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Walmart Bass Fishing League - Gator
St. John's River (Sept. 20-21, 2008)
Fitzgerald wins Walmart BFL event on St. John’s River
PALATKA, Fla. — Boater Trevor Fitzgerald of Ocklawaha, Fla., won the Walmart Bass Fishing League Gator Division Super Tournament on the St. John’s River with a two-day catch of 10 bass weighing 34 pounds, 4 ounces. The victory earned Fitzgerald $4,417.
Fitzgerald said he caught his bass by throwing a frog over the top of grass.
Rounding out the top five boaters are Fred Chivington of Welaka, Fla. (10 bass, 29-12, $2,598); Todd Mowery of Jacksonville, Fla. (10 bass, 28-11, $1,733); Cliff Prince of Palatka, Fla. (10 bass, 27-6, $1,213); and Mike Jackson of San Mateo, Fla. (10 bass, 26-8, $1,039).
Fitzgerald took home the Boater Division Snickers Big Bass award, earning $652 for a 9-pound, 9-ounce bass that he caught.
Mike Gipson of Niceville, Fla., earned $2,599 as the co-angler winner thanks to 10 bass weighing 17 pounds, 7 ounces that he caught while fishing a soft plastic crawfish over hydrilla.
Rounding out the top five co-anglers are John Brooks of Hernando, Fla. (seven bass, 14-10, $1,299); Raymond Riendeau of Saint Cloud, Fla. (seven bass, 14-1, $867); Robert Crosnoe of Inverness, Fla. (six bass, 13-10, $606); and Dennis Badzinski of Orlando, Fla. (seven bass, 13-0, $520).
Crosnoe earned $326 as the co-angler Big Bass winner after catching a 5-pound bass that he caught on a Bomber crankbait.
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 Lake Murray Regional Championship in Prosperity, S.C., Oct. 23-25, where they will compete against top qualifiers from three other BFL divisions. At the Regional Championship boaters will fish for a new 198VX 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 2009 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 2009 Forrest Wood Cup. This event, featuring a top award of $1 million, is the sport’s biggest championship.
The $8.8 million Walmart 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.
Tournament anglers aren’t the only ones winning big this season. With the introduction of FLW Fantasy Fishing, FLW Outdoors offered 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 could become a virtual pro angler by signing up for Player’s Advantage, which provided them with exclusive insider information that could have guided them to a $100,000 victory at every Walmart FLW Tour stop and the Forrest Wood Cup. Player’s Advantage gave them an edge over the competition and increased their shot for the $1 million cash grand prize awarded to the FLW Fantasy Fishing cumulative points winner. Visit FantasyFishing.com today to find out more information and to register for next season.
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. 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.