Kirby wins Lake Wylie BFL

FLW Bass Fishing League

Keith Kirby of Gaffney, S.C., caught a five-bass limit weighing 16 pounds, 11 ounces, April 16 to win $4,244 in the BFL North Carolina Division tournament on Lake Wylie. He was using crankbaits to catch his limit.

The remaining top10 anglers:

2nd: James Blankenship, Lexington, N.C., five bass, 16-9, $2,122
3rd: Scott Browning, Franklin, N.C., five bass, 16-4, $1,413
4th: Allen Eaker, Cherryville, N.C., five bass, 15-6, $990
5th: John Drew, Gold Hill, N.C., five bass, 15-5, $849
6th: Jason Threadgill, Norwood, N.C., five bass, 14-15, $778
7th: Keith Hutto, Martinez, Ga., five bass, 14-13, $707
8th: Steven James, Easley, S.C., five bass, 14-11, $637
9th: Steve Harwood, Weaverville, N.C., five bass, 14-3, $566
10th: Keith Porter, Chester, S.C., five bass, 14-2, $495

John Cook of Matthews, N.C., caught a five-bass limit weighing 13 pounds, 13 ounces April 16 to win $2,122 in the Co-angler Division. He was using a Zoom Speedworm in the river to catch his limit.

The remaining top10 co-anglers:

2nd: Travis Ruff, Connelly Springs, N.C., five bass, 13-11, $1,061
3rd: Marvin Godard, Charlotte, N.C., five bass, 11-15, $707
4th: Hallam Cottingham, Greenville, S.C., five bass, 11-9, $495
5th: Mark Murphy, Lexington, N.C., four bass, 10-13, $424
6th: Roger Toler, Gilbert, W.Va., five bass, 10-11, $389
7th: Randy Coleman, Gastonia, N.C., five bass, 10-10, $354
8th: George Boyce, Fuquay Varina, N.C., five bass, 10-4, $300
Bobby Smith, Asheville, N.C., five bass, 10-4, $300
10th: Todd Lawrence, Rock Hill, S.C., five bass, 10-2, $248

The next BFL North Carolina Division tournament is scheduled for May 7 on Kerr Lake in Henderson, N.C. After the fifth North Carolina Division tournament is complete, the top 40 boaters and 40 co-anglers based on point standings will qualify for the Nov. 3-5 Regional Championship on Lake Hartwell in Anderson, S.C. Boaters will compete for a top award of a Ranger 198VX with a 200-horsepower Evinrude or Mercury outboard and a Chevy pick-up, while co-anglers will fish for a new Ranger 198VX.

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