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Walmart Bass Fishing League - Bulldog
Lake Lanier (April 12, 2014)
Fisher found 'em on Lanier
GAINESVILLE, Ga. – Pat Fisher of Colbert, Ga., weighed a five-bass limit totaling 24 pounds, 15 ounces Saturday to win the second Walmart Bass Fishing League Bulldog Division tournament of 2014 on Lake Lanier. For his victory, Fisher earned $4,729.
Fisher, a former Walmart FLW Tour pro, reported catching the entirety of his impressive creel on beds in the midsection of Lanier.
“I think I culled five times,” said Fisher. “They were in the backs of creeks where the bank transitioned from steep to flat. We just had three inches of rain and it pushed the fish back a bit.
“There was a lot of pollen on the water that made it difficult to see the fish,” explained Fisher. “Some of the other competitors seemed to be overlooking the fish I was catching.
“I had no clue I had what I had. I thought I had around 20 pounds,” said Fisher. “When they get that big it’s hard to start putting them together. It turned out I had an 8-pounder that I thought was around 6-pounds.”
Fisher said that he rotated through a variety of baits, but caught his three biggest bass on a white-colored Zoom Super Hog.
Rounding out the top 10:
2nd: Paul Marks, Cumming, Ga., five bass, 21-3, $2,364
3rd: Trent Gober, Pendergrass, Ga., five bass, 20-13, $1,576
4th: Kip Carter, Loganville, Ga., five bass, 17-4, $1,103
5th: Rick Steckelberg, Eastanollee, Ga., five bass, 16-7, $946
6th: Scott Hayes, Newnan, Ga., five bass, 15-15, $867
7th: Rusty Evans, Roswell, Ga., five bass, 15-4, $788
8th: Buster Slocumb, Juliette, Ga., five bass, 15-2, $709
9th: Seth Kirkland, Cumming, Ga., five bass, 14-15, $631
10th: Jesse Millsaps, Jasper, Ga., five bass, 14-7, $552
Complete results can be found here.
Glenn wins co-angler division
Rounding out the top 10 co-anglers:
2nd: John Watwood, Winder, Ga., five bass, 14-10, $1,182
3rd: Charlie Dick, Conyers, Ga., five bass, 11-11, $788
4th: Michael Wilder, Macon, Ga., five bass, 11-4, $552
5th: Jason Wiley, Soperton, Ga., four bass, 10-14, $473
6th: Justin Paulus, Atlanta, Ga., five bass, 10-10, $433
7th: Wayne Hancock, Cumming, Ga., five bass, 10-9, $394
8th: Tyler Morgan, Columbus, Ga., five bass, 10-8, $355
9th: Robert Fleming, McDonough, Ga., five bass, 10-3, $315
10th: Nicholas Leno, Chicago, Ill., five bass, 9-15, $276
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. The 2014 BFL All-American is being held June 5-7 on Wilson Lake in Florence, Ala. 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, Pinterest, Instagram and YouTube.