Browning Wins Walmart Bass Fishing League on Lake Russell
Category: press release
May 11th, 2009 by OutdoorsFIRST
Modified May 11th, 2009 at 12:00 AM
ELBERTON, Ga. (May 11, 2009) – Scott Browning of Franklin, N.C., won the Walmart Bass Fishing League® Savannah River Division tournament on Lake Russell Saturday with a five-bass limit weighing 19 pounds, 5 ounces. The victory earned Browning $3,963 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.
Browning said he targeted spawning and post-spawn fish with a topwater floating worm.
Rounding out the top five boaters are Kerry Partain of Elberton, Ga. (five bass, 17-1, $1,981); Brandon Cobb of Greenwood, S.C. (five bass, 15-7, $1,322); Travis Moon of Belton, S.C. (five bass, 15-4, $925) and Jack Corey of Lincolnton, Ga. (five bass, 14-11, $793).
Browning took home the Boater Division Big Bass award, earning $535 for a 7-pound, 3-ounce bass he caught.
Jeremy Teal of Carnesville, Ga., earned $1,981 as the co-angler winner Saturday thanks to five bass weighing 11 pounds, 1 ounce. Teal said he caught the majority of his bass on a crankbait and a spinnerbait.
Rounding out the top five co-anglers are Joe Anders of Easley, S.C. (five bass, 10-15, $991); Drew Williams of Clemson, S.C. (five bass, 10-7, $662); Zach Hyder of Landrum, S.C. (five bass, 9-13, $462); and David Faulkner of Greenville, S.C. (four bass, 8-14, $396).
Teal earned $267 as the co-angler Big Bass winner with a 5-pound, 7-ounce bass.
The next Savannah River Division event, a two-day Super Tournament, will be held on Clarks Hill Lake in Appling, Ga., Sept. 26-27.
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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