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    Walmart Bass Fishing League - All-American

    BFL All-American - Cross Lake (May 19-21, 2011)

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    Wheeler wins on Cross Lake

    20-year-old Indianapolis angler the youngest BFL All-American champion

    SHREVEPORT, La. (May 21, 2011) - Jacob Wheeler of Indianapolis, Ind., caught a

    five-bass limit weighing 7 pounds, 9 ounces Saturday to become the 2011 BFL

    All-American champion and win $100,000. Wheeler caught a total of 15 bass that

    weighed 36-3 for the three day event. Jake Morris of McKee, Ky., came in second

    place with a tournament total of 12 bass weighing 27 pounds, 1 ounce to win

    $20,000. The Walmart BFL All-American presented by Chevy

    was held on Cross Lake in Shreveport, La., May 19-21 and featured the top 49

    boaters and top 49 co-anglers from across the country.

    "This is the biggest thing that has ever happened to me in my entire life. It is

    life changing," said the 20-year-old Wheeler, who is fishing in his first BFL

    All-American. "I have been fishing since I was two and dreaming about becoming a

    pro fisherman since I was four. I have been draining my bank account every

    tournament to fish. This was a great day and has been a great week.

    "Everything just seemed to go my way this week," added Wheeler. "I spent a lot

    of time practicing down here and learning the lake. On the first day I went to

    an area where a pond was being drained into the lake which caused a current. It

    was loaded with fish. That was really why I had the success I did to start the

    tournament. I went back on day two but the pump had been turned off and I had to

    adjust a little bit. This lake is full of fish and you just have to find those

    key areas.

    "On day one I did a lot of running and gunning. Days two and three I really

    slowed down," Wheeler went on to say. "My strategy was to maintain my lead and

    try to bring home the win. I mostly sat on one spot and worked through it. I

    caught most of my fish on tubes. I caught my biggest one today with a Pop-R. I

    feel so blessed."

    The final top 10 boaters in the All-American are:

    3rd: Charles Cummings, Leeds, Ala., 14 bass, 24-10, $15,000 plus

    $8,000 Ranger Cup bonus

    4th: Lloyd Pickett Jr., Bartlett, Tenn., 12 bass, 23-6, $14,000

    plus $7,000 Ranger Cup bonus

    5th: Mike Hicks, Goochland, Va., 10 bass, 22-14, $13,000 plus

    $6,000 Ranger Cup bonus

    6th: George Kapiton, Inverness, Fla., eight bass, 22-7, $12,000

    plus $5,000 Ranger Cup bonus

    7th: Mike Brueggen, La Crosse, Wis., seven bass, 21-12, $11,000

    8th: Kip Carter, Loganville, Ga., eight bass, 19-14, $10,000

    9t9: Harry Barton, Sterrett, Ala., 10 bass, 18-0, $9,000

    10th: Don Boeger, Caldwell, Idaho, nine bass, 16-1, $8,000

    For a full list of results visit .

    Overall there were 27 bass weighing 54 pounds, 7 ounces caught by 10 boaters

    Saturday. The catch included two five-bass limits.

    Wheeler's victory has qualified him for the 2011 Forrest Wood Cup presented by

    Walmart, the world championship of bass fishing. This year's Cup is being held

    in Hot Springs, Ark., Aug. 11-14 on Lake Ouachita where pros are competing for a

    top prize of $600,000 - the sport's biggest award.

    Shane Winchester of Glasgow, Ky., won the Co-angler Division and $50,000

    Saturday with a total of nine bass weighing 22-2 followed by Kyle Radake of Cape

    Girardeau, Mo., in second place with 10 bass weighing 17-0 worth $15,000.

    "My goal coming into the tournament was to catch five small fish each day," said

    Winchester. "I didn't do that. I was lucky enough to land that 8 pounder on the

    first day and that's what really carried me through the tournament.

    "I was able to mostly do the same thing all week," Winchester went on to say. "I

    was using a Roboworm skipping docks and tress. I would throw the bait very

    slowly and slightly shake it after it fell. I am so excited to be going to the

    Forrest Wood Cup. Hopefully it will turn out like this.

    The remaining top 10 co-anglers finished the tournament in:

    3rd: David Williams, Fredericksburg, Va., eight bass, 13-6,


    4th: Kermit Crowder, Matoaca, Va., eight bass, 12-11, $5,000

    plus $1,600 Ranger Cup bonus

    5th: Greg Gilley, Orange Beach, Ala., five bass, 12-6, $4,500

    6th: Kevin Crady, Desoto, Mo., six bass, 12-1, $4,000

    7th: Tyler Wood, Collinsville, Miss., four bass, 11-2, $3.500

    8th: Gerrit Goins, Cleveland, Tenn., seven bass, 11-0, $3,000

    9th: Jason Hester, Haleyville, Ala., six bass, 9-15, 2,500 plus

    $1,100 Ranger Cup bonus

    10th: Tony Grubb, Ann Arbor, Mich., eight bass, 8-11, $2,000

    For a full list of results visit .

    Overall there were 16 bass weighing 25 pounds, 7 ounces caught by 10 co-anglers

    Saturday. The catch included only one five-bass limit.

    Winchester will also competein the 2011 Forrest Wood Cup.

    Coverage of the BFL All-American tournament will be broadcast in high-definition

    (HD) on VERSUS. "FLW Outdoors," will air Sept. 4 from 1 to 2 p.m. ET. "FLW

    Outdoors," hosted by Jason Harper, is broadcast to more than 500 million

    households worldwide.

    The BFL is a 24-division circuit devoted to weekend anglers, offering bigger

    prizes to those who qualify for regional championships and those who make it to

    the BFL All-American. Top winners in the BFL can move up to the EverStart Series

    or even the FLW Tour.

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