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    Walmart Bass Fishing League - Bama

    Lay Lake (May 3, 2014)


    Wyman wins on Lay Lake

    Warren Wyman of Calera, Ala., won the May 3 Bama Division event on Lay Lake with an 18-pound, 1-ounce limit. He was awarded nearly $4,000 for his victory.
    Findley nets co-angler title

    COLUMBIANA, Ala. – Warren Wyman of Calera, Ala., weighed a five-bass limit totaling 18 pounds, 1 ounce Saturday to win the third Walmart Bass Fishing League Bama Division tournament of 2014 on Lay Lake. For his victory, Wyman earned $3,889.

    “I had to change my game plan because we had a long fog delay,” said Wyman. “Normally, I would have started off with topwater but I didn’t get to do that because the sun was already up by the time we got to go out.

    “I went and targeted some prespawn and spawning fish in a spawning area. It was an area with rocks, sand and grass altogether and the fish really like that. I started off flipping a jig and a Brush Hog around the grass until the sun got up enough so that I could see them.

    “Later on I went to some other areas where I normally do really well, but I noticed that the water was very dingy,” added Wyman. “It seemed to me that the water had just gotten dirty, so I went back to where I started which was the only place I had seen clear water.

    “Once I caught my last big one around 1 o’clock I was feeling pretty good,” finished Wyman. “But, I didn’t get any practice time for this event and I had caught some bed fish, so I thought someone else may have found some big ones in practice on a bed. I think that the dirty water actually helped me because the area that I chose to fish had fairly clear water.”

    Wyman said that he used a variety of baits to put together his limit including a homemade jig, Zoom Brush Hog, a white Zipper finesse worm and a watermelon-colored homemade finesse worm.

    Rounding out the top 10 pros:

    2nd: Terry Tucker, Gadsden, Ala., five bass, 15-8, $1,944

    3rd: Straight Talk Wireless pro Scott Canterbury, Springville, Ala., five bass, 15-6, $1,297

    4th: Kyle Mabrey, McCalla, Ala., five bass, 14-6, $907

    5th: Bill Spratlin, Chelsea, Ala., five bass, 14-5, $745

    5th: Terry Stevens, Marianna, Fla., five bass, 14-5, $745

    7th: Matthew Owens, Dothan, Ala., five bass, 14-0, $648

    8th: Ronnie McDonough, Birmingham, Ala., five bass, 13-15, $583

    9th: Chris Rutland, Wetumpka, Ala., five bass, 13-13, $519

    10th: Chad Lynch, Birmingham, Ala., five bass, 13-12, $454

    Complete results can be found here.

    Findley wins co-angler title

    Co-angler Ezekiel Findley of Montevallo, Ala., won the May 3 Bama Division event on Lay Lake with a limit weighing 14 pounds, 5 ounces. For his efforts, Findley took home close to $2,000 in prize money.Ezekiel Findley of Montevallo, Ala., weighed a five-bass limit totaling 14 pounds, 5 ounces Saturday to win $1,944 in the co-angler division.

    Rounding out the top 10 co-anglers:

    2nd: Marcus Corbett, Heflin, Ala., five bass, 11-12, $972

    3rd: Charlie Allen, Newnan, Ga., five bass, 10-6, $649

    4th: Taylor Smith, Dallas, Ga., three bass, 10-0, $454

    5th: Jeff Huddleston, Oxford, Ala., five bass, 9-13, $389

    6th: Josh Wissinger, Hayden, Ala., four bass, 9-9, $356

    7th: Bill Granberry, Moody, Ala., four bass, 9-7, $324

    8th: Matthew Hale, Gardendale, Ala., five bass, 8-14, $275

    8th: Scott Noles, Woodland, Ala., four bass, 8-14, $275

    10th: Riley Yeargan, Clanton, Ala., two bass, 8-0, $227

    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. 2-4 Regional Championship on the St. John’s River in Palatka, Fla. Boaters will compete for a top award of a Ranger Z518C with a 200-horsepower Evinrude or Mercury outboard and a Chevy Silverado, while co-anglers will fish for a new Ranger Z518C 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 Rayovac FLW Series or even the Walmart FLW Tour.

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