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Iles wins BFL on Sam Rayburn Reservoir

Walmart Bass Fishing LeagueDanny Iles of Hemphill, Texas, won the Walmart Bass Fishing League® Louisiana/Texas Division two-day Super Tournament on Sam Rayburn Reservoir Sunday with a two-day total of 10 bass weighing 39 pounds even. The victory earned Iles $5,831.

Walmart Bass Fishing LeagueDanny Iles of Hemphill, Texas, won the Walmart Bass Fishing League® Louisiana/Texas Division two-day Super Tournament on Sam Rayburn Reservoir Sunday with a two-day total of 10 bass weighing 39 pounds even. The victory earned Iles $5,831.

Iles said he caught his keepers by targeting grass in various spots with a 1-ounce jig.

Rounding out the top five boaters are Chris McCall of Jasper, Texas (10 bass, 36-1, $2,915); Todd Castledine of Nacogdoches, Texas (10 bass, 31-10, $1,945); Matt Byrd of Kingwood, Texas (nine bass, 29-12, $1,361) and Bradley Stringer of Huntington, Texas (10 bass, 29-9, $1,166).

Bobby Barreraz of Center, Texas, took home the Boater Division Folgers Big Bass award, earning $787 for a 7-pound, 13-ounce bass he caught.

Larry Lacewell of Henderson, Texas, earned $2,788 as the co-angler winner Sunday thanks to a two-day catch of nine bass weighing 29 pounds, 2 ounces that he caught fishing a soft-plastic frog mid-lake.

Rounding out the top five co-anglers are Ronald Milton of Maurepas, La. (10 bass, 23-4, $1,394); Stacey McCalister of Benton, La. (eight bass, 21-1, $929); Andrew Peters of Nederland, Texas (10 bass, 20-05, $650); and Bill McCarty of Morgan City, La. (10 bass, 19-14, $558).

Lacewell and Murphy Downing of Hernando, Miss., each earned $182 as the co-angler Folgers Big Bass winners after catching a pair of 7-pound 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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For more information about FLW Outdoors and its tournaments, visit FLWOutdoors.com or call (270) 252-1000. For more information about FLW Fantasy Fishing and Player’s Advantage, visit FantasyFishing.com.

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