Brent Anderson of Kingston Springs, Tenn., weighed a two-day total of 10 bass totaling 36 pounds, 15 ounces to win the Walmart Bass Fishing League Music City Division super tournament on Kentucky Lake Sunday. For his victory, Anderson earned $4,971.
“I was fishing to win, and to do that I knew I wasn’t going to get many bites,” said Anderson, who has now won four BFL events on Kentucky Lake.
“I was concentrating on shallow ledges in 4 to 8 feet of water with isolated stumps on them,” explained Anderson. “I caught all my fish on a black and blue-colored ¾-ounce Strike King Tour Grade Football Jig with an Okeechobee Craw-colored Strike King Rage Tail Craw. I only caught eight keepers on day one.
“I started the day the same way on day two, but by noon I only had two fish,” Anderson continued. “A cold front had come in and there was an east wind and I started to think a limit might be very valuable. So, I picked up and ran to some deep schools and threw a drop-shot to finish out the day and catch the rest of my limit.
“I gambled that everyone else would struggle, and I knew I could catch some deep. It ended up being a good decision.”
Anderson said that he caught his drop-shot fish with a Purple Haze-colored 7-inch Strike King 3X Elaztech Finesse Worm.
Rounding out the top 10 pros were:
2nd: James Byrd, Florence, Ala., 10 bass, 34-7, $1,985
3rd: Drew Boggs, Lebanon, Tenn., 10 bass, 34-1, $1,324
4th: Edward Gettys, Columbia, Tenn., 10 bass, 33-5, $927 + $300 Evinrude Bonus
5th: John Hopkins, Hendersonville, Tenn., 10 bass, 33-1, $794
6th: Scott Brummett, Brentwood, Tenn., eight bass, 32-13, $728
7th: Chris Hicks, Hendersonville, Tenn., eight bass, 29-10, $662
8th: Phillip Bates, Bon Aqua, Tenn., eight bass, 28-15, $596
9th: Shawn Perrigo, Rienzi, Miss., seven bass, 27-5, $529
10th: James Christian, Dickson, Tenn., seven bass, 23-1, $463
Complete results can be found at FLWOutdoors.com.
Joe Long of Moscow, Tenn., weighed in a two-day total of nine bass totaling 28 pounds, 7 ounces to win $1,986 in the co-angler division Sunday.
Rounding out the top 10 co-anglers were:
2nd: Tildon Drake, Jasper, Ala., eight bass, 24-11, $993
3rd: Brandon Adcock, McMinnville, Tenn., six bass, 21-10, $660
4th: Robert Wade, Jackson, Mo., five bass, 17-13, $463
5th: Matthew Elrod, Sparta, Tenn., six bass, 16-4, $397
6th: Matthew Mattingly, Gravel Switch, Ky., six bass, 15-10, $364
7th: E.J. Gunter, Bon Aqua, Tenn., five bass, 13-15, $331
8th: Vinson Thompson, Bartlett, Tenn., four bass, 11-10, $298
9th: Scott Kirk, Etta, Miss., four bass, 11-8, $265
10th: John Swords, Collierville, Tenn., four bass, 9-2, $232
The top 40 boaters and 40 co-anglers based on point standings will qualify for the Oct. 9-11 Regional Championship on Pickwick Lake in Florence, Ala. 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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