Walmart Bass Fishing League - Regional
Wright Patman (Oct. 19-21, 2006)
TEXARKANA, Texas — Boater Jamey Black of Sheridan, Ark., earned a fully rigged Ranger 519VX and a new Chevy truck Saturday as winner of the Wal-Mart Bass Fishing League Regional event on Wright Patman lake. The top 40 boaters and the top 40 co-anglers from the Arkie, Cowboy, Louisiana and Okie divisions competed in the three-day event.
Black’s winning three-day catch of 11 bass weighed 30 pounds. In addition to the new truck and boat, Black earned a ticket to the 2007 $1 million Wal-Mart Bass Fishing League All-American, one of the most prestigious tournaments in bass fishing, where the winning boater will earn as much as $140,000 and the winning co-angler will earn as much as $70,000.
The top six boaters and the top six co-anglers at the regional championship earned a spot to compete in the All-American. Rounding out the top six boaters were Ricky Campbell of Waxahachie, Texas (12 bass, 25 pounds, 9 ounces, $4,000); Brandon Rhoden of Grapevine, Ark. (nine bass, 24 pounds, 12 ounces, $2,000); Dicky Newberry of Houston, Texas (12 bass, 22 pounds, 7 ounces, $1,600); Shonn Goodwin of Moore, Okla. (eight bass, 19 pounds, 11 ounces, $1,200); and Matthew Mize of Ben Lomond, Ark. (11 bass, 19 pounds, 1 ounce, $1,000).
Campbell earned an additional $500 as winner of the Ranger Cup award.
Blake Wilson of Prattsville, Ark., earned a new Ranger boat as the co-angler winner, thanks to a three-day total of six bass weighing 20 pounds, 4 ounces.
Rounding out the top six co-anglers were Ray Cates of Texarkana, Ark. (10 bass, 19 pounds, 8 ounces, $2,000); Wade Garcia of Alma, Ark. (seven bass, 16 pounds, 11 ounces, $1,000); Chad Hartzog of Bush, La. (eight bass, 15 pounds, 15 ounces, $800); Kenny Laxson of Lexa, Ark. (five bass, 13 pounds, 3 ounces, $600); and John Stottlemeyr of Luther, Okla. (five bass, 12 pounds, $500).
As the nation’s leading provider of affordable, close-to-home weekend tournaments, the BFL is widely credited with opening competitive bass fishing to the masses. It also serves as a steppingstone for anglers who wish to advance to the Stren Series and ultimately the Wal-Mart FLW Tour – bass fishing’s most lucrative tournament series. Former BFL anglers who have become fishing superstars on the Wal-Mart FLW Tour include Kellogg’s pro Clark Wendlandt, Ranger pro Tommy Biffle and four-time FLW Tour champion David Fritts.
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 about FLW Outdoors and its tournament programs, browse FLWOutdoors.com or call (270) 252-1000.
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.