Jerry Williams of Conway, Ark., won the Walmart Bass Fishing League® Arkie Division two-day Super Tournament on Lake Ouachita Sunday with a two-day total of 10 bass weighing 17 pounds, 1 ounce. The victory earned Williams $4,943 and solidified his ticket to the Kentucky/Barkley Lakes Regional Championship
Jerry Williams of Conway, Ark., won the Walmart Bass Fishing League® Arkie Division two-day Super Tournament on Lake Ouachita Sunday with a two-day total of 10 bass weighing 17 pounds, 1 ounce. The victory earned Williams $4,943 and solidified his ticket to the Kentucky/Barkley Lakes Regional Championship in Gilbertsville, Ky., Oct. 15-17, where he could ultimately win a new Ranger boat and a Chevy truck.
That one was completely unexpected, said Williams. Of course, its hard to win a tournament like that, but I never thought I had a chance to win it.
I just went out and caught a limit real quick the second day, Williams added. I just got lucky. I was on fish and they were easy to catch.
Williams said he caught nine keepers the first day of competition using a Norman Deep Little N crankbait and 11 keepers the next day on a Norman DD22, which is a big, deep-running crankbait.
Williams said he is looking forward to the Kentucky/Barkley Lakes Regional Championship in October.
I love fishing there, Williams said. I was there two weeks ago and caught 150 a day. Its an absolutely incredible fishery the best fishery Ive ever been on.
Rounding out the top five boaters are Team Berkley pro Stetson Blaylock of Benton, Ark. (seven bass, 16-2, $2,471); Spencer Shuffield of Bismarck, Ark. (seven bass, 15-12, $1,648); Chris Darby of Mount Ida, Ark. (nine bass, 15-9, $1,153) and Team Land OLakes pro Jeremiah Kindy of Benton, Ark. (eight bass, 15-4, $989).
Tim Gartman of Conway, Ark., took home the Boater Division Folgers Big Bass award, earning $607 for a 4-pound, 3-ounce bass he caught on a crankbait.
David Tierney of Fayetteville, Ark., earned $2,471 as the co-angler winner Sunday thanks to a two-day catch of nine bass weighing 17 pounds, 14 ounces that he caught cranking flats with a deep-diving crankbait.
Rounding out the top five co-anglers are Jimmy Burrow of Malvern, Ark. (five bass, 14-12, $1,236); Stan Cullipher of Malvern, Ark. (seven bass, 13-9, $822); Brian Choate of Conway, Ark. (six bass, 10-15, $577); and Samuel Hutson of Benton, Ark. (seven bass, 9-14, $494).
Burl Garrett of Benton, Ark., earned $304 as the co-angler Folgers Big Bass winner after catching a 5-pound, 3-ounce bass on a 10-inch soft-plastic worm in 20 feet of water.
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.
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