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Walmart Bass Fishing League - Bama
Lake Neely Henry (July 12, 2014)
Jones keys on rock for title
GADSDEN, Ala. – Bradley Jones of Aragon, Ga., weighed a five-bass limit totaling 18 pounds even Saturday to win the fourth Walmart Bass Fishing League Bama Division tournament of 2014 on Lake Neely Henry. For his victory, Jones earned $4,766.
“I started out catching some small fish shallow in the morning,” said Jones, who earned the first BFL win of his career as a boater. “About two hours into the morning I moved to a deeper spot and I caught a 4½-pounder and then two more big ones. I caught another big one around 1 o’clock. I only caught about eight keepers all day.
“My spot was a rock pile in the main channel that topped out in about 10 feet of water,” Jones explained. “Timing was key. I caught all but one of my big fish when the current was flowing on my key spot.”
“I fish on Neely Henry a lot and I didn’t expect to win,” finished Jones. “I didn’t think I had enough weight. I also lost a big fish that would have been solid, but it was good to get the win.”
Jones said he caught all his fish on a citrus shad-colored Strike King Pro Model 5XD crankbait.
Rounding out the top 10 pros:
2nd: Warren Wyman, Calera, Ala., five bass, 16-3, $1,883
3rd: Billy Brindle, Calhoun, Ga., five bass, 16-0, $1,256
4th: Justin Marbut, Jacksonville, Ala., five bass, 14-7, $879
5th: Patrick Dobbins, Opelika, Ala., five bass, 14-6, $753
6th: Jason Nixon, Wetumpka, Ala., four bass, 14-5, $690
7th: Joe Hartley, Alexandria, Ala., five bass, 14-2, $628
8th: Mark McCaig, Oxford, Ala., five bass, 13-15, $565
9th: Jeff Cannon, Douglasville, Ga., five bass, 13-14, $502
10th: Andy Kilgore, Kingston, Ga., five bass, 13-10, $439
Complete results can be found by clicking here.
Wissinger wins co-angler title
Rounding out the top 10 co-anglers:
2nd: Zane Loveday, Westover, Ala., four bass, 11-5, $942
3rd: Scott Noles, Woodland, Ala., five bass, 10-8, $627
4th: Jeffrey Clark, Cullman, Ala., five bass, 10-6, $439
5th: Brandon Skinner, De Armanville, Ala., five bass, 10-4, $377
6th: Alan Barrett, Cullman, Ala., five bass, 9-14, $345
7th: Keith Fields, Austell, Ga., four bass, 8-12, $314
8th: Gary Marlowe, Montgomery, Ala., five bass, 8-10, $282
9th: Wesley Bleich, Newnan, Ga., four bass, 8-5, $251
10th: Justin Fortune, Phenix City, Ala., five bass, 7-15, $220
Complete co-angler results can be found by clicking here.
The top 40 boaters and 40 co-anglers based on point standings will qualify for the Oct. 2-4 Regional Championship on 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.
FLW is the industry’s premier tournament-fishing organization, providing anglers of all skill levels the opportunity to compete for millions in prize money nationwide in 2014 over the course of 229 tournaments across five tournament circuits, four of which provide an avenue to the sport’s richest payday and most coveted championship trophy – the Forrest Wood Cup. FLW tournament fishing can be seen on the Emmy-nominated “FLW" television show and is broadcast to more than 564 million households worldwide, making it the most widely distributed weekly outdoors-sports television show in the world. For more information about FLW visit FLWOutdoors.com and look for FLW on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.