Wes Logan of Springville, Ala., weighed a five-bass limit totaling 18 pounds, 9 ounces Saturday to win the Walmart Bass Fishing League Bama Division event on Neely Henry. For his victory, Logan earned $3,766.
In his third BFL tournament on Neely Henry, Logan got his second win on a lake that is turning out to be his sweet spot.
“I wasn’t able to get in any practice because of work,” said Logan. “The day started out really slow for me. I think my co-angler had three in the boat before I even had a bite. Then after about an hour I caught my first fish, and it was a 4 ½-pounder. I then caught enough fish to fill out my limit, but it was small so decided to fish some new stuff up the river.
“That didn’t work, so I went back to where I started,” Logan continued. “I wasn’t able to get anything going there, so I decided to flip some piers that were in the area. I caught my big fish – 5-pounder – there and that was the last bite I had all day. It was about 10:45.”
Logan started his day on the main river channel targeting rocks and laydowns with homemade jigs. After that, he tried to target grass in about 2 feet of water, but it was flipping piers that ultimately helped him claim victory.
Rounding out the top 10 pros were:
2nd: Allen Yarborough, Birmingham, Ala., five bass, 14-13, $1,883
3rd: Patrick Dobbins, Opelika, Ala., five bass, 14-12, $1067
3rd: James McMon, Columbiana, Ala., five bass, 14-12, $1067
5th: Winston Steen, Wellington, Ala., five bass, 14-11, $721
5th: Larry Walters, Tuscaloosa, Ala., five bass, 14-11, $721
7th: Kyle Dorsett, Odenville, Ala., five bass, 14-10, $628
8th: Joey Aderhold, Birmingham, Ala., five bass, 14-9, $565
9th: Billy Brindle, Calhoun, Ga., five bass, 14-5, $502
10th: Chris Rutland, Wetumpka, Ala., five bass, 13-13, $439
Danny Moss of Glencoe, Ala., weighed five bass totaling 15 pounds, 11 ounces Saturday to win the co-angler division. Moss earned $1,883 for his victory.
Rounding out the top 10 co-anglers were:
2nd: William Starley, Newnan, Ga., five bass, 12-10, $942
3rd: Hulan Mattox, Alexander City, Ala., five bass, 12-7, $627
4th: Wayne Kilgore, Attalla, Ala., five bass, 12-1, $439
5th: David Wheat, Collinsville, Miss., five bass, 11-14, $377
6th: Gary Marlowe, Montgomery, Ala., five bass, 11-11, $345
7th: Matt Riggs, Newnan, Ga., five bass, 11-8, $314
8th: Nathan Stephen, Montgomery, Ala., five bass, 11-7, $282
9th: Mickey Keen, Prattville, Ala., five bass, 11-5, $251
10th: James Sharp, Leesburg, Ga., five bass, 10-8, $220
The next BFL Bama Division tournament is scheduled for Sept. 28-29 on Lake Mitchell in Clanton, Ala. After the last 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 Hartwell in Lavonia, 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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