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    Walmart Bass Fishing League - Chevy Wild Card

    Lake Guntersville (Oct. 26-27, 2012)


    Ashley wins BFL Chevy Wild Card tourney on Lake Guntersville

    Boater Darren Ashley of Calhoun Falls, S.C., won the 2012 Walmart BFL Chevy Truck Wild Card tournament on Lake Guntersville with a total, two-day catch of 39 pounds, 11 ounces. For his efforts, Ashley walked away with over $4,000 in winnings.
    Stephens wins co-angler title

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. – Darren Ashley of Calhoun Falls, S.C., won the Walmart Bass Fishing League (BFL) Chevy Wild Card on Lake Guntersville with a two-day total of 10 bass weighing 39 pounds, 11 ounces. For his victory, Ashley won $4,112 and entry into the BFL All-American presented by Chevy.

    The Chevy Wild Card tournament is a last-chance effort for BFL anglers to qualify for the BFL All-American, the longest running championship in competitive bass fishing. This tournament featured 136 BFL anglers from around the country who had entered all five BFL tournaments in any one division this season, paid their entry fees but did not qualify for a regional event.

    “My main goal was to qualify for the All-American,” said Ashley, who will be making his first trip to the All-American in 2013. “It wasn’t about the win or even the money. It was about making the All-American, and I accomplished that goal.

    “From all the dock talk I had heard going into the tournament everyone thought it was going to be a slugfest around the bridges using the Alabama rig. So I headed to Guntersville with a boat load of Alabama rigs and frogs and hit every bridge I could find during practice. I caught one tiny fish. I was heartbroken. The two things I knew how to do weren’t working.”

    After throwing the frog with little success during practice, Ashley went back to the Alabama rig and found three areas away from bridges that were productive for him. He was targeting scattered grass in 12 to 14 feet of water. Ashley said that if it was going to happen for him, it was going to happen with one bait (the Alabama rig) and in three places. The key for Ashley was holding his boat in 15 feet of water while casting to slightly shallower areas. Ashley said the bass were chasing white perch and had positioned themselves underneath the perch.

    “I don’t care what anybody says,” Ashley went on to say. “The Alabama rig is an awesome bait. It triggers the suspended bass into biting, which is an incredibly hard thing to do. The schooling mentality is a heck of a concept. Guntersville is an unreal lake. I have never seen so many schools of large bass in all my life. I didn’t want to come off the water.”

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

    1st: Darren Ashley, Calhoun Falls, S.C., 10 bass, 39-11, $4,112

    2nd: Mike Harris, Watkinsville, Ga., 10 bass, 34-1

    3rd: Kerry Milner, Bono, Ark., 10 bass, 32-9, $2,056

    4th: Corey Bradley, McDonald, Tenn., 10 bass, 30-10, $1,553

    5th: Lionel Botha, Okeechobee, Fla., eight bass, 29-2, $1,097

    6th: Gary Isgrigg, Mt. Washington, Ky., 10 bass, 28-10

    Rounding out the top 10 boaters:

    7th: Jody Hughes, Baldwin, Ga., 10 bass, 27-10, $868

    8th: Stacey Edwards, Milton, Ky., 10 bass, 27-9, $777

    9th: Tyler Matlock, Omaha, Ark., 10 bass, 25-6, $685

    10th: Dustin McKinney, Glasgow, Ky., eight bass, 25-1, $617

    Complete Boater Division results can be found here.

    Stephens crowned winner in Co-angler Division

    Co-angler Ernest Stephens of Orrum, N.C., took home top honors at the 2012 Walmart BFL Chevy Trucks Wild Card tournament on Lake Guntersville with a total catch of 29 pounds, 12 ounces. Stephens ultimately won over $2,300 in winnings.Ernest Stephens of Orrum, N.C., won the Co-angler Division with a two-day total of 10 bass totaling 29 pounds, 12 ounces. Stephens won $2,346 plus a berth in the BFL All-American.

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

    1st: Ernest Stephens, Orrum, N.C., 10 bass, 29-12, $2,346

    2nd: Josh Fordham, Glencoe, Ala., nine bass, 25-1, $1,173

    3rd: Marcus Dudley, Twinsburg, Ohio, five bass, 15-5, $886

    4th: Mitchell Staples Sr., Colonial Beach, Va., five bass, 15-2, $626

    5th: Bob Brown, Seneca, S.C., five bass, 15-1

    6th: Katie Jackson, High Springs, Fla., six bass, 14-0, $495

    Rounding out the top 10 co-anglers:

    7th: Jerry Armstrong, Shelbyville, Tenn., five bass, 13-1, $443

    8th: W.K. Luckett Jr., Ridgeland, Miss., four bass, 12-0, $391

    9th: John Davis, Fort Lauderdale, Fla., four bass, 11-15, $352

    10th: Morgan McLain, Lenexa, Kan., four bass, 11-14

    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 2013 BFL All-American is scheduled for June 26-29 on Nickajack Lake near Chattanooga, Tenn. Top winners in the BFL can move up to the EverStart Series or even the Walmart FLW Tour.

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