Walmart Bass Fishing League - Mississippi
Tom Bigby/JP. Coleman (April 12, 2008)
IUKA, Miss. — Boater Darrell Hardin of Cordova, Tenn., won the Wal-Mart Bass Fishing League Mississippi Division tournament on the Tombigbee Waterway Saturday with a five-bass catch weighing 17 pounds even. The victory earned Hardin $4,105 and placed him one step closer to qualifying for the Wheeler Lake Regional Championship in Decatur, Ala., Oct. 9-11, where he could ultimately win a new 198VX Ranger boat and a Chevy truck.
“We started off fishing a flat in the middle of a creek,” said Hardin, who is a four-year veteran of the Wal-Mart Bass Fishing League. “As soon as I cut the motor off, my co-angler caught two fish on a Rat-L-Trap and I hadn’t even got the trolling motor down. I thought they were really going to be on there, but we fished for another hour and a half and never caught another fish.”
Hardin said he relocated to a bluff bank and immediately began catching keepers on a 5/8-ounce white spinnerbait. Thirty minutes after he relocated, Hardin began culling fish. Hardin said he caught 25 to 30 fish throughout the day.
“The most nervous part of the day for me was getting back to the weigh-in and hoping something didn’t jump out of my weigh-in bag,” Hardin said.
Rounding out the top five boaters are Brad McCulley of Batesville, Miss. (five bass, 16-12, $2,415); Keith Glasgow of Guin, Ala. (five bass, 15-14, $1,609); Steve Jones of Moss Point, Miss. (five bass, 14-13, $1,127) and Charles Watts of Corinth, Miss. (five bass, 14-6, $966).
Tommy Fraiser of Booneville, Miss., took home the Boater Division Snickers Big Bass award, earning $720 for a 7-pound, 1-ounce bass he caught on a chrome and black Rat-L-Trap.
Kevin Wisnoski of Canton, Miss., earned $2,348 as the co-angler winner Saturday thanks to five bass weighing 15 pounds, 8 ounces that he caught on a crankbait. The tournament was Wisnoski’s first day to fish the Tombigbee Waterway.
Rounding out the top five co-anglers are Mark Vanblaricom of Arlington, Tenn. (five bass, 13-3, $1,174); Tyler Wood of Collinsville, Miss. (five bass, 11-0, $781); Larry McNeal of Ridgeland, Miss. (five bass, 10-3, $548) and Ronnie Gordon of Horn Lake, Miss. (five bass, 9-15, $470).
John Breeden earned $350 as the co-angler Big Bass winner after catching a 5-pound, 7-ounce bass on a shaky-head rig on his first cast of the day.
Mississippi Division anglers will visit Columbus Pool in Columbus, Miss., May 17 for their third regular-season event. The division’s fourth qualifying event will be held on Tunica Lake in Tunica, Miss., June 14. A two-day Super Tournament, the division’s fifth and final event, will be held on Lake Ferguson in Greenville, Miss., 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 Wheeler 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.
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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.