Greg Rikard of Leesville, S.C., weighed a two-day total of 10 bass totaling 29 pounds, 13 ounces to win the Walmart Bass Fishing League South Carolina Division Super Tournament on Lake Wylie Sunday. For his victory, Rikard earned $5,605.
According to tournament reports, Rikard caught his winning fish on a spinnerbait and a jig, targeting shallow cover in the backs of creeks. The win marked Rikard’s seventh BFL win in the state of South Carolina.
Rounding out the top 10 pros were:
2nd: James Buchanan, Monroe, N.C., 10 bass, 23-4, $1,802
3rd: Maurice Freeze, Concord, N.C., 10 bass, 21-7, $1,201 + $300 Evinrude Bonus
4th: Bryan New, Belmont, N.C., eight bass, 20-9, $841
5th: Johnny Bihlear, Moncks Corner, S.C., eight bass, 20-6, $721
6th: Freddie Gamble Jr., Sumpter, S.C., 10 bass, 18-4, $661
7th: Artie Phillips, Monroe, N.C., eight bass, 18-1, $601
8th: Anthony Colacurcio, Mt. Pleasant, S.C., six bass, 17-3, $541
9th: Cody Hoyle, Rutherfordton, N.C., seven bass, 16-11, $481
10th: Joey Sabbagha, Little Mountain, S.C., six bass, 11-9, $421
Complete results can be found at FLWOutdoors.com.
Gregory Littles of Columbia, S.C., weighed in a two-day total of five bass totaling 13 pounds, 9 ounces to win $1,802 in the co-angler division Sunday.
Rounding out the top 10 co-anglers were:
2nd: Raul Denis, Myrtle Beach, S.C., four bass, 7-14, $901
3rd: Michael Yochem, York, S.C., four bass, 7-6, $604
4th: Lonnie Drusch, Sumter, S.C., three bass, 6-10, $421
5th: Richie Dixon, Camden, S.C., three bass, 6-5, $360
6th: Dale Webber, Kernersville, N.C., three bass, 5-6, $330
7th: Colin Willis, Chesnee, S.C., two bass, 5-5, $300
8th: Anthony Marks, Spartanburg, S.C., three bass, 5-5, $270
9th: Robert Braxton, West Columbia, S.C., three bass, 4-13, $240
10th: Jimmy Bihlear Sr., Goose Creek, S.C., two bass, 3-8, $210
The top 40 boaters and 40 co-anglers based on point standings will qualify for the Oct. 2-4 Regional Championship on the James River in Richmond, Va. 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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