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Lehew wins Walmart Bass Fishing League, Lake Norman

Walmart Bass Fishing LeagueShane Lehew of Charlotte, N.C., won the Walmart Bass Fishing League® North Carolina Division two-day Super Tournament on Lake Norman Sunday with a two-day total of 10 bass weighing 22 pounds, 6 ounces.

Walmart Bass Fishing LeagueShane Lehew of Charlotte, N.C., won the Walmart Bass Fishing League® North Carolina Division two-day Super Tournament on Lake Norman Sunday with a two-day total of 10 bass weighing 22 pounds, 6 ounces. The victory earned Lehew $5,270 and solidified his ticket to the Clarks Hill Lake Regional Championship in Appling, Ga., Oct. 15-17, where he could ultimately win a new Ranger boat and a Chevy truck.

“This feels really good,” Lehew said. “Especially being 20 years old … it feels really good.”

Lehew said he targeted sea walls and rock banks in the mornings with a buzzbait and a Rebel Pop-R and then fished as many docks as he could the rest of the day.

“I probably ran to 40 spots each day,” Lehew said. “I was fishing the first day and hit all my best stuff and pounded it pretty hard and I wasn’t sure if I had left enough for the last day.”

Rounding out the top five boaters are Jeff Hager of Alexis, N.C. (10 bass, 21-4, $2,635); Todd Walters of Greensboro, N.C. (10 bass, 20-8, $1,758); Maurice Freeze of Concord, N.C. (10 bass, 19-14, $1,230) and Andy Montgomery of Blacksburg, S.C. (10 bass, 19-9, $1,054).

Maurice Parent of Taylorsville, N.C., took home the Boater Division Folgers Big Bass award, earning $675 for a 4-pound, 9-ounce bass he caught on a crankbait.

John Wilson of Hazelwood, N.C., earned $2,635 as the co-angler winner Sunday thanks to a two-day catch of eight bass weighing 13 pounds, 14 ounces that he caught fishing docks with a creature bait.

Rounding out the top five co-anglers are Travis Ruff of Connelly Springs, N.C. (eight bass, 13-4, $1,317); Scott Stallings of Kannapolis, N.C. (seven bass, 12-8, $880); Gus Jones of Bostic, N.C. (six bass, 12-6, $615); and Mike Williams of Lancaster, Ky. (seven bass, 12-4, $527).

Michael Miller of High Point, N.C., earned $337 as the co-angler Folgers Big Bass winner after catching a 4-pound, 14-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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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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