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    Walmart Bass Fishing League - Gator

    Lake Toho (March 9, 2013)


    Campbell wins Walmart BFL event on Lake Toho

    Boater Luke Campbell of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., won the March 9 Walmart BFL Gator Division event on Lake Toho. Campbell netted a total catch of 22 pounds, 1 ounce to win over $5,300 in prize money.
    Trudel nets Gator Division co-angler title

    KISSIMMEE, Fla. – Luke Campbell of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., weighed a five-bass limit totaling 22 pounds, 1 ounce Saturday to win the Walmart Bass Fishing League Gator Division event on Lake Toho. For his victory, Campbell earned $5,304.

    “I caught them sporadically throughout the day,” said Campbell. “I started with a Gambler Big EZ swimbait and got a few small fish right away. After that I decided to fish some beds that I had marked the day before. I figured that the bigger female bass would be moving in because it was a warm day. There was an 8-pound, 12-ounce bass on the second bed I came to and I ended up catching it with a Gambler BB Cricket. I followed up the bedding fish with a few additional bass on a Snag Proof frog, fishing it in and around the Kissimmee grass. I caught around 18 keepers total.

    “I ran into some motor trouble the day before the tournament,” Campbell went on to say. “Knowing that I wasn’t going to be able to run to Lake Kissimmee like I had wanted, I forced myself to practice the last day on Toho. That’s where I looked for beds and places that had a lot of bait fish. I had confidence in these areas and it ended up working out.”

    Best of the rest

    Rounding out the top 10 boaters:

    2nd: Chris Davis, Lagrange, Ky., five bass, 21-12, $2,652

    3rd: Jim Folks, Melbourne, Fla., five bass, 19-8, $1,768

    4th: Jeremy Tate, Summerfield, Fla., five bass, 19-5, $1,238

    5th: William McKinstry III, Loxahatchee, Fla., five bass, 19-4, $1,061

    6th: Jeffrey Worth, Longwood, Fla., five bass, 18-9, $972

    7th: Jack Hand, Saint Cloud, Fla., five bass, 18-7, $884

    8th: Ryan Worthington, Middleburg, Fla., five bass, 17-7, $884

    9th: Santos Solis, Vero Beach, Fla., five bass, 17-4, $707

    10th: Peter Hund, Jupiter, Fla., five bass, 17-1, $619

    Click here for complete boater results.

    Trudel snares co-angler crown

    Co-angler Jay Trudel of Boca Raon, Fla., won the March 9 Walmart BFL Gator Division event on Lake Toho after landing a total catch of 15 pounds, 7 ounces. Trudel took home over $2,600 in winnings.Jay Trudel of Boca Raton, Fla., weighed a five-bass limit totaling 15 pounds, 7 ounces Saturday to win $2,652 in the co-angler division.

    Best of the rest

    Rounding out the top 10 co-anglers:

    2nd: Charles Alley, Stuart, Fla., four bass, 13-5, $1,326

    3rd: Fernando Rosa, Plantation, Fla., three bass, 12-15, $887

    4th: Richard Niles, Apopka, Fla., five bass, 12-12, $619

    5th: Jacob Castleberry, Cumming, Ga., 12-11, five bass, $530

    6th: Edmundo Rodas, Altamonte Springs, Fla., four bass, 11-14, $486

    7th: Jason Pike, Royal Palm Beach, Fla., four bass, 11-12, $420

    7th: Mark Owen Shumate, Bryceville, Fla., five bass, 11-12, $420

    9th: Mike Bruton, Oakland, Fla., five bass, 11-11, $331

    9th: Joe Ventrello, Orlando, Fla., five bass, 11-11, $331

    Click here for complete co-angler results.

    The next BFL Gator Division tournament is scheduled for April 20 on Lake Toho in Kissimmee, Fla. After the final divisional tournament is complete, the top 40 boaters and 40 co-anglers based on point standings will qualify for the Oct. 3–5 Regional Championship on Lake Guntersville in Guntersville, Ala. 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. The 2013 BFL All-American is being held June 27–29 on the Nickajack Lake in Chattanooga, Tenn. Top winners in the BFL can move up to the EverStart Series or even the Walmart FLW Tour.

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