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    Walmart Bass Fishing League - Mountain

    Barren River (May 31, 2014)


    Fox takes title on Barren River Lake

    Dwight Fox of Gainesboro, Tenn., won the May 31 Mountain Division event on the Barren River with a 20-pound, 14-ounce limit. For his efforts, Fox earned nearly $5,000.
    Sims wins co-angler title

    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

    Co-angler J.P. Sims of Cookeville, Tenn., won the May 31 Mountain Division event on the Barren River with a 14-pound, 4-ounce limit. He walked away with over $2,400 in winnings for his victory.J.P. Sims of Cookeville, Tenn., weighed in a five-bass limit totaling 14 pounds, 4 ounces Saturday to win $2,458 in the co-angler division.

    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.

    About FLW

    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 and look for FLW on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, and YouTube.