Walmart Bass Fishing League - Seminole
Seminole (April 29, 2006)
MARIANNA, Fla. — Boater John Kremer of Sanford, Fla., earned $3,418 Saturday as winner of the Wal-Mart Bass Fishing League Seminole Division event on Lake Seminole. The tournament was the fourth of five regular-season Seminole Division events, which earned Kremer 200 points in the Boater Division.
Kremer’s winning catch of five bass weighed 22 pounds, 3 ounces. He was flipping a 4-inch creature bait in and around submerged trees and heavy cover.
Rounding out the top five boaters were Alan Lamb of Donalsonville, Ga. (five bass, 21 pounds, 6 ounces, $1,709); Walt Starling of Live Oak, Fla. (five bass, 17 pounds, 5 ounces, $1,138); Damon Wooley of Live Oak, Fla. (five bass, 17 pounds, 1 ounces, $798); and Terry Stevens of Marianna, Fla. (five bass, 16 pounds, 5 ounces, $684).
Lamb also took Boater Division big-bass award honors, earning $420 for a 8-pound bass. Lamb also earned an additional $500 for being the highest-placing Ranger Cup participant.
Ben Broughton of Day, Fla., won the Co-angler Division to earn $1,709, thanks to five bass weighing 15 pounds, 15 ounces that he caught while fishing postspawn pockets near the main lake.
Rounding out the top five co-anglers were Michael Wiles of Perry, Fla. (five bass, 13 pounds, 10 ounces, $855); Sean Creel of Panama City, Fla., (four bass, 12 pounds, 11 ounces, $570); Keith Childree of Valdosta, Ga. (five bass, 12 pounds, 8 ounces, $399); and David Honstead of Ocala, Fla., and David Milo of De Bary, Fla., tied for fifth (five bass, three bass, 10 pounds, 13 ounces, $327).
Sean Creel earned an additional $210 as the co-angler big-bass award winner with a 7-pound, 8-ounce bass.
The Seminole Division’s next event will be the division’s two-day Super Tournament, which will be held Sept. 23 on the St. Johns River near Palatka, Fla.
Following the regular season, the Seminole 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 Seminole Division boaters and co-anglers based on year-end points standings will advance to the Lake Demopolis Regional Championship near Demopolis, Ala., Oct. 19-21 where they will compete against Choo-Choo, Everglades and Mississippi 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.