Coble wins BFL on Lake Hartwell

Walmart Bass Fishing LeagueCLEMSON, S.C. (April 20, 2009) – Jeff Coble of Manson, N.C., won the Walmart Bass Fishing League® Savannah River Division tournament

Walmart Bass Fishing LeagueCLEMSON, S.C. (April 20, 2009) – Jeff Coble of Manson, N.C., won the Walmart Bass Fishing League® Savannah River Division tournament on Lake Hartwell Saturday with a five-bass catch weighing 19 pounds, 8 ounces. The victory earned Coble $4,315 and placed him one step closer to qualifying for the Lake Norman Regional Championship in Lake Norman, N.C., Oct. 22-24, where he could ultimately win a new Ranger boat and a Chevy truck.

“It was not an easy day. There were a lot of different tournaments going on that day and too many boats on the water,” said Coble. “Everyone was trying to find their own spot. All the fish were in the coves trying to spawn and everyone was trying to fish those. So finding a cove that wasn’t being fished in was difficult.”

Coble caught his limit throwing a swim bait and a green pumpkin soft plastic worm.

Rounding out the top five boaters are Darren Ashley of Calhoun Falls, S.C. (5 bass, 18-6, $2,157); Brandon Cobb of Greenwood, S.C. (5 bass, 17-8, $1,439); Bill Harvey of Grovetown, Ga. (5 bass, 17-7, $1,007) and Troy Morrow of Toccoa, Ga. (5 bass, 17-1, $827).

Darren Ashley took home the Boater Division Big Bass award, earning $610 for a 7-pound bass he caught.

Greg Glouse of Easley, S.C., earned $2,157 as the co-angler winner Saturday thanks to 5 bass weighing 17 pounds, 11 ounces.

Rounding out the top five co-anglers are Darren Jeter of Marshall, N.C. (5 bass, 16-8, $1,079); Brad Surett of Travelers Rest, S.C. (5 bass, 14-12, $717); Matt Deufel of Augusta, Ga. (5 bass, 13-14, $503); and John Hyatt of Leicester, N.C. (5 bass, 13-12, $431).

Brad Surett earned $305 as the co-angler Big Bass winner after catching a 6-pound, 4-ounce bass.

The next Savannah River Division event will be held on the Lake Russell in Elberton, Ga., May 9.

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 $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 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.

Total awards are based on a full field of 200 boats in every tournament.

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