Donald Poteat of Morganton, N.C., had a two-day total of 10 bass that weighed 28 pounds, 13 ounces to win the Walmart Bass Fishing League Savannah Division Super Tournament on Lake Hartwell Sunday. For his victory, Poteat earned $5,690 plus $1,000 Evinrude bonus.

Not having fished a tournament with FLW since 2006, Poteat’s wife bought his entry fee as a birthday present and what a present it turned out to be!

“I fished the same 200 yard stretch in Gumlog Creek for two days straight,” said Poteat. “All the fish I weighed were caught with a Zoom Old Monster on 20 pound test line with an 1/8-ounce sinker, Texas rigged. This is the kind of fishing that I like to do.”

Rounding out the top 10 boaters were:

2nd:      Jerry Kotal, Elberton, Ga., 10 bass, 28-8, $2,845

3rd:      Blake Campbell, Anderson, S.C., 10 bass, 28-1, $1,897

4th:       Brandon Cobb, Greenwood, S.C., 10 bass, 27-6, $1,328

5th:       Kerry Partain, Elberton, Ga., 10 bass, 27-3, $1,138

6th:       Mike Strickland, Watkinsville, Ga., 10 bass, 27-0, $1,043

7th:       Conrad Bolt, Seneca, S.C., 10 bass, 26-10, $948

8th:       Michael Anders, Pelzer, S.C., 10 bass, 26-6, $853

9th:       Dustin Ross, Lyman, S.C., 10 bass, 26-1, $759

10th:     James Sanders, Hartwell, Ga., 10 bass, 25-9, $664

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Bryan Cothran of Belton, S.C., weighed 10 bass totaling 22  pounds, 6 ounces Sunday to win $2,845 in the co-angler division.

Rounding out the top 10 co-anglers were:

2nd:   Laura Gober, Pendergrass, Ga., 10 bass, 19-11, $1,422

3rd:   Derek Lehtonen, Woodruff, S.C., 10 bass, 18-5, $948

4th:    Adam Fincher, Roebuck, S.C., six bass, 18-2, $664

5th:    Brian McHone, Laurens, S.C., nine bass, 17-3, $569

6th:    Chris Threlkeld, Elberton, Ga., 10 bass, 16-10, $522

7th:    Cody Coker, Comer, Ga., nine bass, 16-7, $474

8th:    Bill Hawkins, Piedmont, S.C., 10 bass, 16-7, $427

9th:    Anthony Marks, Spartanburg, S.C., eight bass, 14-6, $379

10th: Scott Roberts, Asheville, N.C., nine bass, 13-5, $332

The top 40 boaters and 40 co-anglers in the Savannah River Division, based on point standings, have now qualified for the Oct. 4-6 Regional Championship on Lake Seminole in Bainbridge, Ga. 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.

Image courtesy FLW Outdoors

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