Fagan Wins BFL on Lake Guntersville

SCOTTSBORO, Ala. (March 23, 2009) – Jay Fagan of Mableton, Ga., won the Walmart Bass Fishing League® Bama Division tournament on Lake Guntersville…

SCOTTSBORO, Ala. (March 23, 2009) – Jay Fagan of Mableton, Ga., won the Walmart Bass Fishing League® Bama Division tournament on Lake Guntersville Saturday with a five-bass catch weighing 26 pounds, 1 ounce. The victory earned Fagan $4,498 and placed him one step closer to qualifying for the Lake Seminole Regional Championship in Bainbridge, Ga., Oct. 22-24, where he could ultimately win a new Ranger boat and a Chevy truck.

“This is my first year to go as a boater,” said Fagan. “I knew I had a good check, not sure if I had a win.”

Fagan started off fishing deep, working his way up to more shallow water. He fished upriver for pre-spawn bass throwing an XCalibur Xr50 Royal Shad. Fagan caught all of his fish in one spot, ending his day with catching an 8 ¼ -pounder.

Rounding out the top five boaters are Tim Staley of Dowelltown, Tenn. (five bass, 25-14, $2,249); Sam Bass of Section, Ala. (five bass, 25-10, $1,498); Andrew Beam of Rome, Ga. (five bass, 25-7, $1,050) and Edward Gettys of Scottsboro, Ala. (five bass, 24-8, $900).

Jay Fagan took home the Boater Division Big Bass award, earning $645 for an 8-pound, 4-ounce bass he caught.

Matt Wilson of Auburn, Ala., earned $2,249 as the co-angler winner Saturday thanks to five bass weighing 25 pounds, 3 ounces.

Rounding out the top five co-anglers are Jeff Benefield of Union Grove, Ala. (five bass, 22-6, $1,125); Jackie Quillen of Florence, Ala. (five bass, 21-2, $752); Dan Clark of Cleveland, Tenn. (five bass, 20-12, $525); and Kevin Morris of Savannah, Tenn. (five bass, 18-12, $450).

Jimmy Rowell of Grove Oak, Ala. earned $322 as the co-angler Big Bass winner after catching an 8-pound, 8-ounce bass.

The next Bama Division event will be held on Pickwick Lake in Florence, Ala., April 25.

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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