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    Nelson nets Walmart BFL title on Lake Hartwell

    Boater Chris Nelson of Social Circle, Ga., won the March 9 Walmart BFL Savannah River Division event on Lake Harwell. Nelson netted a total catch of 18 pounds, 13 ounces to win over $5,500 in prize money.
    Co-angler Cothran grabs top spot during Savannah River Division contest

    LAVONIA, Ga. – Chris Nelson of Social Circle, Ga., weighed a five-bass limit totaling 18 pounds, 13 ounces Saturday to win the Walmart Bass Fishing League Savannah River Division event on Lake Hartwell. For his victory, Nelson earned $5,519.

    Best of the rest

    Rounding out the top 10 pros:

    2nd: Jerry Kotal, Elberton, Ga., five bass, 18-4, $2,760

    3rd: Jim Smith, Bowersville, Ga., five bass, 18-3, $1,837

    4th: Mike Cooper, Easley, S.C., five bass, 17-8, $1,288

    5th: Josh Dorr, Pickens, S.C., five bass, 16-6, $1,104

    6th: Brock Taylor, Pendleton, S.C., five bass, 16-2, $1,012

    7th: Jonathan Botts, Abbeville, S.C., five bass, 15-7, $920

    8th: Randy Childers, Anderson, S.C., five bass, 15-5, $828

    9th: Michael Turner, Hartwell, Ga., five bass, 15-2, $736

    10th: Jody Hughes, Baldwin, Ga., five bass, 15-1, $644

    Click here for complete boater results.

    Cothran wins co-angler title

    Co-angler Bryan Cothran of Belton, S.C., won the March 9 Walmart BFL Savannah River Division event on Lake Harwell after landing a total catch of 14 pounds, 10 ounces. Cothran took home over $2,700 in winnings.Bryan Cothran of Belton, S.C., weighed in four bass totaling 14 pounds, 10 ounces Saturday to win $2,760 in the co-angler division.

    Best of the rest

    Rounding out the top 10 co-anglers:

    2nd: Michael Gula, Greer, S.C., five bass, 14-7, $1,380

    3rd: Jeff Penland, Leicester, N.C., four bass, 12-0, $918

    4th: Carl Freeman, Fairview, N.C., five bass, 11-12, $644

    5th: Adam Fincher, Roebuck, S.C., three bass, 11-4, $552

    6th: Willard Berry Smith Jr., Anderson, S.C., five bass, 10-12, $506

    7th: Carl Chavis, Fort Mill, S.C., five bass, 10-11, $460

    8th: Derek Freeman, Anderson, S.C., four bass, 10-10, $414

    9th: Darren Jeter, Marshall, N.C., five bass, 10-8, $345

    9th: Tim Whitaker, Fairview, N.C., four bass, 10-8, $345

    Click here for complete co-angler results.

    The next BFL Savannah River Division tournament is scheduled for April 6 on Lake Russell in Elberton, Ga. After that tournament is complete, the top 40 boaters and 40 co-anglers based on point standings will qualify for the Oct. 10-12 Regional Championship on Lake Lanier in Gainesville, Ga. Boaters will compete for a top award of a Ranger Z518 with a 200-horsepower Evinrude or Mercury outboard and a Chevy Silverado, while co-anglers will fish for a new Ranger Z518 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 2013 BFL All-American is being held June 27–29 on the Nickajack Lake in Chattanooga, Tenn. Top winners in the BFL can move up to the EverStart Series or even the Walmart FLW Tour.

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