National Guard pro Mark Rose of West Memphis, Ark., weighed a five-bass limit totaling 19 pounds, 5 ounces Saturday to win the Walmart Bass Fishing League LBL Division event on Kentucky/Barkley Lakes. For his victory, Rose earned $6,584.
“Well I had spent the week prior to this event fishing the FLW Tour here,” said Rose, who has career earnings of more than $1.4 million on the FLW Tour. “After that tournament, I was really just mad at the lake. It just didn’t work out for me in that event, so I had planned to come back to redeem myself and fish just for fun. A friend of mine told me about the BFL event that was scheduled, so I signed up on Friday. I just fished the same stuff as I had during the Tour event, and this time it worked out the way it was supposed to.
“I was fishing Kentucky Lake, from the mid-lake area down to the dam,” Rose continued. “I was targeting the ledges, around 18 to 22 feet deep. I threw a few different baits throughout the day. I found success using a Strike King 6XD crankbait and Strike King Swimbaits. I also caught quite a few on the Alabama Rig. I caught around 25 fish pretty steadily throughout the day. My knowledge of the Tennessee River chain and the summertime pattern was the key to my victory this time. Now, it’s time to get ready for Lake Champlain.”
Rounding out the top 10 pros were:
2nd: Keith Amerson, Bethel Springs, Tenn., five bass, 18-8, $2,292
3rd: Greg Sallee, Gilbertsville, Ky., five bass, 18-0, $1,529
4th: Billy Schroeder, Paducah, Ky., five bass, 17-1, $1,070
5th: Charles Jones, Jackson, Tenn., five bass, 16-13, $917
6th: Shane Ross, Pembroke, Ky., five bass, 16-2, $840
7th: Harry Barber, Earlington, Ky., five bass, 16-1, $764
8th: Cody Sullivan, Dewey, Ill., five bass, 15-9, $688
9th: Ben Johnson, Paducah, Ky., five bass, 15-6, $611
10th: Michael Wooley, Collierville, Tenn., five bass, 15-2, $535
Complete results can be found at FLWOutdoors.com.
Chuck Rounds of Benton, Ky., weighed a five-bass limit totaling 17 pounds, 12 ounces Saturday to win $2,292 in the co-angler division.
Rounding out the top 10 co-anglers were:
2nd: Tim Cummings, Waynesboro, Tenn., five bass, 16-5, $1,146
3rd: Ryan Bollinger, Barnhart, Mo., five bass, 14-12, $765
4th: Michael Radake, Cape Girardeau, Mo., five bass, 14-8, $535
5th: John Wilkerson, Nashville, Tenn., five bass, 14-7, $458
6th: Justin Myers, Brownsburg, Ind., five bass, 13-9, $420
7th: Roger Crain, Louisville, Ky., five bass, 13-5, $382
8th: Jerry Wittmer, Louisville, Ky., four bass, 12-15, $344
9th: Dustin Baker, Clarksville, Tenn., five bass, 12-9, $306
10th: Lauris Ackerman, Bowling Green, Ky., five bass, 12-7, $254
10th: Scott Wasson, Evansville, Ind., five bass, 12-7, $254
The next BFL LBL Division tournament is scheduled for July 21 on Kentucky/Barkley Lakes in Gilbertsville, Ky. After the fifth LBL Division tournament is complete, the top 40 boaters and 40 co-anglers based on point standings will qualify for the Oct. 18-20 Regional Championship on Pickwick Lake in Florence, Ala. 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. Top winners in the BFL can move up to the EverStart Series or even the Walmart FLW Tour.
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