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    Walmart Bass Fishing League - Volunteer

    Douglas Lake (May 18, 2013)


    Lilly earns BFL title on Douglas Lake

    Boater Travis Lilly of Bluff City, Tenn., won the May 18 Walmart BFL Volunteer Division event on Douglas Lake with a total catch of 24 pounds, 12 ounces. For his efforts, Lilly walked away with over $3,500 in winnings.
    McGaha scores co-angler victory during May 18 Volunteer Division event

    KODAK, Tenn. – Travis Lilly of Bluff City, Tenn., weighed a five-bass limit totaling 24 pounds, 12 ounces Saturday to win the Walmart Bass Fishing League Volunteer Division event on Douglas Lake. For his victory, Lilly earned $3,545.

    “It was one of those days when everything fell in place,” said Lilly. “I didn’t lose any fish and things went right. I bounced around the lake a little bit but all of the fish that I brought to the scale came from the same area. I started the day and finished the day in the same place.”

    Lilly indicated that he was targeting post-spawn bass that had moved out on to points. He was primarily using swimbaits indicating that color really wasn’t a factor in catching his bass.

    “It was actually kind of funny,” Lilly went on to say. “When I went back to the area I started in there was a boat sitting on that point. I asked him if he would mind if I fished the spot and he said no that he had already fished it. A couple of casts later, I landed my biggest fish of the day - a 6½-pounder.

    “This is the first time that I have committed to fishing off-shore and it actually went well.”

    Rounding out the top 10 pros:

    2nd: Sam McCowan, Pounding Mill, Va., five bass, 22-7, $1,773

    3rd: Bobby Ferguson, Chuckey, Tenn., four bass, 21-13, $1,181

    4th: Nick Meadows, Cedar Bluff, Va., five bass, 20-8, $827

    5th: Gary Pilkenton, Morristown, Tenn., five bass, 19-15, $709

    6th: Tim Saylor, Johnson City, Tenn., five bass, 19-12, $650

    7th: Derrick Snavely, Rogersville, Tenn., five bass, 18-11, $591

    8th: Guy Sams, Elizabethton, Tenn., five bass, 18-7, $532

    9th: Ken Vicchio, Bluff City, Tenn., five bass, 17-12, $473 plus $300 Evinrude bonus

    10th: Daniel Morgan, Dayton, Tenn., five bass, 17-6, $414

    For a complete list of boater results, click here.

    McGaha nets co-angler title

    Co-angler Justin McGaha of Knoxville, Tenn., won the May 18 Walmart BFL Volunteer Division event on Douglas Lake with a total catch of 14 pounds, 5 ounces. McGaha netted over $1,770 in winnings.Justin McGaha of Knoxville, Tenn., weighed five bass totaling 14 pounds, 5 ounces Saturday to win the Co-angler Division. McGaha earned $1,773 for his victory.

    Rounding out the top 10 co-anglers:

    2nd: Dennis Lewis, Powell, Tenn., five bass, 14-0, $886

    3rd: Jason Yates, Dandridge, Tenn., five bass, 12-14, $591

    4th: Bud McKelvey, Lenoir City, Tenn., five bass, 12-6, $384

    4th: Sam Overton, Heiskell, Tenn., five bass, 12-6, $384

    6th: Jonathan Saddler, Bristol, Tenn., five bass, 12-5, $325

    7th: Matt Brown, Harriman, Tenn., five bass, 11-7, $295

    8th: Eric Topole, Corryton, Tenn., five bass, 10-12, $266

    9th: Chris Seese, Lenoir City, Tenn., three bass, 10-11, $236

    10th: Rob Linkous, Rogersville, Tenn., five bass, 10-6, $207

    For a complete list of co-angler results, click here.

    The next BFL Volunteer Division tournament is scheduled for June 8 on Lake Cherokee in Morristown, Tenn. After the last divisional tournament is complete, the top 40 boaters and 40 co-anglers based on point standings will qualify for the Oct. 17-19 Regional Championship on Lake Hartwell in Lavonia, Ga. 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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