TELL CITY, Ind. (April 27, 2009) Terry Dillon of Danville, Ind., won the Walmart Bass Fishing League® Hoosier Division tournament on the Ohio River
TELL CITY, Ind. (April 27, 2009) Terry Dillon of Danville, Ind., won the Walmart Bass Fishing League® Hoosier Division tournament on the Ohio River Saturday with a five-bass catch weighing 7 pounds, 14 ounces. The victory earned Dillon $4,037 and placed him one step closer to qualifying for the Kentucky/Barkley Lakes Regional Championship in Gilbertsville, Ky., Oct. 15-17, where he could ultimately win a new Ranger boat and a Chevy truck.
It was an extremely windy day. The weather was a huge factor that made it hard to find places to fish, Dillon said. I fished an area for three hours without a bite and went back to that area later and caught some fish. Never during the tournament did I feel like I would win.
Dillon caught his limit fishing lily pads, wood and rocks throwing a ¼-ounce spinnerbait.
Rounding out the top five boaters are Marty Sisk of Evansville, Ind. (five bass, 7-5, $2,019); Kevin Meunier of Lamar, Ind. (five bass, 7-2, $1,345); Stu Moyer of Indianapolis, Ind. (three bass, 6-4, $942) and Gary Wagner of Martinsville, Ind. (two bass, 5-14, $807).
Steve Coffey of Anderson, Ind., took home the Boater Division Big Bass award, earning $545 for a 3-pound, 10-ounce bass he caught.
Jim Krider of North Vernon, Ind., earned $2,019 as the co-angler winner Saturday thanks to three bass weighing 6 pounds, 1 ounce.
Rounding out the top five co-anglers are Daniel Fromme of Jasper, Ind. (two bass, 5-6, $1,009); Lewis Mallory of Martinsville, Ind. (three bass, 4-15, $675); Daniel Day of New Albany, Ind. (three bass, 4-1, $471); and Tom Schrader of Greenwood, Ind. (two bass, 3-6, $404).
Fromme earned $272 as the co-angler Big Bass winner after catching a 3-pound, 5-ounce bass.
The next Hoosier Division event will be held on Lake Monroe in Bloomington, Ind., June 6.
The top 40 boaters and 40 co-anglers in each of the BFLs 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 $2.5 million 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 nations 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 fishings most lucrative tournament circuit.
Total awards are based on a full field of 200 boats in every tournament.
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