Whitney Stephens of Piketon, Ohio, won the Walmart Bass Fishing League® final Buckeye Division tournament of the season on the Ohio River/Tanners Creek Sunday with a catch of nine bass weighing 16 pounds, 11 ounces. The victory earned Stephens $4,540 and helped him qualify for
Whitney Stephens of Piketon, Ohio, won the Walmart Bass Fishing League® final Buckeye Division tournament of the season on the Ohio River/Tanners Creek Sunday with a catch of nine bass weighing 16 pounds, 11 ounces. The victory earned Stephens $4,540 and helped him qualify for the Kentucky Lake Regional Championship in Gilbertsville, Ga. Oct. 15-17, where he could ultimately win a new Ranger boat and a Chevy truck.
Rounding out the top five boaters are Bill Lowen of North Bend, Ohio (10 bass, 15-6, $2,270); Mike Combs of Frenchburg, Ky. (nine bass, 11-6, $1,515); Chris Combess of Cincinnati, Ohio (six bass, 10-10, $1,059) and Kevin Spears of New Boston, Ohio (six bass, 10-6, $908).
Stephens took home the Boater Division Folgers Big Bass award, earning $532 for a 3-pound, 7-ounce bass he caught.
Mike Otto of Kettering, Ohio, earned $2,270 as the co-angler winner Sunday thanks to five bass weighing 12 pounds that he caught on a plastic Paca Craw targeting wooden docks.
Rounding out the top five co-anglers are Cody Wayne-Hall of Xenia, Ohio (seven bass, 9-14, $1,135); Dennis Hughes of Bethel, Ohio (five bass, 9-1, $757); Steve Sorrell of Beavercreek, Ohio (5 bass, 7-7, $530); and Keith Humble of West Liberty, Ky. (five bass, 7-5, $454).
Otto earned $266 as the co-angler Folgers Big Bass winner after catching a 4-pound, 10-ounce bass.
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 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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