SCOTTSVILLE, Ky. (Sept. 25, 2006) – Boater Keith Monson of Burgin, Ky., earned 300 points and $6,066 Sunday as the winner of the Wal-Mart Bass Fishing League Mountain Division Super Tournament on the Barren River. He also earned a $1,500 Ranger Cup bonus for a total of $7,566 in winnings.
Monson's two-day winning catch of 10 bass weighed 27 pounds, 10 ounces.
Rounding out the top five boaters are Ronnie Grant of Columbia, Ky. (10 bass, 27 pounds, 9 ounces, $3,033); Perry Neathery of Albany, Ky. (nine bass, 26 pounds, 13 ounces, $2,024); Don Ingram of Greensburg, Ky. (10 bass, 26 pounds, 4 ounces, $1,415) and Shannon Devere of Berea, Ky. (10 bass, 26 pounds, 1 ounce, $1,213).
Brian Wade of Stanford, Ky., won the Boater Division Snickers Big Bass award with a 5-pound, 5-ounce bass that earned him $832.
Edward Grady of Owenton, Ky., earned $3,033 as the co-angler winner thanks to eight bass weighing 18 pounds, 6 ounces.
Rounding out the top five co-anglers are James Griffieth of Harrodsburg, Ky. (eight bass, 17 pounds, 13 ounces, $1,517); Mark Hogue of Stanford, Ky. (eight bass, 16 pounds, 4 ounces, $1,010); Herman Moore of Seymour, Tenn. (eight bass, 15 pounds, 15 ounces, $708) and Tyler Moberly of Berea, Ky. (nine bass, 15 pounds, 13 ounces, $607).
Billy Hughes of Danville, Ky., earned $416 as the co-angler Snickers Big Bass winner with a 3-pound, 15-ounce bass.
The top 40 Mountain Division boaters and co-anglers based on year-end points standings will now advance to the no-entry-fee Kentucky Lake Regional Championship near Gilbertsville, Ky., Oct. 19-21, where they will compete against Bama, Buckeye and Hoosier 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 Mountain 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.