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Walmart Bass Fishing League - Cowboy
Cedar Creek (April 8, 2006)
Allen wins Wal-Mart Bass Fishing League event on Cedar Creek Lake
LOG CABIN, Texas — Boater Mark Allen of Lindale, Texas, earned $3,505 Saturday as winner of the Wal-Mart Bass Fishing League Cowboy Division event on Cedar Creek Reservoir. The tournament was the third of five regular-season Cowboy Division events and earned Allen 200 points in the Boater Division. Allen also won the pro side of the Wal-Mart Texas Tournament Trail event held on the same fishery the prior weekend.
Allen’s winning catch of five bass weighed 22 pounds, 15 ounces. Allen also took Boater Division big-bass award honors, earning him an additional $440 for an 8-pound, 1-ounce bass. In addition, Allen won the Ranger Cup and Powered by Yamaha awards worth $1,500 total.
Rounding out the top five boaters are Victor Hawkins of Sugar Land, Texas (five bass, 20 pounds, 11 ounces, $1,753); Andy Coffman of Campbell, Texas (five bass ,16 pounds, 14 ounces, $1,169); Mathew Scogin of Conroe, Texas (five bass, 15 pounds, 15 ounces, $818) and Chris Nors of Austin, Texas (five bass, 14 pounds, 11 ounces, $701).
Craig Morris of Crosby, Texas, won the Co-angler Division to earn $1,753 as the co-angler winner, thanks to four bass weighing 11 pounds, 12 ounces.
Rounding out the top five co-anglers are Kyle Marek of Goliad, Texas (three bass, 8 pounds, 11 ounces, $876); Alan Denson of Cookeville, Texas, (four bass, 8 pounds, 1 ounce, $585) Cory Campbell of Waxahachie, Texas (three bass, 7 pounds, 10 ounces, $409) and Paul Adams of Houston, Texas (one bass, 7 pounds, 9 ounces, $351).
Adams earned an additional $220 as the co-angler big-bass award winner with a 7-pound, 9-ounce bass.
The Cowboy Division’s next event will be held April 29 on Lake Palestine near Flint, Texas. The Cowboy Division will wrap up its regular season Sept. 30-Oct.-1 with a two-day Super Tournament on Sam Rayburn Reservoir near Jasper, Texas.
Following the regular season, the Cowboy 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 Cowboy Division boaters and co-anglers based on year-end points standings will advance to the Wright Patman Lake Regional Championship near Texarkana, Texas, Oct. 19-21 where they will compete against Arkie, Louisiana and Okie 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 FLWOutdoors.com.
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 Wal-Mart.com.