UPCOMING EVENT: ABU GARCIA COLLEGE FISHING - 2020 - Harris Chain of Lakes

BFL Gulf Coast Division tournament won by Speights

BFL Gulf Coast Division tournament won by Speights
Randy Speights of Saraland, Ala., topped 71 BFL competitors on the Tensaw River with five bass weighing 14 pounds, 6 ounces.

STOCKTON, Ala. - Randy Speights of Saraland, Ala., topped 71 Wal-Mart Bass Fishing League competitors Saturday on the Tensaw River with five bass weighing 14 pounds, 6 ounces. The catch earned him $2,482 and 200 points in the Boater Division.

Speights caught his limit flipping a black and blue jig in isolated laydowns. The catch topped second-place boater David Henson of Jackson, Ala., by 3 pounds, 7 ounces. Henson finished the one-day tournament with a four-bass catch weighing 10 pounds, 15 ounces worth $1,241. Speights also received a $1,000 bonus from Ranger Boats as the highest-finishing participant in the Ranger Cup incentive program and another $1,000 from Garmin for using a fixed-mount Garmin Fishfinder or combination GPS/sounder.Randy Speights received a $1,000 bonus from Ranger Boats as the highest-finishing participant in the Ranger Cup incentive program during the BFL tourney on the Tensaw River.

Barry McClain of Mobile, Ala. (three bass, 10 pounds, 13 ounces, $844); Bob Perry of Ocean Springs, Miss. (five bass, 10 pounds, 3 ounces, $645); and Jesse Draime of Long Beach, Miss., (five bass, 9 pounds, 6 ounces, $546) rounded out the top five boaters.

McClain earned boater big-bass honors and $355 with a 5-pound, 4-ounce bass that he caught on a crankbait.

Steven Duty of Collins, Miss., and Charles Webb Sr. of Ocean Springs, Miss., tied for first place in the 70-competitor Co-angler Division. Duty caught five bass weighing 7 pounds, 5 ounces, and Webb caught four bass weighing 7 pounds, Steven Duty of Collins, Miss., and Charles Webb Sr. of Ocean Springs, Miss., tied for first place in the 70-competitor Co-angler Division of the BFL tournament on the Tensaw River.5 ounces. Each earned $917 for the catch.

Johnathan Moran of Lakeshore, Miss. (five bass, 6 pounds, 1 ounce, $416); Morgan Brown of Mobile, Ala. (three bass, 5 pounds, 13 ounces, $318); and Carl Hooper of Satsuma, Ala., (two bass, 5 pounds, 2 ounces, $269) rounded out the top five co-anglers.

Co-angler Steve Meadows of Milton, Fla., earned big-bass honors and $175 in his division with a 3-pound, 4-ounce bass. He finished ninth thanks to the one bass.

The Wal-Mart BFL will visit the Pearl River March 1 for the second of five Gulf Coast Division events. The boater with the most points after the division's season finale, a two-day Super Tournament Oct. 4-5 on the Mobile Delta, will be declared the Yamaha "Be the Best" Points Leader and awarded $1,000. The co-angler amassing the most points by the end of the season will receive $500.

The top 30 Gulf Coast Division boaters and co-anglers will advance to regional competition Oct. 21-25 on the Red River near Natchitoches, La., where they will go up against top competitors from the Arkie, Bama and Cowboy divisions for a shot at qualifying for the Wal-Mart BFL All-American - one of the most lucrative postseason tournaments in competitive angling.

As much as $6 million will be awarded in the 2003 Wal-Mart BFL.

For more information or to enter a tournament, call (270) 252-1000 or browse this Web site.

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