The 2014 Walmart BFL season continues with five two-day super tournaments on Sept. 27-28. The Hoosier Division is headed to the Ohio River, the Michigan Division will take on Lake St. Clair, the North Carolina Division will convene on Lake Norman, the Ozark Division will fish Lake of the Ozarks and the Volunteer Division will fish at Watts Barr Lake. Up to 400 boaters and co-anglers will be competing in each event for top awards up to $11,000 and $4,500.
WHEN: Saturday-Sunday, Sept. 27-28, 2014
Lawrenceburg City Ramp
Tanner’s Creek Drive off Highway 50
NOTES: The bass fishing on the Ohio River is expected to be good. Fish should be active in the main river and in creeks, and a variety of patterns will be successful. Many anglers will likely target rocks, laydowns and stumps for their limits. Buzzbaits, jigs, worms, drop-shot rigs and crankbaits will be popular choices amongst tournament competitors. The winning weight for this two-day event is expected to be about 19 pounds.
Lake St. Clair
Harley Ensign DNR Memorial Boat Launch
32995 S. River Road
Harrison Township, Mich.
Hosted by the Central Macomb County Chamber of Commerce
NOTES: The bass fishing on Lake St. Clair and the adjoining Detroit River and Lake Erie is expected to be excellent. With cooling water, the smallmouth should be eager to bite and positioned on a variety of main-lake structure as well as following bait fish or in and around grass beds. Drop-shot rigs, umbrella rigs, jerkbaits, swimbaits, crankbaits, tubes and topwater baits are all likely to catch bass. The winning weight for this two-day event figures to be about 45 pounds.
North Carolina Division
8693 Highway 150 E.
Hosted by the Mooresville Convention & Visitors Bureau
NOTES: The bass fishing on Lake Norman is expected to be very good. Most of the bass will still be in their summer pattern, but some could be transitioning into an early fall phase. Anglers are expected to target a wide variety of cover and structure in this event. Docks and brush piles figure to be very important. Many anglers will employ crankbaits, spinbaits, jerkbaits, umbrella rigs, jigs, drop-shot rigs and shaky-head rigs. The winner of this event is likely to bring about 29 pounds to the scale over the course of this two-day event.
Lake of the Ozarks
Lake of the Ozarks, Public Beach #2
711 Public Beach Road
Osage Beach, Mo.
NOTES: The bass fishing on Lake of the Ozarks is expected to be good. As fall approaches, the bass will be starting to get more active and many will be following baitfish schools as they migrate back into creeks. Competitors are also likely to target docks, brush piles and main-lake structure. Spinbaits, umbrella rigs, shaky-head rigs, jigs, topwater baits and soft plastics are all expected to be popular baits. The winning weight for this two-day event is likely to be around 32 pounds.
Watts Barr Lake
Tom Fuller Park
101 N. Chamberlain Ave.
NOTES: The bass fishing at Watts Barr Lake is expected to be very good. The bass are expected to be in both summer and fall patterns and should be catchable with a wide variety of baits and in many locations. Anglers could find fish around grass and docks, as well as offshore structure and brush. Topwater baits, soft plastics, crankbaits, jigs, swimjigs, umbrella rigs and lipless crankbaits could all be productive. The winner is expected to bring about 32 pounds of bass in over the course of this two-day event.
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 are competing 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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