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Walmart Bass Fishing League - Ozark
Table Rock Lake (May 17, 2014)
Jones fished beds for Table Rock title
KIMBERLING CITY, Mo. – Matthew Jones of Spokane, Mo., weighed a five-bass limit totaling 15 pounds, 11 ounces Saturday to win the third Walmart Bass Fishing League Ozark Division tournament of 2014 on Table Rock Lake. For his victory, Jones earned $3,247.
“I caught all of my fish off of beds,” said Jones, who had two previous top-10 finishes on Table Rock Lake in FLW competition before earning his victory. “After takeoff I made a 15 minute run to the dam area. I went there during my pre-fish on Friday and had found quite a few bass on beds. I’m glad I looked on Friday, because the conditions were cloudy on Saturday and you couldn’t see them anymore. That probably helped me, though, because I knew where they were but they couldn’t see me.”
Jones said that he caught just seven keepers throughout the day and all came by throwing a green-pumpkin-colored Zoom Critter Craw.
“My batteries ended up being pretty crucial for me,” Jones said. “I needed to cover a lot of water and I was using my trolling motor pretty hard and heavy. Battery Outfitters took care of me and made sure that I had the power I needed to fish all day long.
“Table Rock is my home lake, and I usually get to fish on it twice a week,” Jones went on to say. “When I would fish in tournaments five or six years ago I used to avoid bed-fishing because I was not very good. I have been really working hard at improving over the last two or three years, though, and I feel like it is now one of my strengths.”
Rounding out the top 10 pros:
2nd: Paul Brunson, Mountain Home, Ark., five bass, 14-6, $1,623
3rd: B.J. Davis, Mountain Home, Ark., five bass, 14-2, $1,082
4th: Rick Johnston, Webb City, Mo., five bass, 13-13, $758 + $300 Evinrude Bonus
5th: J.D. Marlar, Chester, Ark., five bass, 13-5, $649
6th: Craig Dort, Rogersville, Mo., five bass, 12-14, $595
7th: David Short, Washington, Mo., five bass, 12-10, $541
8th: Ronnie Dobbs, Shell Knob, Mo., five bass, 12-2, $460
8th: Larry Stoafer, Leavenworth, Kan., five bass, 12-2, $460 + $300 Evinrude Bonus
10th: Marty Bohlke Jr., Nixa, Mo., five bass, 11-15, $379
Complete results can be found here.
Larson wins co-angler title
Rounding out the top 10 co-anglers:
2nd: James Tucker, Pacific, Mo., five bass, 11-1, $812
3rd: Kevin Manion, Park Hills, Mo., five bass, 10-8, $541
4th: Wes Proctor, Manhattan, Kan., five bass, 10-0, $379
5th: Sam Bremmerkamp, Joplin, Mo., five bass, 9-15, $325
6th: Chris Klenke, Labadie, Mo., five bass, 9-10, $298
7th: Jay Myers, Hillsboro, Mo., five bass, 9-7, $271
8th: Craig Hulsey, Park Hills, Mo., five bass, 9-6, $244
9th: Donnie Agnew, Farmington, Mo., five bass, 9-5, $202
9th: Roger Edwards, Tuscumbia, Mo., five bass, 9-5, $202
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. 16-18 Regional Championship on Sam Rayburn Reservoir in Jasper, Texas. 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, Pinterest, Instagram and YouTube.