Dwight Fox of Gainesboro, Tenn., weighed a two-day total of 10 bass totaling 34 pounds, 14 ounces, to win the Walmart Bass Fishing League Mountain Division super tournament on Barren River Sunday. For his victory, Fox earned $6,188.
“That makes win number two this year and number four (on Barren River Lake) in the last three years,” said Fox, who has dominated on Barren River Lake in recent BFL history. “I practiced before the tournament and I caught a lot of fish but I didn’t catch many big fish,” said Fox. “But, this past cool spell dropped the water temperature and the bigger fish moved in to those same places.”
Fox said that he targeted chunk rock and big pieces of timber in 4 to 8 feet of water with a green-colored ½-ounce jig.
“I caught six good, solid keepers by 10:30 a.m. on Saturday on a strip of bank about a half mile long,” Fox said. “I came back the next day and made three trips down it and had a limit by 9:30 a.m., including one fish that was about 6 pounds.
“To me it was a perfect weekend,” Fox finished. “I didn’t really feel good about going, but everything fell into place. I’ll be 64 years old in a few days and it was a great early birthday present.”
Rounding out the top 10 pros were:
2nd: Kevin Snider, Elizabethtown, Ky., 10 bass, 32-9, $3,094
3rd: Keith Monson, Burgin, Ky., 10 bass, 30-1, $2,062
4th: Chris Gerrein, Villa Hills, Ky., 10 bass, 25-1, $1,444
5th: Vernon Sowers, Richmond, Ky., nine bass, 23-11, $1,238
6th: Joe Slagle, Bristol, Tenn., nine bass, 23-5, $1,134
7th: Tim Smiley, White Pine, Tenn., nine bass, 22-2, $1,031 + $300 Evinrude Bonus
8th: Brad Roberts, Faubush, Ky., 10 bass, 22-2, $928
9th: Josh Bolen, Wayland, Ky., 10 bass, 21-12, $825
10th: Phillip Williams Jr., Jamestown, Ky., 10 bass, 21-5, $722
Complete results can be found at FLWOutdoors.com.
Travis Key of Perryville, Ky., weighed in a two-day total of 10 bass totaling 20 pounds, 12 ounces to win $3,094 in the co-angler division Sunday.
Rounding out the top 10 co-anglers were:
2nd: Shane Sparks, Allardt, Tenn., eight bass, 18-15, $1,547
3rd: Michael Aldridge, Scottsville, Ky., eight bass, 17-4, $1,029
4th: Paul Flatt, Cookeville, Tenn., eight bass, 17-2, $722
5th: Andy Spencer, Glasgow, Ky., seven bass, 15-10, $619
6th: Robert Bowman, Coxs Creek, Ky., six bass, 14-3, $567
7th: Sam Loveless, Somerset, Ky., seven bass, 13-11, $516
8th: Tyler Wheet, Eubank, Ky., six bass, 12-11, $464
9th: Larry Brandenburg, Richmond, Ky., six bass, 12-9, $413
10th: Mark Major, Lancaster, Ky., six bass, 12-9, $361
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. Top winners in the BFL can move up to the Rayovac FLW Series or even the Walmart FLW Tour.
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