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Walmart Bass Fishing League - Hoosier
Ohio River/Rocky Point (June 3, 2006)
Wright wins Wal-Mart Bass Fishing League event on Ohio River
TELL CITY, Ind. — Boater Jonathan Wright of Dry Ridge, Ky., earned $4,905 Saturday as winner of the Wal-Mart Bass Fishing League Hoosier Division event on the Ohio River. The tournament was the second of five regular-season Hoosier Division events.
Wright’s winning catch of five bass weighed 10 pounds.
Rounding out the top five boaters are Joe Toon of Louisville, Ky. (four bass, 9 pounds, 9 ounces, $2,453); Michael Trueblood of Madison, Ind. (five bass, 8 pounds, 8 ounces, $1,635); Mikeal Payne Jr. of Hatfield, Ind. (four bass, 7 pounds, 11 ounces, $1,145) and Dick Shaffer of Rockford, Ohio (five bass, 7 pounds, 7 ounces, $981).
Toon also took Boater Division big-bass award honors, earning him an additional $740 for a 5-pound, 15-ounce bass.
Billy Sweet Jr. of Waldron, Ind., bested the Co-angler Division competitors to earn $2,453 thanks to three bass weighing 6 pounds, 13 ounces.
Rounding out the top five co-anglers are Danny Rabinson of Fairland, Ind. (four bass, 6 pounds, 12 ounces, $1,226); Keith Caudill of New Albany, Ind. (two bass, 4 pounds, 8 ounces, $816); Charlie Baldwin of Bunker Hill, Ind. (three bass, 4 pounds $572); and David Dede of Loveland, Ohio (two bass, 3 pounds, 13 ounces, $491).
Caudill earned an additional $370 as the co-angler big-bass award winner with a 2-pound, 15-ounce bass.
The Hoosier Division’s next event will be held July 15 on the Ohio RIver near Tell City, Ind., followed by an event on Lake Monroe near Bloomington, Ind., Aug. 26. The Hoosier Division will wrap up its regular season Sept. 23-24 with a two-day Super Tournament on Lake Monroe near Bloomington.
Following the regular season, the Hoosier 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 Hoosier Division boaters and co-anglers based on year-end points standings will advance to the Kentucky Lake Regional near Gilbertsville, Ky., Oct. 19-21, where they will compete against Bama, Buckeye, and Mountain 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 FLWOutdoors.com.
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.
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.