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    Walmart Bass Fishing League - Arkie

    Lake Hamilton (Sept. 21-22, 2013)


    Hensiek nets title on stingy Lake Hamilton

    Mark Hensiek of Humnoke, Ark., won the Sept. 21-22 Arkie Division Super Tournament on Lake Hamilton with a two-day limit weighing 21 pounds, 6 ounces. For his efforts, Hensiek earned nearly $4,000 in tournament winnings.
    Clark claims co-angler crown

    HOT SPRINGS, Ark. – Mark Hensiek of Humnoke, Ark., weighed in a two-day total of nine bass for 21 pounds, 6 ounces Sunday to win the Walmart Bass Fishing League Arkie Division Super Tournament on Lake Hamilton. For his victory, Hensiek earned $3,971.

    Hensiek flipped a jig for his second BFL-level win and outdistanced the field by nearly 3 pounds on a stingy Lake Hamilton.

    “Practice for me was tough,” said Hensiek. “But I started flipping docks and caught a few, so that was my plan.

    “Saturday I started out on the main lake throwing a topwater bait and I caught one fish,” continued Hensiek. “I had three other areas to fish, but each had a boat on it, so I went up the lake and into a pocket and started throwing a jig.

    “I was alternating,” said Hensiek. “Sometimes I would swim the jig past a pole and kill it, and I caught some just dragging the jig on the bottom. I think by fishing a jig I got better quality bites than some other guys.

    “The second day I did the exact same thing,” relayed Hensiek. “I stuck with the jig and caught all my fish in 10 feet or less. I was going to live and die with that jig.”

    Hensiek said he used a brown-colored 3/4-ounce Omega football jig with a Yamamoto Double Tail Grub and a 3/8-ounce Strike King swim jig with a Zoom Ultra Vibe Speed Craw.

    Rounding out the top 10 pros:

    2nd: Adam Wright, Benton, Ark., 10 bass, 18-10, $1,985

    3rd: Joel Newman, North Little Rock, Ark., eight bass, 17-8, $1,324

    4th: Steve Miller, Belleville, Ark., 10 bass, 17-5, $927

    5th: James Stricklin Jr., Hot Springs, Ark., eight bass, 16-0, $794

    6th: Huey Applegate, Jessieville, Ark., seven bass, 15-6, $728

    7th: Kyle Landers, Benton, Ark., 10 bass, 15-4, $662 + $300 Evinrude Bonus

    8th: Leon Stone, Horatio, Ark., nine bass, 14-13, $596

    9th: Randy Brickell, Royal, Ark., nine bass, 12-15, $529

    10th: Mike Scoggins, Danville, Ark., five bass, 9-3, $463

    Complete results can be found here.

    Clark wins co-angler title

    Co-angler Pete Clark of Malvern, Ark., won the Sept. 21-22 Arkie Division Super Tournament on Lake Hamilton with eight fish weighing 14 pounds, 7 ounces. Clark earned nearly $2,000 for his victory.Pete Clark of Malvern, Ark., weighed in a two-day total of eight bass totaling 14 pounds, 7 ounces Sunday to win $1,986 in the co-angler division.

    Rounding out the top 10 co-anglers:

    2nd: Kerry Barnett, Waldron, Ark., eight bass, 11-8, $993

    3rd: Evan Barnes, London, Ark., eight bass, 11-4, $660

    4th: Stan Cullipher, Malvern, Ark., nine bass, 11-2, $463

    5th: Bradley Barnes, Batesville, Ark., six bass, 9-10, $397

    6th: Kerry Milner, Bono, Ark., seven bass, 9-0, $364

    7th: Brian Choate, Conway, Ark., four bass, 8-5, $331

    8th: Bruce Thompson, Little Rock, Ark., four bass, 7-4, $298

    9th: Vance Bolding, Hot Springs, Ark., six bass, 6-5, $265

    10th: Trevor Wood, Pine Bluff, Ark., five bass, 6-5, $232

    Complete co-angler results can be found here.

    The top 40 boaters and 40 co-anglers based on point standings will qualify for the Oct. 17-19 Regional Championship on Lake Texoma in Pottsboro, Texas. Boaters will compete for a top award of a Ranger Z518 with a 200-horsepower Evinrude or Mercury outboard and a Chevy Silverado, while co-anglers will fish for a new Ranger Z518 with a 200-horsepower Evinrude or Mercury outboard.

    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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