Kitchel Wins Walmart Bass Fishing League Event on Tanners Creek

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 Jun 29th, 2009 by OutdoorsFIRST 

Modified Jun 29th, 2009 at 12:00 AM

Lawrenceburg, Ind. (June 29, 2009) – Ladd Kitchel of Flora, Ind.., won the Walmart Bass Fishing League® Hoosier Division tournament on Tanners Creek Saturday with a five-bass catch weighing 10 pounds, 1 ounce. The victory earned Kitchel $3,592 and placed him one step closer to qualifying for the Kentucky/Barkley Lake Regional Championship in Gilbertsville, Ky., Oct. 15-17, where he could ultimately win a new Ranger boat and a Chevy truck.

“They let me know when I weighed in my fish that I was leading and I was extremely excited,” said Kitchel, after winning his first BFL tournament. “It feels good to get that first win under my belt.”

Kitchel located his fish on a practice day. He fished shallow water 1 to 3 feet deep focusing on wood. “I caught three fish first thing in the morning on a buzzbait, which actually ended up being my three best fish. I had a 3 ½ -pounder on my third cast. That’s the way you start up a tournament, with a money fish. I caught my last two fish on a Stanley ¼-ounce white chartreuse spinnerbait.

Rounding out the top five boaters are Ronnie Smith of Walton, Ky. (five bass, 8-9, $1,796); Scott Bateman of Washington, Ind. (five bass, 8-4, $1,201); Sean Wieda of Florence, Ky. (five bass, 8-1, $838) and Luke Foli of Granger, Ind. (five bass, 7-15, $718).

Scott Bateman took home the Boater Division Big Bass award, earning $460 for a 4-pound, 4-ounce bass he caught.

John Thomas of New Palestine, Ind., earned $1,796 as the co-angler winner Saturday thanks to five bass weighing 6 pounds, 12 ounces that he caught.

Rounding out the top five co-anglers are Larry Kitchel of Monticello, Ind. (four bass, 6-8, $898); Roger Neef of Martinsville, Ind. (three bass, 5-1, $598); Jim Krider of North Vernon, Ind. (three bass, 5-0, $419); and David Reaves of Cleves, Ohio (two bass, 4-12, $359).

Josh Patterson earned $230 as the co-angler Big Bass winner after catching a 4-pound, 4-ounce bass.

The next Hoosier Division event will be held on the Lake Patoka in Jasper, Ind, July 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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