Dicky Newberry of Houston, Texas, weighed a five-bass limit totaling 36 pounds, 5 ounces Saturday to win the Walmart Bass Fishing League Cowboy Division event on the Sam Rayburn Reservoir. For his victory, Newberry earned $6,541.
“I had located these fish a few weeks ago and have been doing quite well on them,” said Newberry. “I had been catching 20- to 25-pound stringers off the spot for a solid three weeks in a row. It was my planned starting point of the day and I was boat 22, so I was able to get there first.
“When I arrived at the spot I caught a 6-pounder fairly quickly, but had some trouble getting anymore bites for the next 15 to 20 minutes,” Newberry continued. “I finally moved over to another location on the same ridge and caught a fish that weighed almost nine pounds. I quickly made another cast in there and broke one off. Immediately on the next cast I caught my biggest fish of the day, the 10-7. It all happened so fast.”
Newberry describes the spots he was fishing as staging areas in six to 10 feet of water. These key spots were located on clay points, adjacent to the lake’s large spawning flats.
“Most of the fish came on a 1-ounce football jig,” Newberry went on to say. “This is the largest stringer I have ever caught in an individual tournament. It was a very exciting day.”
Rounding out the top 10 pros were:
- 2nd: Kevin Lasyone, Dry Prong, La., five bass, 21-11, $2,270
- 3rd: Randy Deaver, Blanchard, La., five bass, 19-13, $1,514
- 4th: Harold Allen, Shelbyville, Texas, five bass, 17-0, $1,060
- 5th: Tommy Dickerson, Orange, Texas, five bass, 16-2, $908
- 6th: Myron Beachy, Baytown, Texas, five bass, 16-0, $795
- 6th: Teddy Cloide, Vidor, Texas, five bass, 16-0, $795
- 8th: James Dunn, Lecompte, La., five bass, 15-1, $681
- 9th: Kent Graham, Nacogdoches, Texas, five bass, 15-00, $605
- 10th: Corey Stanley, Orange, Texas, five bass, 14-8, $530
Complete results can be found at FLWOutdoors.com.
Charles Hogg of Haughton, La., weighed in four bass totaling 17 pounds, 2 ounces Saturday to win $2,270 in the co-angler division.
Rounding out the top 10 co-anglers were:
- 2nd: Tazz Ferrell, McKinney, Texas, five bass, 16-6, $1,135
- 3rd: Bill Fussell, Thibodaux, La., five bass, 15-12, $757
- 4th: Dylan Griffin, Port Arthur, Texas, four bass, 13-9, $530
- 5th: Billy Carlisle Sr., West Monroe, La., five bass, 13-5, $454
- 6th: Randy Pewthers, Pearland, Texas, five bass, 13-4, $416
- 7th: William Dowden, Leesville, La., five bass, 12-11, $378
- 8th: Don Bonner, Bossier City, La., five bass, 10-14, $341
- 9th: Bronk McDaniel, Pitkin, La., five bass, 10-10, $303
- 10th: Charles Dellard, Burleson, Texas, three bass, 10-8, $265
The next BFL Cowboy Division tournament is scheduled for Feb. 23 on Toledo Bend Reservoir in Many, La. After the fifth divisional tournament is complete, the top 40 boaters and 40 co-anglers based on point standings will qualify for the Oct. 17-19 Regional Championship on Lake Texoma in Pottsboro, Texas. 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 2013 BFL All-American is being held June 27–29 on the Nickajack Lake in Chattanooga, Tenn. Top winners in the BFL can move up to the EverStart Series or even the Walmart FLW Tour.
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