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    Walmart Bass Fishing League - Regional

    KY -Barkley Lake Regional (Oct. 2-4, 2008)


    Fitzpatrick wins Walmart BFL Regional on Kentucky-Barkley lakes

    Boater Brian Fitzpatrick of La Crosse, Wis., earned a fully rigged Ranger 198VX and a new Chevy truck as the winner of the BFL Regional on Kentucky-Barkley lakes.

    GILBERTSVILLE, Ky. — Boater Brian Fitzpatrick of La Crosse, Wis., earned a fully rigged Ranger 198VX and a new Chevy truck Saturday as the winner of the Walmart Bass Fishing League Regional Championship on Kentucky-Barkley lakes in Gilbertsville, Ky. The top 40 boaters and the top 40 co-anglers from the Arkie, Buckeye, Great Lakes and Illini divisions competed in the three-day event.

    Fitzpatrick’s winning three-day catch of 15 bass weighed 41 pounds, 11 ounces. In addition to the new truck and boat, Fitzpatrick earned a ticket to the 2009 $1 million Walmart Bass Fishing League All-American presented by Chevy. With a top boater award of $140,000 and a top co-angler award of $70,000, the All-American is one of the most prestigious tournaments in bass fishing. The winning boater and co-angler at the All-American will also advance to the $2 million 2009 Forrest Wood Cup, where pros will fish for a top award of $1 million – the sport’s biggest payday.

    Fitzpatrick said he caught his winning bass on a spinnerbait and soft plastic frog around weed lines near Paris Landing.

    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 Gabe Herrington of Malvern, Ark. (15 bass, 40-14, $4,000); Jason Slagstad of Rice Lake, Wis. (15 bass, 40-12, $2,000); David Young of Mayfield, Ky. (14 bass, 39-8, $1,600); Bobby McMullin of Pevely, Mo. (13 bass, 36-13, $1,200); and Mike Brueggen of Cashton, Wis. (12 bass, 31-12, $1,000).

    Terrance Narveson of Russellville, Ark., earned a new Ranger boat as the co-angler winner, thanks to a three-day total of 10 bass weighing 25 pounds, 11 ounces that he caught on buzzbaits and other topwater baits near Paris Landing.

    Rounding out the top six co-anglers were Leland Davis of Fort Smith, Ark. (nine bass, 24-2, $2,000); Keith Lambert of Benton, Ark. (eight bass, 19-15, $1,000); Gary Bettis of Olney, Ill. (seven bass, 19-13, $800); Timothy Lane of Momence, Ill. (eight bass, 18-14, $600); and Chance Stone of Nashville, Ark. (six bass, 18-4, $500).

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