Waterman Wins Walmart Bass Fishing League Event on Potomac River
Category: press release
Jun 15th, 2009 by OutdoorsFIRST
Modified Jun 15th, 2009 at 12:00 AM
MARBURY, Md. (June 15, 2009) – Kevin Waterman of La Plata, Md., won the Walmart Bass Fishing League® Northeast Division tournament on the Potomac River Saturday with a five-bass catch weighing 25 pounds, 3 ounces. The victory earned Waterman $4,948 and placed him one step closer to qualifying for the Potomac River Regional Championship in Marbury, Md., Oct. 8-10, where he could ultimately win a new Ranger boat and a Chevy truck.
Waterman said he caught the majority of his bass fishing the northern end of the lake flipping a jig.
Rounding out the top five boaters are Bryan Schmitt of Deale, Md. (five bass, 21-5, $2,474); Adam Janerella of Jersey Shore, Pa. (five bass, 20-11, $1,649); William Kramer of Gaithersburg, Md. (five bass, 19-2, $1,155) and Stacey Smith of Stephens City, Va. (five bass, 18-9, $990).
Jason Berry of Nanjemoy, Md., took home the Boater Division Big Bass award, earning $755 for a 7-pound, 4-ounce bass he caught.
Mark Snyder of Elizabethtown, Pa., earned $2,474 as the co-angler winner Saturday thanks to five bass weighing 17 pounds, 14 ounces.
Rounding out the top five co-anglers are Mike Morris of Dover, Del. (five bass, 16-15, $1,237); Christian Latimer of Mitchellville, Md. (five bass, 16-0, $824); Terry Olmstead of Lock Haven, Pa. (five bass, 15-8, $577); and John Olander of Phoenixville, Pa. (five bass, 15-4, $474).
Mark Snyder earned $377 as the co-angler Big Bass winner after catching a 6-pound bass.
The next Northeast Division event will be held on Chesapeake Bay in North East, Md., July 18.
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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