Freeman Wins Walmart Bass Fishing League Event on Toledo Bend
Category: press release
Jun 22nd, 2009 by OutdoorsFIRST
Modified Jun 22nd, 2009 at 12:00 AM
MANY, La. (June 22, 2009) – Glen Freeman of Converse, La., won the Walmart Bass Fishing League® Louisiana/Texas Division tournament on Toledo Bend Saturday with a five-bass catch weighing 21 pounds, 15 ounces. The victory earned Freeman $3,766 and placed him one step closer to qualifying for the DeGray Lake Regional Championship in Arkadelphia, Ark., Oct. 22-24, where he could ultimately win a new Ranger boat and a Chevy truck.
Freeman said he caught his fish on a 7-inch soft-plastic worm around timber and stumps in 15 to 20 feet of water.
Rounding out the top five boaters are Stephen Johnston of Hemphill, Texas (five bass, 20-3, $1,883); Andrew Upshaw of Hemphill, Texas (five bass, 19-0, $1,256); Gene Stovall of Bronson, Texas (five bass, 13-5, $879); and Tim Reneau of Del Rio, Texas (four bass, 13-1, $753).
Freeman won the Boater Division Big Bass award, earning $500 for a 7-pound, 4-ounce bass.
Myron Sims of Quitman, Texas, earned $1,883 as the co-angler winner Saturday thanks to four bass weighing 14 pounds, 12 ounces.
Rounding out the top five co-anglers are Dewey Day of Lufkin, Texas (five bass, 12-15, $942); Trent Holloway of Dayton, Texas (five bass, 11-12, $627); John Ellender Jr. of Hemphill, Texas (four bass, 10-12, $439); and Joseph Procell of Coushatta, La. (five bass, 10-7, $377).
Sims earned $340 as the co-angler Big Bass winner after catching a 6-pound, 10-ounce bass.
The next Louisiana/Texas Division event will be held on Sam Rayburn Reservoir in Jasper, Texas, Oct. 3-4.
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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