SCOTTSBORO, Ala. (Sept. 25, 2006) – Boater David Gray of Section, Ala., earned 300 points and $7,695 Sunday as the winner of the Wal-Mart Bass Fishing League Choo Choo Division Super Tournament on Lake Guntersville.
Gray's two-day winning catch of 10 bass weighed 37 pounds. He was throwing a combination of topwater frogs and flipping jigs around shallow cover.
Rounding out the top five boaters are Randall Tharp of Gardendale, Ala. (10 bass, 34 pounds, 4 ounces, $3,848); Tony Harrison of Athens, Ala. (10 bass, 30 pounds, 14 ounces, $2,565); Gerald Gann of Bridgeport, Ala., (10 bass, 29 pounds, 4 ounces, $1,796) and Eric Nethery of Acworth, Ga. (nine bass, 28 pounds, 11 ounces, $1,539).
Tharp also took home an additional $500 for being the highest placing Ranger Cup participant. He also earned the powered by Yamaha bonus of $250 for his second place finish.
Jack Womack of Moody, Ala., won the Boater Division Snickers Big Bass award with a 6-pound, 12-ounce bass that earned him $1,200.
Danny Jordan of Kennesaw, Ga., earned $3,848 as the co-angler winner thanks to eight bass weighing 24 pounds, 3 ounces that he caught on a SPRO topwater frog and a SPRO Fat 30 thrown over submerged grass beds..
Rounding out the top five co-anglers are Greg GIlley of Boaz, Ala. (eight bass, 22 pounds, 12 ounces, $1,924); Virginia Buckner of Scottsboro, Ala. (eight bass, 22 pounds, $1,281); Jack Brown of Ooltewah, Tenn. (six bass, 19 pounds, 3 ounces, $898) and David Davenport of Dunlap, Tenn. (six bass, 18 pounds, 3 ounces, $770).
Jerry Goodner of Cleveland, Tenn., earned $600 as the co-angler Snickers Big Bass winner with a 6-pound, 4-ounce bass.
The top 40 Choo Choo Division boaters and co-anglers based on year-end points standings will now advance to the no-entry-fee Lake Demopolis Regional Championship near Demopolis, Ala., Oct. 19-21, where they will compete against Everglades, Mississippi and Seminole anglers for a new Ranger boat and a Chevy truck in the Boater Division plus six slots in the no-entry-fee 2007 Wal-Mart BFL All-American presented by Chevy. With a total purse of $1 million and a potential $140,000 cash going to the winning boater and $70,000 going to the winning co-angler, the All-American is one of the most prestigious and lucrative events in bass fishing.
The Boater Division points champion who advances the farthest at the All-American will earn $10,000 as the Yamaha "Be the Best" points champion. The co-angler points champion who advances the farthest will earn $5,000 as the Yamaha "Be the Best" points champion in the Co-angler Division.
For complete Choo Choo Division standings, visit FLWOutdoors.com.
The $8.8 million Wal-Mart Bass Fishing League features 28 divisions nationwide. In BFL competition, boaters and co-anglers are randomly paired, with boaters supplying the boat and fishing against other boaters and co-anglers fishing from the back deck against other co-anglers.
Named after the legendary founder of Ranger Boats, Forrest L. Wood, FLW Outdoors administers the Wal-Mart FLW Tour, Wal-Mart FLW Series, Stren Series, Wal-Mart Bass Fishing League, Wal-Mart Texas Tournament Trail presented by Abu Garcia, Stratos Owners' Tournament Trail, Wal-Mart FLW Walleye Tour, Wal-Mart FLW Walleye League, Wal-Mart FLW Kingfish Tour, Wal-Mart FLW Kingfish Series, Wal-Mart FLW Redfish Series and Wal-Mart FLW Striper Series. These circuits offer combined purses exceeding $37.9 million through 249 events in 2006.
For more information or to enter a tournament, call (270) 252-1000 or visit FLWOutdoors.com.
Wal-Mart and many of America's largest and most respected companies support FLW Outdoors and its tournament trails. Wal-Mart signed on as an FLW Outdoors sponsor in 1997 and today is the world's leading supporter of tournament fishing. For more information about Wal-Mart, visit Wal-Mart.com.