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    Walmart Bass Fishing League - Buckeye

    Indian Lake (May 3, 2008)


    Smart wins Wal-Mart BFL event on Indian Lake

    Boater Kent Smart of Dayton, Ohio, won the May 3 BFL Buckeye Division tournament on Indian Lake to earn $4,205.

    LAKE VIEW, Ohio — Boater Kent Smart of Dayton, Ohio, won the Wal-Mart Bass Fishing League Buckeye Division tournament on Indian Lake Saturday with a five-bass catch weighing 12 pounds, 2 ounces. The victory earned Smart $4,205 and placed him one step closer to qualifying for the Kentucky and Barkley Lakes Regional Championship in Gilbertsville, Ky., Oct. 2-4, where he could ultimately win a new 198VX Ranger boat and a Chevy truck.

    Smart used a Sweet Beaver and blue or red jig near lily pads in pockets to catch his bass.

    Rounding out the top five boaters are Chad Lighthizer of Zanesville, Ohio (five bass, 11-11, $2,474); Scott Cooke of Marengo, Ohio (five bass, 10-9, $1,649); Keith Wheelock of Beaver Creek, Ohio (five bass, 10-0, $1,155); and Stuart Eversole of Middletown, Ohio (five bass, 9-12, $990).

    Randy Fosnaugh of Wapakoneta, Ohio, took home the Boater Division Snickers Big Bass award, earning $755 for a 4-pound, 4-ounce bass he caught on a white and chartreuse spinnerbait.

    Steve Sorrell of Beavercreek, Ohio, earned $2,364 as the co-angler winner Saturday thanks to five bass weighing 8 pounds, 3 ounces that he caught on a Texas-rigged green-pumpkin Senko.

    Rounding out the top five co-anglers are Kevin Price of Tipp City, Ohio (five bass, 7-13, $1,182); Clint Bissonett of Beavercreek, Ohio (five bass, 6-8, $788); Bruce Ray of London, Ohio (four bass, 6-6, $552); and David Scales of Bellefontaine, Ohio (two bass, 5-12, $473).

    Brad Dillingham of Ridgeville, Ind., earned $352 as the co-angler Big Bass winner after catching a 3-pound, 15-ounce bass he caught off the banks on a yellow spinnerbait.

    Buckeye Division anglers will visit Grand Lake in St. Marys, Ohio, June 7 for their second regular-season event, followed by an event on the Ohio River in Carrollton, Ky., Aug. 2. The division’s fourth qualifying event will be held on the Ohio River in Maysville, Ky., Aug. 23. A two-day Super Tournament, the division’s fifth and final event, will be held on the Ohio River-Tanner’s Creek in Lawrenceburg, Ind., Sept. 20-21.

    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 Kentucky and Barkley Lakes 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.

    FLW Outdoors, named after Forrest L. Wood, the legendary founder of Ranger Boats, is the largest fishing tournament organization in the world. In 2008 alone the organization is offering more than 90,000 anglers the chance to win over $40 million through 230 tournaments in 10 circuits targeting bass, walleye, redfish, kingfish and striped bass. FLW Outdoors is also taking fishing mainstream with the largest cash awards in the history of fantasy sports, $7.3 million.

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