CHEBOYGAN, Mich. (June 8, 2009) Chad Pipkens of Holt, Mich., won the Walmart Bass Fishing League® Michigan Division tournament on Burt Mullett Saturday with a five-bass catch weighing 27 pounds, 13 ounces
CHEBOYGAN, Mich. (June 8, 2009) Chad Pipkens of Holt, Mich., won the Walmart Bass Fishing League® Michigan Division tournament on Burt Mullett Saturday with a five-bass catch weighing 27 pounds, 13 ounces. The victory earned Pipkens $3,671 and placed him one step closer to qualifying for the Fort Madison Regional Championship in Fort Madison, Iowa, Oct. 1-3, where he could ultimately win a new Ranger boat and a Chevy truck.
The key to winning there is to get away from the crowd and to stay right on top of the fish, said Pipkens, who posted his second BFL win on Burt Mullett. The fish dont venture very far, so you have to be right on them.
Pipkens said he used a drop-shot darter and targeted rocks and beds to catch his fish.
Rounding out the top five boaters are Derek Cummings of Mason, Mich. (five bass, 26-4, $1835); Mark Modrak of China Township, Mich. (five bass, 25-15, $1,224); Ryan Lapine of Portage, Mich. (five bass, 24-15, $856); Eric Bond of Ferndale, Mich. (five bass, 24-13, $703); and Erhardt Tulgestka of Rogers City, Mich. (five bass, 24-13, $703).
Pipkens and James Dixon of Douthfield, Mich., split the Boater Division Big Bass award, earning $235 each for a pair of 6-pound, 13-ounce bass.
Kris Marble of Macomb, Mich., earned $1,835 as the co-angler winner Saturday thanks to five bass weighing 21 pounds, 3 ounces.
Rounding out the top five co-anglers are Bill Schroeder of Jonesville, Mich. (five bass, 20-15, $918); Tony Grubb of Ann Arbor, Mich. (five bass, 20-12, $612); Jay Van Dyke of Wyoming, Mich. (five bass, 20-2, $428); and David Matual of Chicago, Ill. (five bass, 19-9, $367).
Paul Grove of Elkhart, Ind., earned $235 as the co-angler Big Bass winner after catching a 6-pound, 9-ounce bass.
The next Michigan Division event will be held on Sandusky Bay/Lake Erie in Sandusky, Ohio, July 18.
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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