Richard Wins Wal-Mart Bass Fishing League Event On Red River

Category: Tournament

 May 19th, 2008 by OutdoorsFIRST 

Modified May 19th, 2008 at 12:00 AM

NATCHITOCHES, La. (May 19, 2008) – Boater Mark Richard of Bridge City, La., won the Wal-Mart Bass Fishing League
Louisiana/Texas Division tournament on the Red River Saturday with a
five-bass catch weighing 15 pounds. The victory earned Richard $3,801
and placed him one step closer to qualifying for the Lake Ouachita
Regional Championship in Mount Ida, Ark., Oct. 23-25, where he could
ultimately win a new 198VX Ranger boat and a Chevy truck.

Richard caught his bass throwing a black Stanley Ribbit Frog in 3 to 6 feet of water near Colfax.

out the top five boaters are Aaron Johnson of Bossier City, La. (five
bass, 14-13, $2,236); Marc Gatwood of Hattiesburg, Miss. (five bass,
13-11, $1,492); Glen Freeman of Converse, La. (five bass, 13-08,
$1,043) and Glenn Robertson of Shreveport, La. (five bass, 12-07, $894).

Dunn of Orange, Texas, Nicholas Albus of Trinity, Texas and Tim Achee
of Hemphill, Texas each took home the Boater Division Snickers Big Bass
award, earning $216 for a 5-pound, 2-ounce bass.

Dranguet of Natchitoches, La., earned $2,236 as the co-angler winner
Saturday thanks to five bass weighing 13 pounds, 11 ounces that he
caught on a Zoom Brush Hog.

out the top five co-anglers are Jeffrey Wharton of Houston, Texas
(three bass, 8-10, $1,118); Bobby Barreraz of Center, Texas (five bass,
7-15, $633); Daniel Thomas of Pineville, La. (three bass, 7-15, $633)
and Ronald Roth of Ocean Springs, Miss. (four bass, 7-12, $447).
Tucker of Montgomery, La. and Michael Frost of Cookville, Texas each
earned $162 as the co-angler Big Bass winner after catching a 4-pound,
10-ounce bass.

division’s fourth qualifying event will be held on Toledo Bend in Many,
La., June 28. A two-day Super Tournament, the division’s fifth and
final event, will be held on Sam Rayburn Reservoir in Jasper, Texas,
Sept. 20-21.

the end of regular-season competition, the top 40 boaters and 40
co-anglers based on year-end points standings in the division will
advance to the no-entry-fee Lake Ouachita Regional Championship where
they will compete against top qualifiers from three other BFL
divisions. At the Regional Championship boaters will fish for a new
Ranger boat and Chevy truck and co-anglers will fish for a new Ranger
boat. The top six boaters and top six co-anglers at the Regional
Championship will also advance to the All-American presented by Chevy.
With a total purse of $1 million, a potential $140,000 cash prize going
to the winning boater and as much as $70,000 going to the winning
co-angler, the All-American is one of the most prestigious and
lucrative events in bass fishing. The
winning boater and winning co-angler at the All-American also advance
to the no-entry-fee $2 million Forrest Wood Cup. This event, featuring
a top award of $1 million, is the sport’s biggest championship.

The $8.8 million Wal-Mart Bass Fishing League features 28 divisions
nationwide. In BFL competition, boaters and co-anglers are randomly
paired. Boaters supply the boat and fish from the front deck against
other boaters while co-anglers compete from the back deck against other

Outdoors, named after Forrest L. Wood, the legendary founder of Ranger
Boats, is the largest fishing tournament organization in the world. In
2008 alone the organization is offering more than 90,000 anglers the
chance to win over $40 million through 230 tournaments in 10 circuits
targeting bass, walleye, redfish, kingfish and striped bass. FLW
Outdoors is also taking fishing mainstream with the largest cash awards
in the history of fantasy sports, $7.3 million.

more information about FLW Outdoors and its tournaments, visit
FLWOutdoors.com or call (270) 252-1000. For more information about FLW
Fantasy Fishing and Player’s Advantage, visit FantasyFishing.com.

Total awards are based on a full field of 200 boats in every tournament.

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