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    Walmart Bass Fishing League - Regional

    Kerr Lake (Oct. 11-13, 2012)


    Marshall grabs BFL Regional title on Kerr

    Chris Marshall of Forest City, N.C., won the Oct. 11-13 BFL Regional on Kerr Lake with a three-day total weight of 37 pounds, 8 ounces. Marshall took home a new Ranger boat and motor package along with a Chevy 1500 Silverado for his victory.
    Cook wins co-angler crown

    HENDERSON, N.C. – Chris Marshall of Forest City, N.C., won the Walmart Bass Fishing League (BFL) Regional on Kerr Lake with a three-day total of 14 bass weighing 37 pounds, 8 ounces. For his victory, Marshall won a Ranger Z518 with a 200-horsepower Evinrude or Mercury outboard plus a Chevy 1500 Silverado and entry into the BFL All-American presented by Chevy. This regional tournament featured the top 40 boaters and 40 co-anglers from each of the Mountain, Northeast, Shenandoah and South Carolina divisions.

    “I’m just so extremely excited,” said Marshall. “It has been one of my life-long goals to take that next step and move up the ladder in my fishing career. I can’t wait for the All-American. I’m going to put every ounce of effort that I can into that tournament. I want to fish in the Forrest Wood Cup.”

    Marshall qualified for the BFL All-American by fishing shallow in the northern end of Kerr Lake. Each day he would run 35 minutes from the takeoff site and fish one main area and target a two-mile stretch of water near the Rolling Oak and Dan Rivers. Marshall targeted boat docks and log-jams he had located during his practice period.

    “I had three days of practice coming into this event, and the fishing was just awesome,” Marshall said. “Then the day before the tournament we had a major cold front and high pressure system come through. The fishing went from really good to really tough.

    “I was getting 15 bites a day in practice,” Marshall continued. “But once the tournament started, I was only averaging about eight bites a day. The bite was definitely better in the afternoon. Every day, I would only have two fish at noon and I would start to get nervous. Then the bite picked up, and from noon to 2 p.m. I would usually fill out my limit.”

    Marshall threw a homemade ½-ounce brown and orange-colored jig, trailered with an Alabama craw-colored Netbait Kickin B Chunk for the first two days of competition, but switched to a chatterbait on the final day because of the tough conditions.

    “Saturday was by far the toughest day on the water,” Marshall said. “I had to switch to the chatterbait to look for that reaction bite. They wanted nothing to do with my jig. I only had four fish on Saturday, and I lost a 2½-pounder late in the afternoon. I was so scared coming to the scales; I thought that I had lost the fish that was going to win me the tournament.

    “I couldn’t have been happier when I was announced the winner,” Marshall went on to say. “I knew that the winning fish were in my area. I just had to adjust and slow way down from what I was fishing in practice. I would cast 8 to 10 times to the same spot before I could get them to bite. The key for me was really just patience.”

    The top six boaters that qualified for the BFL All-American:

    1st: Chris Marshall, Forest City, N.C., 14 bass, 37-8, Ranger Z518 with 200-horsepower outboard + Chevy 1500 Silverado

    2nd: Spencer Barrow, Snow Hill, N.C., 15 bass, 37-6, $1,500

    3rd: Maurice Freeze, Concord, N.C., 15 bass, 33-12, $1,100

    4th: Robert Walser, Lexington, N.C., 15 bass, 33-9, $1,000

    5th: Michael Murphy, Lexington, S.C., 15 bass, 33-4, $900

    6th: Dennis Reedy, Siler City, N.C., 14 bass, 32-13, $800

    Rounding out the top 10 pros:

    7th: Michael Belter, Reidsville, N.C., 13 bass, 29-15, $700

    8th: Daniel McGinnis, Lansdowne, Ontario, 11 bass, 29-6, $650

    9th: Lyn Langston, Timmonsville, S.C., 10 bass, 29-2, $600

    10th: C. Shane Burns, Durham, N.C., 12 bass, 27-6, $550

    Complete results can be found here.

    Cook captures co-angler title

    Co-angler John Cook of Matthews, N.C., won the Oct. 11-13 BFL Regional on Kerr Lake by weighing 27 pounds, 1 ounce over three days of fishing. For his victory, Matthews was awarded a Ranger boat and motor package. John Cook of Matthews, N.C., won the Co-angler Division with a three-day total of 13 bass totaling 27 pounds, 1 ounce. For his efforts, Cook took home a Ranger Z518 with a 200-horsepower Evinrude or Mercury outboard along with a berth in the BFL All-American.

    The top six co-anglers that qualified for the BFL All-American:

    1st: John Cook, Matthews, N.C., 13 bass, 27-1, Ranger Z518 with 200-horsepower outboard

    2nd: Eddie Cook, Clemmons, N.C., 12 bass, 26-11, $750

    3rd: David Williams, Fredericksburg, Va., 11 bass, 23-13, $550

    4th: D.J. McEachern Jr., Columbia, S.C., 12 bass, 23-13, $500

    5th: Tony Johnson, London, Ky., 10 bass, 22-5, $450

    6th: Ronald Smith, Browns Mills, N.J., 10 bass, 20-11, $400

    Rounding out the top 10 co-anglers:

    7th: Michael Smith, Piedmont, S.C., 10 bass, 18-13, $350

    8th: Jordan Johnson, Warrenville, S.C., seven bass, 15-9, $325

    9th: Stuart Toney, Raeford, N.C., six bass, 14-6, $300

    10th: Mark Major, Lancaster, Ky., six bass, 13-8, $275

    Complete co-angler results can be found here.

    The BFL is a 24-division circuit devoted to weekend anglers, with 120 tournaments throughout the season, five in each division. The top 40 boaters and co-anglers from each division qualify for a regional tournament and compete to finish in the top six, which then qualifies them for one of the longest-running championships in all of competitive bass fishing – the Walmart BFL All-American presented by Chevy. Top winners in the BFL can move up to the EverStart Series or even the Walmart FLW Tour.

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