Wilborn Wins Walmart Bass Fishing League Event on Wheeler Lake

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 Jun 29th, 2009 by OutdoorsFIRST 

Modified Jun 29th, 2009 at 12:00 AM

Decatur, Ala. (June 29, 2009) – O.B. Wilborn of Stevenson, Ala., won the Walmart Bass Fishing League® Choo Choo Division tournament on Wheeler Lake Saturday with a five-bass catch weighing 17 pounds, 6 ounces. The victory earned Wilborn $4,279 and placed him one step closer to qualifying for the Clarks Hill Lake Regional Championship in Appling, Ga., Oct. 15-17, where he could ultimately win a new Ranger boat and a Chevy truck.

“We caught at least 15 keepers,” said Wilborn. “Most of the fish were around the 1½  to 2 pound range.”

“We were fishing deep at the lower end of the lake catching them anywhere from 20 to 22 feet deep. We stayed and slowly worked the same area. It was about a 20-yard stretch that we fished,” Wilborn said.

Wilborn caught his limit fishing with a Red Bug 10-inch worm, a Lucky Craft Flat D-20 crankbait and a Flutter Spoon.

Rounding out the top five boaters are Jon Simpson of Florence, Ala. (five bass, 15-12, $2,140); Brian Tims of Vincent, Ala. (five bass, 14-11, $1,426); Kenneth Smith of Tullahoma, Tenn. (five bass, 13-12, $998) and Thomas Helton of Charleston, Tenn. (five bass, 13-8, $856).

Simpson took home the Boater Division Big Bass award, earning $605 for a 5-pound, 6-ounce bass he caught.

Rusty Gregg of Cleveland, Tenn., earned $2,140 as the co-angler winner Saturday thanks to a five-bass catch weighing 14 pounds even that he caught on a crankbait.

Rounding out the top five co-anglers are Paul Stidham of Cullman, Ala. (five bass, 12-4, $1,070); Harry Peyton II of Decatur, Ala. (five bass, 11-15, $712); Stan Brooks of Centre, Ala. (five bass, 11-13, $499); and Johnny Prince, Sr. of Brookwood, Ala. (five bass, 11-9, $428).

Mike D’Angleo, Jr. earned $302 as the co-angler Big Bass winner after catching a 4-pound, 9-ounce bass.

The next Choo Choo Division event will be the Super Tournament held on the Lake Guntersville in Scottsboro, Ala., 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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