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    Walmart Bass Fishing League - Regional

    Lake Seminole (Oct. 16-18, 2008)


    Gettys best boater at BFL Regional on Lake Seminole

    Boater Edward Gettys of Scottsboro, Ala., earned a fully rigged Ranger 198VX and a new Chevy truck as the winner of the Oct. 16-18 BFL Regional Championship on Lake Seminole in Bainbridge, Ga.

    BAINBRIDGE, Ga. — Boater Edward Gettys of Scottsboro, Ala., earned a fully rigged Ranger 198VX and a new Chevy truck Saturday as the winner of the Walmart Bass Fishing League Regional Championship on Lake Seminole in Bainbridge, Ga. The top 40 boaters and the top 40 co-anglers from the Choo Choo, Everglades, Savannah River and Piedmont divisions competed in the three-day event.

    Gettys’ winning three-day catch of 15 bass weighed 61 pounds, 3 ounces. In addition to the new truck and boat, Gettys earned a ticket to the 2009 $1 million Walmart Bass Fishing League All-American presented by Chevy. With a top boater award of $140,000 and a top co-angler award of $70,000, the All-American is one of the most prestigious tournaments in bass fishing. The winning boater and co-angler at the All-American will also advance to the $2 million 2009 Forrest Wood Cup, where pros will fish for a top award of $1 million – the sport’s biggest payday.

    Gettys said he caught the majority of his keepers flipping deep grass with a watermelon candy-colored soft plastic crawfish in the Spring Creek area.

    The top six boaters and the top six co-anglers at the regional championship earned a spot to compete in the All-American. Rounding out the top six boaters were Johnny Patterson of Grant, Ala. (14 bass, 54-11, $4,000); Corey Bradley of Chattanooga, Tenn. (14 bass, 47-9, $2,000); Bryan Gregory of Fort Payne, Ala. (12 bass, 46-8, $1,600); Allan Cagle of Deltona, Fla. (15 bass, 43-6, $1,200); and Dennis Barnes of Boaz, Ala. (12 bass, 31-2, $1,000).

    Jett Loach of Rossville, Ga., earned a new Ranger boat as the co-angler winner, thanks to a three-day total of 10 bass weighing 31 pounds, 8 ounces.

    Rounding out the top six co-anglers were Jade Keeton of Florence, Ala. (11 bass, 27-10, $2,000); John Hyatt of Leicester, N.C. (10 bass, 24-7, $1,000); Darren Jeter of Marshall, N.C. (11 bass, 22-12, $800); Raymond Riendeau of Saint Cloud, Fla. (eight bass, 20-6, $600); and Ron Jackups of Fairfield, Ohio (six bass, 19-13, $500).

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