Walmart Bass Fishing League - Savannah River
Clarks Hill Lake (March 1, 2008)
APPLING, Ga. — Boater Todd Pearson of Anderson, S.C., won the Wal-Mart Bass Fishing League Savannah River Division tournament on Clarks Hill Lake Saturday with a five-bass catch weighing 19 pounds, 13 ounces. The victory earned Pearson $4,270 plus a $753 Ranger contingency bonus and placed him one step closer to qualifying for the Lake Seminole Regional Championship in Bainbridge, Ga., Oct. 16-18, where he could ultimately win a new 198VX Ranger boat and a Chevy truck.
Pearson caught his bass on a deep-diving crankbait at the mouth of a cove on the main lake points.
“The fish were shallow early,” said Pearson. “I was using a stop-and-go retrieve and letting it fall down in the grass. Later in the day, I was catching pockets on a jerk bait where were suspended in 18 to 20 feet of water in the tree tops.”
Rounding out the top five boaters are Brent Story of Altanta, Ga. (five bass, 19-11, $2,512); Doug Oellerich of Evans, Ga. (five bass, 18-11, $1,674); Tim Jones of North Augusta, S.C. (five bass, 17-6, $1,172) and Rick Steckelberg of Gainsville, Ga. (five bass, 17-4, $1,005).
Pearson took home the Boater Division Snickers Big Bass award, earning $775 for a 9-pound, 9-ounce bass he caught on a crankbait.
Keith Thomasson of Abbeville, S.C., earned $2,512 as the co-angler winner Saturday thanks to five bass weighing 12 pounds, 5 ounces that he caught fishing shallow, flat pockets with stumps.
Rounding out the top five co-anglers are Randall Ertzberger of Inman, S.C. (three bass, 11-6, $1,047); Robbie McHone of Fountain Inn, S.C. (five bass, 11-6, $1,047); Wyman Weeks of Liberty, S.C. (five bass, 9-3, $586) and Jim Morris of Anderson, S.C. (four bass, 8-15, $502).
Matt Deuffel earned $387 as the co-angler Big Bass winner after catching an 8-pound bass.
Savannah River Division anglers will visit Lake Hartwell in Clemson, S.C., April 5 for their third regular-season event, followed by an event on Lake Russell in Elberton, Ga., May 3. A two-day Super Tournament, the division’s fifth and final event, will be held on Clarks Hill Lake in Appling, Ga., Sept. 6-7.
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 Seminole 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 will be awarding the largest fantasy sports payout in history. 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 FantasyFishing.com 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.
For more information about FLW Outdoors and its tournaments, visit FLWOutdoors.com or call (270) 252-1000. For more information about FLW Fantasy Fishing and Player’s Advantage, visit FantasyFishing.com.
Total awards are based on a full field of 200 boats in every tournament.