Brad Roberts of Faubush, Ky., had a two-day total of nine bass that weighed 27 pounds to win the Walmart Bass Fishing League Mountain Division Super Tournament on the Barren River Sunday. For his victory, Roberts earned $5,126 plus $2,000 Ranger Cup bonus.
Catching over 70 bass on the final day, Roberts said he went through a lot of small fish to find the keepers. Because the shallow fish were heavily pressured he indicated that he spent half the days shallow in about 2 to 3 feet of water and the other half days in over 20 feet of water.
“I started each day shallow,” Roberts said. “I was flipping and pitching a Zoom Brush Hog and mixing it up with some topwater stuff early. Then about three of four hours into the day I moved deeper to do some off-shore fishing. I was targeting hard bottoms with a heavy football jig. It felt really good to get this victory.”
Rounding out the top 10 boaters were:
2nd: Gary Bowens, Byrdstown, Tenn., 10 bass, 24-14, $2,563
3rd: Mike Casada, Stearns, Ky., nine bass, 24-13, $1,709
4th: Keith Monson, Burgin, Ky., nine bass, 22-8, $1,196
5th: Mark Morgan, Somerset, Ky., nine bass, 22-1, $1,025
6th: Dustin McKinney, Glasgow, Ky., nine bass, 21-8, $940
7th: Charles Morrison, Georgetown, Ky., eight bass, 21-1, $854
8th: Aaron Bidarian, Somerset, Ky., eight bass, 18-0, $769
9th: Chris Gerrein, Villa Hills, Ky., eight bass, 17-14, $683
10th: Earl Milby, Campbellsville, Ky., seven bass, 17-5, $598
Complete results can be found at FLWOutdoors.com.
Rounding out the top 10 co-anglers were:
2nd: Mark Major, Lancaster, Ky., eight bass, 16-1, $1,266
3rd: Shawn Monhollen Somerset, Ky., eight bass, 13-12, $846
4th: Shane Sparks, Allardt, Tenn., seven bass, 12-12, $591
5th: Jason Burden, Lexington, Ky., five bass, 12-0, $506
6th: Tony Johnson, London, Ky., four bass, 10-10, $464
7th: Joe Silvers, Monticello, Ky., six bass, 10-6, $422
8th: William Thompson, Somerset, Ky., five bass, 10-5, $380
9th: James Wathen, Lagrange, Ky., five bass, 9-7, $338
10th: Tim Kempf, Louisville, Ky., four bass, 8-12, $295
The top 40 boaters and 40 co-anglers in the Mountain Division, based on point standings, have now qualified for the Oct. 11-13 Regional Championship on Kerr Lake in Henderson, N.C. 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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