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Berhorst Wins Walmart BFL, Lake of the Ozarks

Walmart Bass Fishing LeagueDennis Berhorst of Holts Summit, Mo., won the Walmart Bass Fishing League® Ozark Division two-day Super Tournament on Lake of the Ozarks Sunday with a two-day total of 10 bass weighing 30 pounds, 3 ounces.

Walmart Bass Fishing LeagueDennis Berhorst of Holts Summit, Mo., won the Walmart Bass Fishing League® Ozark Division two-day Super Tournament on Lake of the Ozarks Sunday with a two-day total of 10 bass weighing 30 pounds, 3 ounces. The victory earned Berhorst $5,761 and solidified his ticket to the DeGray Lake Regional Championship in Arkadelphia, Ark., Oct. 22-24, where he could ultimately win a new Ranger boat and a Chevy truck.

“I was due for a good win,” said Berhorst, who now has seven BFL wins. “I threw topwater early in the morning, then went deeper to ledges 25 to 30 feet deep with a 1-ounce homemade green pumpkin jig with a lime green skirt tipped with a Paca Craw.”

Berhorst now is setting his sights on the DeGray Lake Regional Championship in October.

“That lake is a good lake with a lot of big fish in it,” Berhorst said. “I was down there three weeks ago and a guy I was with caught a 12-pounder. We caught them pretty good.”

Rounding out the top five boaters are Dewayne Fitzpatrick of Osage Beach, Mo. (10 bass, 28-9, $2,880); Mark Dunbar of Jefferson City, Mo. (10 bass, 28-8, $1,921); Duane Hanzlik of Lake Ozark, Mo. (10 bass, 27-8, $1,344) and Chris Jeffries of Lake Ozark, Mo. (10 bass, 26-6, $1,152).

Fitzpatrick and Mike Foree of Osage Beach, Mo., shared the Boater Division Folgers Big Bass award, each earning $382.50 for a pair of 5-pound, 8-ounce bass.

Chris Unruh of Lakin, Kan., earned $2,880 as the co-angler winner Sunday thanks to a two-day catch of eight bass weighing 15 pounds, 9 ounces that he caught fishing docks with a shaky-head rig.

Rounding out the top five co-anglers are Jason Perrego of Fort Leonard Wood, Mo. (seven bass, 14-7, $1,440); Kevin Crady of Desoto, Mo. (six bass, 14-1, $962); John Shartzer of Merriam, Kan. (five bass, 13-2, $672); and Jerry Maple of Mountain Home, Ark. (five bass, 12-2, $576).

Jay Myers of Fenton, Mo., earned $382 as the co-angler Folgers Big Bass winner after catching a 5-pound, 7-ounce bass.

The top 40 boaters and 40 co-anglers in each of the BFL’s 28 divisions at the end of the season advance to a no-entry-fee Regional Championship where boaters fish for a new Ranger boat and a Chevy truck and co-anglers fish for a new Ranger boat. Seven regional championships will each send six boaters and six co-anglers to the no-entry-fee Walmart BFL All-American presented by Chevy, which features a $1 million purse and a top award of $140,000 in the Boater Division and $70,000 in the Co-angler Division. Anglers who compete in all five regular-season events within a division but do not advance to a Regional Championship are eligible to compete in the Chevy Wild Card, which will also send six boaters and six co-anglers to the All-American for a total of 48 boaters and 48 co-anglers advancing through BFL competition.

The winning boater and winning co-angler at the All-American will advance to the no-entry-fee Forrest Wood Cup in Atlanta in 2010. This event, featuring a top award of $1 million, is the most lucrative tournament in all of competitive bass fishing. In all, the BFL offers weekend anglers the opportunity to qualify for three no-entry-fee championships with total cash awards exceeding $3.5 million. Plus, the top 40 boaters and 40 co-anglers from each BFL division may move up to the Stren Series™ for 2010 while All-American champions have the option to advance directly to the Walmart FLW Tour®.

In BFL competition, boaters supply the boat and compete from the front deck against other boaters. Co-anglers compete from the back deck against other co-anglers.

As the nation’s leading provider of affordable, close-to-home weekend tournaments, the BFL is widely credited with opening competitive bass fishing to the masses. It also serves as a steppingstone for anglers who wish to advance to the Stren Series and ultimately the FLW Tour – bass fishing’s most lucrative tournament circuit.

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