Curt Fiessinger of Fort Loramie, Ohio, weighed a five-bass limit totaling 11 pounds, 7 ounces Saturday to win the Walmart Bass Fishing League Buckeye Division event on Indian Lake. For his victory, Fiessinger earned $4,498 plus a $2,000 bonus from Ranger.
Fiessinger was using crankbaits in pads and weeds near the game preserve to catch his fish.
Rounding out the top 10 boaters were:
- 2nd: Dirk Davenport, Delawaer, Ohio, five bass, 11-4, $2,249
- 3rd: Zach Maisch, Lima, Ohio, three bass, 10-2, $1,496
- 4th: Jay Gillfillan, Ridgeway, Ohio, five bass, 8-13, $1,050
- 5th: Gary Ginter, Maplewood, Ohio, five bass, 8-12, $900
- 6th: Deny Dabbelt, Celina, Ohio, five bass, 8-10, $825
- 7th: Kyle Weisenburger, Findlay, Ohio, five bass, 8-9, $750
- 8th: James Hailstones, Cincinnati, Ohio, five bass, 8-5, $637 & Joe McNamara, Marysville, Ohio, five bass, 8-5, $637
- 10th: Brent Willey, Gahanna, Ohio, five bass, 8-3, $526
Complete results can be found at FLWOutdoors.com.
Cody Wayne Hall of Xena, Ohio, weighed in five bass totaling 7 pounds, 13 ounces Saturday to win $2,193 in the co-angler division.
Rounding out the top 10 co-anglers were:
- 2nd: William Redmond, Sciotoville, Ohio, four bass, 7-11, $1,096
- 3rd: Christopher Iredale, Bethel, Ohio, five bass, 7-5, $621
- 3rd: Ryan Rich, Eaton, Ohio, five bass, 7-5, $621
- 5th: Andy Pierce, Norton, Ohio, three bass, 5-13, $439
- 6th: Brent Jones, Okeana, Ohio, three bass, 5-11, $402
- 7th: George Ginter, Sidney, Ohio, three bass, 5-9, $365
- 8th: Darian Ginter, Maplewood, Ohio, three bass, 5-4, $329
- 9th: Todd Kuipers, West Chester, Ohio, three bass, 5-2, $292
- 10th: Michael Safreed, Beavercreek, Ohio, three bass, 4-12, $256
The next BFL Buckeye Division tournament is scheduled for June 16 on Mosquito Lake in Cortland, Ohio. After the fifth Buckeye Division tournament is complete, the top 40 boaters and 40 co-anglers based on point standings will qualify for the Oct. 11-13 Regional Championship on Lake Barkley in Kuttawa, Ky. Boaters will compete for a top award of a Ranger Z518 with a 200-horsepower Evinrude or Mercury outboard and a Chevy Silverado, while co-anglers will fish for a new Ranger Z518 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. The 2012 BFL All-American is being held May 17–19 on the Potomac River in National Harbor, Md. Top winners in the BFL can move up to the EverStart Series or even the Walmart FLW Tour.