Burroughs Wins Walmart Bass Fishing League Savannah River Division Event on Lake Hartwell


Jason Burroughs of Hodges, S.C., weighed a five-bass limit totaling 19 pounds, 4 ounces Saturday to win the fourth Walmart Bass Fishing League Savannah River Division tournament of 2014 on Lake Hartwell. For his victory, Burroughs earned $6,427.

“I threw a chrome-colored Lucky Craft Gunfish 115 all day,” said Burroughs, who earned his second career FLW win. “I caught fish pretty much from start to end and probably caught 23 or 24 bass total.

“I was targeting the blueback herring spawn on red clay points. I started at the mouth of the Seneca River and fished about 5 miles up the lake, targeting a bunch of different points.

“I was really hoping I would win,” Burroughs continued. “I knew that I had a real good shot. But, I wasn’t sure because I actually lost a fish that was about five pounds and that would have put my weight over 20 pounds.

“It was good to win,” Burroughs said. “Once I got back to the ramp everybody was talking about how tough it was and 16 pounds was leading. I had more than 16 pounds, so I knew I would be alright.”

Rounding out the top 10 pros were:

2nd: Adam Rice, Anderson, S.C., five bass, 16-4, $2,064
3rd: Eric Jeter, Asheville, N.C., five bass, 15-15, $1,377
4th: Jayme Rampey, Liberty, S.C., five bass, 15-12, $963
5th: Scott Hoopaugh, Danielsville, Ga., five bass, 15-11, $825
6th: Sammy Moody, Mauldin, S.C., five bass, 15-3, $757
7th: Scott Browning, Franklin, N.C., five bass, 15-0, $688
8th: Michael Anders, Pelzer, S.C., five bass, 14-15, $619
9th: Jeremy Strong, Elberton, Ga., five bass, 14-14, $550 + $300 Evinrude Bonus
10th: Thomas Guthke, Hendersonville, N.C., 14-12, $482

Complete results can be found at FLWOutdoors.com.

Kevin Landreth of Seneca, S.C., weighed in a five-bass limit totaling 11 pounds, 4 ounces Saturday to win $2,064 in the co-angler division.

Rounding out the top 10 co-anglers were:

2nd: Phil Byrum, Bowersville, Ga., five bass, 11-3, $1,032
3rd: Matthew Smith, Honea Path, S.C., five bass, 10-15, $688
4th: Bryan Cothran, Belton, S.C., five bass, 10-4, $482
5th: Aaron Curry, Waynesville, N.C., five bass, 10-2, $413
6th: Jaris McGee, Honea Path, S.C., five bass, 9-13, $378
7th: Darren Jeter, Marshal, N.C., five bass, 9-7, $344
8th: Mark Ezuka, Demorest, Ga., five bass, 9-2, $292
8th: Tim Whitaker, Fairview, N.C., four bass, 9-2, $292
10th: Dennis Medlin, Anderson, S.C., five bass, 9-0, $241

The top 40 boaters and 40 co-anglers based on point standings will qualify for the Oct. 9-11 Regional Championship on Lake Cherokee in Morristown, Tenn. 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. The 2014 BFL All-American is being held June 5-7 on Wilson Lake in Florence, Ala. Top winners in the BFL can move up to the Rayovac FLW Series or even the Walmart FLW Tour.

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