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    Walmart Bass Fishing League - Okie

    Grand Lake (Sept. 9-10, 2006)


    Williams wins BFL Super Tournament on Grand Lake

    Boater Lance Williams of Billings, Mo.

    GROVE, Okla. — Boater Lance Williams of Billings, Mo., earned 300 points and $5,632 Sunday as the winner of the Wal-Mart Bass Fishing League Okie Division Super Tournament on Grand Lake.

    Williams’ two-day winning catch of 10 bass weighed 29 pounds, 6 ounces.

    Rounding out the top five boaters are Chris Torkleson of Sand Springs, Okla. (10 bass, 27 pounds, 10 ounces, $2,816); Joel Baker of Talala, Okla. (10 bass, 27 pounds, 2 ounces, $1,877); Jay Scott of Jay, Okla., (10 bass, 26 pounds, 14 ounces, $1,314) and Wayne Diffee of Oakhurst, Okla. (10 bass, 26 pounds, 10 ounces, $1,126).

    Torkleson also took home an additional $500 for being the highest placing Ranger Cup participant.

    Derick Frye of Tulsa, Okla., won the Boater Division Snickers Big Bass award with a 5-pound, 14-ounce bass that earned him $735.

    Marshall Halverson of Glencoe, Okla., earned $2,816 as the co-angler winner thanks to 10 bass weighing 22 pounds, 1 ounce.

    Rounding out the top five co-anglers are Travis Miskovsky of Oklahoma City, Okla. (10 bass, 21 pounds, 5 ounces, $1,408); John Stottlemyre of Luther, Okla. (six bass, 18 pounds, 11 ounces, $941); Dan Hayes of Tulsa, Okla., (10 bass, 17 pounds, 13 ounces, $657) and Don Benson of Eufaula, Okla. (seven bass, 17 pounds, 1 ounce, $563).

    Stottlemyre earned an additional $367 as the co-angler Snickers Big Bass winner with a 4-pound, 12-ounce bass.

    The top 40 Okie boaters and co-anglers based on year-end points standings will now advance to the no-entry-fee Wright Patman Regional Championship near Texarkana, Texas, Oct. 19-21, where they will compete against Arkie, Cowboy and Louisiana 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 Okie Division standings, check online at

    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

    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