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    Walmart Bass Fishing League - North Carolina

    Kerr Lake (May 3, 2008)


    Kemp outfishes field on Kerr Lake


    HENDERSON, N.C. — Boater William Kemp of Scotland Neck, N.C., won the Wal-Mart Bass Fishing League North Carolina Division tournament on Kerr Lake Saturday with a five-bass catch weighing 14 pounds, 9 ounces. The victory earned Kemp $4,352 and placed him one step closer to qualifying for the Cherokee Lake Regional Championship in Morristown, Tenn., Oct. 16-18, where he could ultimately win a new 198VX Ranger boat and a Chevy truck.

    “It was kind of a tough bite,” Kemp said. “Most of them were about 2-pound fish. I had nine rods on the deck, and I caught fish on about every rod I had out.”

    Kemp’s five best fish were caught on a spinnerbait, flipping or on topwater. He hooked 18-20 keepers for the day on the lower end of the lake, from the Nutbrush Creek to Eastland Creek area.

    Rounding out the top five boaters are Maurice Freeze of Concord, N.C. (five bass, 14-4, $2,133); David Wright of Lexington, N.C. (five bass, 14-4, $2,133); Chad Poteat of Mount Airy, N.C. (five bass, 13-15, $1,195); and Chris Baldwin of Lexington, N.C. (five bass, 13-13, $1,024).

    Poteat took home the Boater Division Snickers Big Bass award, earning $790 for a 6-pound, 6-ounce bass he caught on a jig in the bushes.

    Ken Fender of Dallas, N.C., earned $2,561 as the co-angler winner Saturday thanks to five bass weighing 10 pounds, 8 ounces that he caught on a jig and a floating worm.

    Rounding out the top five co-anglers are Michael Davis of New London, N.C. (five bass, 10-6, $1,280); John M. Cook of Matthews, N.C. (four bass, 9-15, $726); Bobby Henderson of Charlotte, N.C. (five bass, 9-15, $726); and Zach Lyles of Mooresville, N.C. (four bass, 9-13, $512).

    Justin Burleson of Albemarle, N.C., earned $395 as the co-angler Big Bass winner after catching a 5-pound, 13-ounce bass he caught on a spinnerbait while fishing bushes.

    North Carolina Division anglers will visit Lake High Rock Lake in Salisbury, N.C., June 21 for their fourth regular-season event. A two-day Super Tournament, the division’s fifth and final event, will be held on Lake Norman in Terrell, N.C., Sept. 13-14.

    Following the end of regular-season competition, the top 40 boaters and 40 co-anglers based on year-end points standings in the division will advance to the no-entry-fee Cherokee Lake Regional Championship where they will compete against top qualifiers from three other BFL divisions. At the Regional Championship boaters will fish for a new Ranger boat and Chevy truck and co-anglers will fish for a new Ranger boat. The top six boaters and top six co-anglers at the Regional Championship will also advance to the All-American presented by Chevy. With a total purse of $1 million, a potential $140,000 cash prize going to the winning boater and as much as $70,000 going to the winning co-angler, the All-American is one of the most prestigious and lucrative events in bass fishing. The winning boater and winning co-angler at the All-American also advance to the no-entry-fee $2 million Forrest Wood Cup. This event, featuring a top award of $1 million, is the sport’s biggest championship.

    Tournament anglers aren’t the only ones winning big this season. With the introduction of FLW Fantasy Fishing, FLW Outdoors offers anyone the opportunity to enter for their chance to land the catch of a lifetime with the opportunity to win $7.3 million in cash and prizes. Players can become a virtual pro angler by signing up for Player’s Advantage, providing them with exclusive insider information that could guide them to a $100,000 victory at every Wal-Mart FLW Tour stop and the Forrest Wood Cup. Player’s Advantage will give them an edge over the competition and increase their shot for a $1 million cash grand prize that will be awarded to the FLW Fantasy Fishing cumulative points winner. Those who visit today can sign up for Player’s Advantage and FLW Outdoors will include a $15 Wal-Mart gift card.

    The $8.8 million Wal-Mart Bass Fishing League features 28 divisions nationwide. In BFL competition, boaters and co-anglers are randomly paired. Boaters supply the boat and fish from the front deck against other boaters while co-anglers compete from the back deck against other co-anglers.

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    Total awards are based on a full field of 200 boats in every tournament.