Nash Wins Walmart BFL on Old Hickory Lake
Jul 1st, 2014 by OutdoorsFIRST
Modified Jul 1st, 2014 at 12:00 AM
GALLATIN, Tenn. – Anthony Nash of Quebeck, Tenn., weighed a five-bass limit totaling 18 pounds, 12 ounces Saturday to win the fourth Walmart Bass Fishing League Music City Division tournament of 2014 on Old Hickory Lake. For his victory, Nash earned $2,838.
“I started out shallow flipping a jig around wood and caught a limit pretty quickly,” said Nash, who earned his first career win with FLW. “Then, I went out into the main lake and fished a couple of brush piles in 10 to 12 feet of water and caught two that weighed over five pounds. I stayed out there for about an hour and a half after that and didn’t catch anything else so I ran up the lake to an area around Spring Creek.
“I went shallow and started swimming a ½-ounce homemade swimjig with a swimbait for a trailer,” Nash continued. “I caught about 20 keepers, and another five-pounder there. I was swimming the jig on channel swings that dropped from about 5 feet to 8, and I had the boat in about 10 feet of water.
“It felt good to win,” finished Nash. “I have fished four tournaments in a row on Old Hickory and I knew there were some good fish biting. I’ve had some bad luck in the past, but I finally got the monkey off of my back.”
Nash said that the jig he flipped shallow was a green-pumpkin-colored 3/8-ounce D & L Tackle Advantage Jig with an 8-inch Zoom Lizard for a trailer.
Rounding out the top 10 pros were:
2nd: Adam Wagner, Cookeville, Tenn., five bass, 16-5, $1,419
3rd: Lance Oligschlaeger, Gallatin, Tenn., five bass, 15-1, $948
4th: Bryan Montgomery, Lebanon, Tenn., five bass, 13-13, $662
5th: Tim Staley, Dowelltown, Tenn., five bass, 13-8, $568
6th: Chris Wooten, West Point, Miss., five bass, 13-7, $520
7th: John Lewis, Chapel Hill, Tenn., five bass, 13-1, $473
8th: Matt Stanley, Alexandria, Tenn., five bass, 13-0, $426
9th: Steve Whitaker, Scottsville, Ky., five bass, 12-6, $378
10th: Jeff Lokken, Lebanon, Tenn., five bass, 12-5, $331
Complete results can be found at FLWOutdoors.com.
Ryan Benson of Pinson, Tenn., weighed in a five-bass limit totaling 15 pounds even Saturday to win $1,419 in the co-angler division.
Rounding out the top 10 co-anglers were:
2nd: Daniel Douglas, Birmingham, Ala., five bass, 13-5, $710
3rd: Ed Bennington, Scottsville, Ky., five bass, 13-3, $473
4th: Jerry Armstrong, Shelbyville, Tenn., five bass, 10-0, $331
5th: Jim Fontaine, Smyrna, Tenn., five bass, 9-10, $284
6th: Gerald Williams, Scottsville, Ky., four bass, 9-5, $260
7th: Brandon Russell, Murfreesboro, Tenn., five bass, 8-13, $237
8th: Steve Melton, Shelbyville, Tenn., four bass, 8-11, $213
9th: Mark Joines, McMinnville, Tenn., four bass, 8-0, $189
10th: Andy Paschedag, Edwardsville, Ill., four bass, 7-9, $166
The top 40 boaters and 40 co-anglers based on point standings will qualify for the Oct. 9-11 Regional Championship on Pickwick Lake in Florence, Ala. Boaters will compete for a top award of a Ranger Z518C with a 200-horsepower Evinrude or Mercury outboard and a Chevy Silverado, while co-anglers will fish for a new Ranger Z518C with a 200-horsepower Evinrude or Mercury outboard.
The BFL is a 24-division circuit devoted to weekend anglers, with 120 tournaments throughout the season, five in each division. The top 40 boaters and co-anglers from each division qualify for a regional tournament and compete to finish in the top six, which then qualifies them for one of the longest-running championships in all of competitive bass fishing – the Walmart BFL All-American presented by Chevy. Top winners in the BFL can move up to the Rayovac FLW Series or even the Walmart FLW Tour.
FLW is the industry’s premier tournament-fishing organization, providing anglers of all skill levels the opportunity to compete for millions in prize money nationwide in 2014 over the course of 229 tournaments across five tournament circuits, four of which provide an avenue to the sport’s richest payday and most coveted championship trophy – the Forrest Wood Cup. FLW tournament fishing can be seen on the Emmy-nominated “FLW” television show and is broadcast to more than 564 million households worldwide, making it the most widely distributed weekly outdoors-sports television show in the world. For more information about FLW visit www.FLWOutdoors.com and look for FLW on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.