NATCHITOCHES, La. (May 4, 2009) Stephen Johnston of Hemphill, Texas, won the Walmart Bass Fishing League® Louisiana/Texas Division tournament on the Red River Saturday with a five-bass catch weighing 16 pounds, 5 ounces.
NATCHITOCHES, La. (May 4, 2009) Stephen Johnston of Hemphill, Texas, won the Walmart Bass Fishing League® Louisiana/Texas Division tournament on the Red River Saturday with a five-bass catch weighing 16 pounds, 5 ounces. The victory earned Johnston $4,199 and placed him one step closer to qualifying for the DeGray Lake Regional Championship in Arkadelphia, Ark., Oct. 22-24, where he could ultimately win a new Ranger boat and a Chevy truck.
The river water was being lowered to expect the extra coming down from other areas, said Johnston. It was a real surprise to win this one.
Johnston concentrated on fishing in pool three on Red River throwing a Sebile Crankster and a soft plastic bait. I had never really fished that area before. I always fish in pool four or five but I just couldnt get a bite in there. Johnston caught his last fish weighing 3 pounds in the remaining 20 minutes of the tournament.
Rounding out the top five boaters are David Carter of Woodville, Miss. (5 bass, 14-13, $2,100); James Stricklin Jr. of Jasper, Texas (5 bass, 12-7, $1,398); Ronald Bates of La Porte, Texas and Zachary Brazda of Arnaudville, La. (5 bass, 12-3, $910).
Dan Stevens of Dry Prong, La., took home the Boater Division Big Bass award, earning $585 for a 6-pound, 5-ounce bass he caught.
Sean McGraw of Lafayette, La., earned $2,019 as the co-angler winner Saturday thanks to 5bass weighing 10 pounds, 2 ounces.
Rounding out the top five co-anglers are Randy Hicks of Lumberton, Texas (5 bass, 8-11, $1,009); Andrew Peters of Nederland, Texas (2 bass, 8-7, $675); Marvin Geoghagan of Natchitoches, La. (5 bass, 7-1, $471); and Colton Carpenter of Winnfield, La. (3 bass, 6-11, $404).
Andrew Peters earned $272 as the co-angler Big Bass winner after catching a 6-pound, 1-ounce bass.
The next Louisiana/Texas Division event will be held on Toledo Bend in Many, La., June 20.
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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