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    Walmart Bass Fishing League - Great Lakes

    Mississippi River-Prairie Du Chien (Aug. 24, 2013)


    Miller locks to victory on Mighty Miss

    Rick Miller of Eastman, Wis., won the Aug. 24 Great Lakes Division event on the Mississippi River out of Prairie Du Chien with a 17-pound, 5-ounce limit. Miller was awarded a check for nearly $4,000 thanks to his victory.
    Barnard, Brenic share co-angler title

    PRAIRIE DU CHIEN, Wis. – Rick Miller of Eastman, Wis., weighed a five-bass limit totaling 17 pounds, 5 ounces Saturday to win the Walmart Bass Fishing League Great Lakes Division event on the Mississippi River at Prairie Du Chien. For his victory, Miller earned $3,963.

    “My experience on the river was a huge part of my victory,” said Miller. “I’ve been retired for three years now, and I fish Pool No. 9 every day. I locked there for this event and was running and gunning, hitting a bunch of different isolated spots for one or two fish off of each. I mainly concentrated on the weedlines in the main-river channel and fished very slowly.”

    Miller said that he caught around 10 keepers on the day, with six coming via a black-and-blue- or brown-colored Marv Miller Flippin’ Jig and four coming on a white Hutch Swimming Jig with a white 5-inch Luck “E” Strike grub.

    “The key for me was finding the current – either with weeds or rocks,” Miller went on to say. “All of my fish came from 10 feet of water or less. My St. Croix rods were crucial as well. The bite was very subtle, and the sensitivity of those rods were a huge benefit to me.”

    Rounding out the top 10 pros:

    2nd: Brian Fitzpatrick, La Crosse, Wis., five bass, 16-0, $1,981

    3rd: John Berrens, Weyauwega, Wis., five bass, 13-12, $1,322

    4th: Mark Myers, Cedar Falls, Iowa, five bass, 13-11, $925

    5th: Rich Lindgren, Lakeville, Minn., five bass, 13-10, $793

    6th: Clayton Reitz, Morton, Ill., five bass, 13-5, $727

    7th: Terry Fitzpatrick, Waukon, Iowa, five bass, 12-10, $660

    8th: Caleb Kuphall, Mukwonago, Wis., five bass, 12-8, $594

    9th: Brad Liefermann, Andover, Minn., five bass, 12-7, $528

    10th: Steve Johnson, Lake Villa, Ill., five bass, 12-5, $462

    Complete results can be found here.

    Barnard, Brenic tie for co-angler honors

    Co-anglers Adam Barnard of Burlington, Wis., and Jason Brenic of Sussex, Wis., tied for the victory in the Aug. 24 Great Lakes Division event on the Mississippi River with 12-pound, 2-ounce limits. They both received checks worth over $1,400 for their efforts.Adam Barnard of Burlington, Wis., and Jason Brenic of Sussex, Wis., both weighed five-bass limits totaling 12 pounds, 2 ounces Saturday to each win $1,486 in the co-angler division.

    Rounding out the top 10 co-anglers:

    3rd: Stefan Marginean, Glenview, Ill., five bass, 10-8, $662

    4th: Matt Houman, Chisago City, Minn., five bass, 9-6, $462

    5th: Ron Check, Prairie Du Chien, Wis., four bass, 9-3, $396

    6th: Dennis Marcinek, Chicago, Ill., four bass, 8-14, $363

    7th: Matt Knox, Washington, Ill., four bass, 8-2, $330

    8th: Matthew Frisk, Sparta, Wis., four bass, 7-12, $297

    9th: Jason Howland, Albert Lea, Minn., four bass, 7-11, $264

    10th: Lawrence Ecklor, Coon Valley, Wis., four bass, 7-10, $231

    Complete co-angler results can be found here.

    The final BFL Great Lakes Division tournament of 2013 is scheduled for Sept. 21-22 on the Mississippi River in La Crosse, Wis. After that last divisional tournament is complete, the top 40 boaters and 40 co-anglers based on point standings will qualify for the Oct. 10-12 Regional Championship on Kentucky Lake in Gilbertsville, Ky. 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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