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    Walmart Bass Fishing League - Cowboy

    Richland Chambers (April 26, 2008)


    Beckmann bests BFL field on Richland Chambers Reservoir

    Boater Mark Beckmann of Bryan, Texas, won the April 26 BFL Cowboy Division tournament on Richland Chambers Reservoir to earn $2,124.

    CORSICANA, Texas — Boater Mark Beckmann of Bryan, Texas, won the Wal-Mart Bass Fishing League Cowboy Division tournament on Richland Chambers Reservoir Saturday with a five-bass catch weighing 20 pounds, 11 ounces. The victory earned Beckmann $2,124 and placed him one step closer to qualifying for the Lake Ouachita Regional Championship in Mount Ida, Ark., Oct. 23-25, where he could ultimately win a new 198VX Ranger boat and a Chevy truck.

    Beckmann caught his limit on a 1-ounce white Rat-L-Trap.

    Rounding out the top five boaters are Kit Getchell of Granbury, Texas (five bass, 20-7, $1,250); John Byler of Irving, Texas (five bass, 17-6, $833); Terry Hawkins of Corsicana, Texas (five bass, 15-11, $583); and Darrell Campbell of Trophy Club, Texas (five bass, 14-6, $500).

    Hawkins took home the Boater Division Snickers Big Bass award, earning $260 for a 6-pound, 10-ounce bass he caught on a Carolina-rigged creature bait.

    Scottie Owen of Hamilton, Texas, earned $1,250 as the co-angler winner Saturday thanks to five bass weighing 17 pounds, 1 ounce that he caught on a Carolina-rigged tube.

    Rounding out the top five co-anglers are Nathan Bourque of Humble, Texas (five bass, 14-14, $625); Rick Pritchard of Huntsville, Texas (three bass, 12-0, $416); David Connelly of Trenton, Texas (three bass, 10-3, $292); and Scott Douda of Frisco, Texas (three bass, 8-12, $250).

    Owen earned $130 as the co-angler Big Bass winner after catching a 6-pound, 3-ounce bass in grass near the dam.

    A two-day Super Tournament, the Cowboy division’s fifth and final event, will be held on Lake Texoma in Denison, Texas, Oct. 4-5.

    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 Ouachita 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.