Cory Steckler of Rocky Mount, Mo., weighed a five-bass limit totaling 21 pounds, 4 ounces Saturday to win the second Walmart Bass Fishing League Ozark Division tournament of 2014 on Lake of the Ozarks. For his victory, Steckler earned $3,889.
Steckler said that he caught his fish throwing an umbrella rig in 8- to 15-feet of water in the North Shore area of the lake.
Rounding out the top 10 pros were:
2nd: Jay Hulsey, Bourbon, Mo., five bass, 19-9, $1,944
3rd: Steve Ruff, Wentzville, Mo., five bass, 18-3, $1,297
4th: Reggie Crabdree, Park Hills, Mo., five bass, 17-14, $907
5th: Jeremy Medina, Camdenton, Mo., five bass, 17-6, $778
6th: Mark Tucker, Kirkwood, Mo., five bass, 16-5, $713
7th: Andre Dickneite, Freeburg, Mo., five bass, 15-15, $648
8th: Shawn Kowal, Linn Creek, Mo., five bass, 15-4, $583
9th: Dan Brueggemann, Antioch, Ill., five bass, 14-15, $519
10th: Steve Ortiz, Lawrence, Kan., five bass, 14-0, $454
Complete results can be found at FLWOutdoors.com.
Billy Hicks of Richmond, Mo., weighed a five-bass limit totaling 17 pounds, 12 ounces Saturday to win $1,944 in the co-angler division.
Rounding out the top 10 co-anglers were:
2nd: Dennis Toops, Sunrise Beach, Mo., five bass, 12-3, $972
3rd: Steven Sizemore, O’Fallon, Mo., four bass, 9-4, $649
4th: James Beussink, Maryland Heights, Mo., five bass, 9-3, $454
5th: James Camden Jr., Clinton, Mo., four bass, 8-9, $389
6th: Joe Dietz, O’Fallon, Mo., three bass, 7-14, $356
7th: Jacob Harris, Bonne Terre, Mo., two bass, 7-10, $324
8th: William Bloomberg, West Burlington, Iowa, three bass, 6-11, $292
9th: Gary White, Lamar, Mo., three bass, 6-9, $259
10th: Donnie Agnew, Farmington, Mo., three bass, 6-6, $227
The top 40 boaters and 40 co-anglers based on point standings will qualify for the Oct. 16-18 Regional Championship on Sam Rayburn Reservoir in Jasper, Texas. Boaters will compete for a top award of a Ranger Z518C with a 200-horsepower Evinrude or Mercury outboard and a Chevy Silverado, while co-anglers will fish for a new Ranger Z518C 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 Rayovac FLW Series or even the Walmart FLW Tour.
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