Division events and earned Bahakel 200 points in the Boater Division.

    Bahakel’s winning catch of five bass, which came on a finesse worm, weighed 16 pounds, 12 ounces.

    Rounding out the top five boaters are Craig Daniel of Cullman, Ala. (five bass, 15 pounds, 9 ounces, $2,140); Hiroshi Kojima of Athens, Ala. (five bass, 14 pounds, 14 ounces, $1,426); Michael Cruce of Bremen, Ala. (five bass, 14 pounds, 2 ounces, $998) and Robin Erb of Crane Hill, Ala. (five bass, 13 pounds, 9 ounces, $856).

    Daniel earned an additional $500 as winner of the Ranger Cup award.

    Timothy Williams of Auburn, Ala., took Boater Division big-bass award honors, earning $605 for a 5-pound, 14-ounce bass he caught on War Eagle spinnerbait.

    David Marr of Cleveland, Tenn., earned $2,064 as the co-angler winner, thanks to four bass weighing 10 pounds, 2 ounces that he caught from deep water on a finesse worm.

    Rounding out the top five co-anglers are Lynn Sweatmon of Cullman, Ala. (four bass, 10 pounds, 1 ounce, $1,032); Roland Graves of Bremen (four bass, 8 pounds, 8 ounces, $688) Robert Wallace of Lithia Springs, Ga., (five bass, 8 pounds, 5 ounces, $482) and Glen Copeland of Moulton, Ala. (four bass, 7 pounds, 14 ounces, $413).

    Marr earned $287 as the co-angler big-bass award winner, thanks to a 4-pound, 1-ounce bass.

    The Bama Division’s next event will be held on Wheeler Lake near Decatur, Ala., April 8. The fourth event will be held May 13 on Weiss Lake and the Bama Division will wrap up its regular season Sept. 9-10 with a two-day Super Tournament on Lake Guntersville near Scottsboro, Ala.

    Following the regular season, the Bama Division boater with the most points who advances farthest in the Wal-Mart BFL All-American will earn $10,000 as the Yamaha “Be the Best” points champion. The co-angler points champion who advances farthest will earn $5,000 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 Bama Division boaters and co-anglers based on year-end points standings will advance to the Kentucky Lake Regional Championship near Gilbertsville, Ky., Oct. 19-21 where they will compete against Buckeye, Hoosier and Mountain division anglers for one of six slots in the 2007 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 $8.8 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. For more information or to enter a tournament, call (270) 252-1000 or browse

    Named after the legendary founder of Ranger Boats, Forrest L. Wood, FLW Outdoors administers the Wal-Mart Bass Fishing League, as well as the Wal-Mart FLW Tour, Wal-Mart FLW Series, Stren Series, Wal-Mart Texas Tournament Trail, Stratos Owners’ Tournament Trail, Wal-Mart FLW Walleye Tour, Wal-Mart FLW Walleye League, Wal-Mart FLW Kingfish Tour, Wal-Mart FLW Kingfish Series and Wal-Mart FLW Redfish Series. These circuits offer combined purses exceeding $36.9 million through 241 events in 2006.

    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