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Walmart Bass Fishing League - Mountain
Barren River (May 31, 2014)
Fox takes title on Barren River Lake
SCOTTSVILLE, Ky. – Dwight Fox of Gainesboro, Tenn., weighed in a five-bass limit totaling 20 pounds, 14 ounces Saturday to win the fourth Walmart Bass Fishing League Mountain Division tournament of 2014 on Barren River Lake. For his victory, Fox earned $4,915.
Fox said that he caught around 30 bass and at least nine keepers on a day he described as “picture perfect.”
“I fished deep pockets up in the river in about 4 to 8 feet of water,” said Fox. “I won a BFL here in 2011 doing the same thing, but in a different part of the lake.”
“I was fishing chunk rock banks with a jig,” explained Fox. “I hopped the jig down the banks and sometimes the fish would almost jerk the rod out of my hands when they bit.
“I came in early to weigh-in because the water I was fishing was 85 degrees, and I wanted to make sure my fish stayed alive,” finished Fox. “I was the second person to weigh in and I think that made the difference. All of my fish were alive, and I only won by a few ounces.”
Fox said that he used a ½-ounce green Killer Bass Baits Killer Jig with a Zoom Super Chunk and a green-pumpkin-colored Zoom Brush Hog with chartreuse-dyed tentacles to go back over certain key stretches of bank.
Rounding out the top 10 pros:
2nd: Shane Winchester, Glasgow, Ky., five bass, 20-7, $2,458
3rd: Michael Emberton, Tompkinsville, Ky., five bass, 18-7, $1,640
4th: Michael Morrison, Georgetown, Ky., five bass, 17-15, $1,065
4th: Mike Williams, Lancaster, Ky., five bass, 17-15, $1,065
6th: Flint Fivecoait, Corbin, Ky., five bass, 15-3, $901
7th: Phillip Haley, Russellville, Ky., five bass, 15-1, $819
8th: Paul Lewis, Richmond, Ky., five bass, 12-14, $737 + $300 Evinrude Bonus
9th: Josh Bolen, Wayland, Ky., five bass, 14-6, $655
10th: Jeff Coots, Yeaddiss, Ky., five bass, 13-15, $573
Complete results can be found here.
Sims wins co-angler title
Rounding out the top 10 co-anglers:
2nd: Kelly Poynter, Parksville, Ky., five bass, 13-15, $1,229
3rd: Karl Woods, Maineville, Ohio, five bass, 12-13, $817
4th: Michael Morris, McKee, Ky., five bass, 12-9, $573
5th: Johnny Taylor, Dandridge, Tenn., five bass, 12-1, $492
6th: Rodney Bridgman, Monticello, Ky., five bass, 11-10, $451
7th: Dwight Coontz, Stanford, Ky., five bass, 11-9, $389
7th: Travis Smith, Corbin, Ky., five bass, 11-9, $389
9th: Kibbee McCoy, Crossville, Tenn., five bass, 11-7, $328
10th: Tony Ervin, Glasgow, Ky., five bass, 11-2, $287
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. 9-11 Regional Championship on Lake Cherokee in Morristown, Tenn. 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.