Darren Ashley of Calhoun Falls, S.C., and Adam Rice of Anderson, S.C., both weighed a five-bass limit totaling 15 pounds, 12 ounces Saturday to tie for first at the Walmart Bass Fishing League Savannah River Division event on Lake Keowee. Ashley earned $6,347 ($2,000 Ranger Cup Bonus) and Rice earned $4,347.

Rounding out the top 10 pros were:

  • 3rd: Furman Thompson, Clayton, Ga., five bass, 15-7, $1,934
  • 4th: Greg Glouse, Liberty, S.C., five bass, 13-8, $1,352
  • 5th: Joe Anders, Easley, S.C., five bass, 13-2, $1,159 + Evinrude Bonus: $300
  • 6th: Randy Childers, Anderson, S.C., five bass, 12-13, $1,063
  • 7th: Russel Clarke, Abbeville, S.C., five bass, 12-5, $966
  • 8th: Jerry Kotal, Elberton, Ga., five bass, 12-2, $869
  • 9th: Doug Workman, Cleveland, Ga., five bass, 11-14, $773
  • 10th: Craig Rozema, Simpsonville, S.C., five bass, 11-13, $676

Complete results can be found at FLWOutdoors.com.

Dustin Shirley of Royston, Ga., weighed a five-bass limit totaling 12 pounds, 11 ounces Saturday to win $2,898 in the co-angler division.

Rounding out the top 10 co-anglers were:

  • 2nd: Darren Jeter, Marshall, N.C., five bass, 9-15, $1,449
  • 3rd: Graham Rogers, Cleveland, Ga., five bass, 9-10, $967
  • 4th: Kevin Landreth, Seneca, S.C., five bass, 9-6, $628
  • 4th: David Smith, Anderson, S.C., five bass, 9-6, $628
  • 6th: Michael Smith, Piedmont, S.C., five bass, 9-0, $531
  • 7th: Steve Walls, Alpharetta, Ga., five bass, 8-14, $483
  • 8th: Shane Cantley, Lugoff, S.C., five bass, 8-9, $435
  • 9th: Adam Fincher, Roebuck, S.C., five bass, 8-8, $386
  • 10th: Bryan Cothran, Belton, S.C., five bass, 7-14, $321
  • 10th: Brad Rutherford, Lavonia, Ga., five bass, 7-14, $321

The next BFL Savannah River Division tournament is scheduled for March 9 on Lake Hartwell in Lavonia, Ga. After the fifth divisional tournament is complete, the top 40 boaters and 40 co-anglers based on point standings will qualify for the Oct. 10-12 Regional Championship on Lake Lanier in Gainesville, 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. 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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