Trudel wins co-angler title

Steven Stinson of Pickering, Ontario, weighed a five-bass limit totaling 32 pounds, 10 ounces Saturday to win the Walmart Bass Fishing League Gator Division event on Lake Okeechobee in Clewiston, Fla. For his victory, Stinson earned $6,011.

Rounding out the top 10 pros were:

  • 2nd:   Jim Hurlock Jr., Lake Worth, Fla., five bass, 26-5, $3,006
  • 3rd:   Andrew Lee, Cocoa, Fla., five bass, 19-7, $1,702
  • 3rd:   Michael Meisenheimer, Sunrise, Fla., four bass, 19-7, $1,702
  • 5th:    Jim Folks, Melbourne, Fla., five bass, 19-2, $1,202
  • 6th:    Billy Jackson Jr., Ocala, Fla., five bass, 18-15, $1,102
  • 7th:    Miles Burghoff, Orlando, Fla., five bass, 18-10, $1,002
  • 8th:    Doug Harris, Loxahatchee, Fla., five bass, 16-9, $902
  • 9th:    Jimmie Murphy, Ocala, Fla., five bass, 16-8, $802
  • 10th: Keith Fels, Ocala, Fla., five bass, 16-6, $701

Complete results can be found at

James Trudel of Boca Raton, Fla., weighed a five-bass limit totaling 17 pounds, 14 ounces Saturday to win $3,006 in the co-angler division.

Rounding out the top 10 co-anglers were:

  • 2nd:   Robert Turcotte, Naples, Fla., five bass, 14-2, $3,006
  • 3rd:   Scott Crisafulli, Sunrise, Fla., five bass, 13-12, $1,503
  • 4th:    Brock Stanaland, Okeechobee, Fla., five bass, 12-15, $1,008
  • 5th:    Raymond Rupp, The Villages, Fla., five bass, 12-13, $701
  • 6th:    James Atkins, Okeechobee, Fla., five bass, 12-5, $601
  • 7th:    Keith Stills, Eustis, Fla., five bass, 12-2, $551
  • 8th:    James Blount, Rockledge, Fla., five bass, 12-1, $501
  • 9th:    Jay Trudel, Boca Raton, Fla., five bass, 12-0, $451
  • 10th: Michael Dubick, Coral Springs, Fla., five bass, 11-14, $401

The next BFL Gator Division tournament is scheduled for Feb. 16 on Lake Okeechobee in Okeechobee, Fla. After the fifth divisional tournament is complete, the top 40 boaters and 40 co-anglers based on point standings will qualify for the Oct. 3–5 Regional Championship on Lake Guntersville, 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.

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