UPCOMING EVENT: TACKLE WAREHOUSE PRO CIRCUIT - 2020 - Harris Chain of Lakes

Hoosier Division tournament won by Shaffer

Hoosier Division tournament won by Shaffer
Dick Shaffer of Celina, Ohio, topped 194 pro BFL competitors April 26 on the Ohio River with five bass weighing 8 pounds, 12 ounces.

LAWERENCEBURG, Ind. - Dick Shaffer of Celina, Ohio, topped 194 Wal-Mart Bass Fishing League competitors Saturday on the Ohio River with five bass weighing 8 pounds, 12 ounces. The catch earned him $4,885 and 200 points in the Boater Division.

Shaffer's catch topped second-place boater Wes Thomas of Hanover by 1 ounce. Thomas finished the one-day tournament with a five-bass catch weighing 8 pounds, 11 ounces worth $2,443. Thomas also earned a $500 bonus from Ranger for being the highest-finishing participant in the Ranger Cup incentive program.

Sean Wieda of Cincinnati (two bass, 7 pounds, 8 ounces, $1,661); Gary Byard of Versailles (five bass, 7 pounds, 7 ounces, $1,270); and Robert Welty of Galien, Mich., (five bass, 7 pounds, 6 ounces, $1,075) rounded out the top five boaters.

Wieda earned big-bass honors and $970 in his division with a 5-pound, 10-ounce bass.

Stephen Redman of Pendleton, Ky., topped 194 Co-angler Division competitors with a five-bass catch weighing 6 pounds, 11 ounces. Redman earned $2,443 for the win. Redman surpassed second-place co-angler Andy Heinkelein of Cincinnati by 1 ounce. Heinkelein finished with a four-bass catch weighing 6 pounds, 10 ounces worth $1,221.

Third place went to Norman Ford of Crothersville with a four-bass catch weighing 6 pounds, earning him $830. Tied for fourth place were Shaun Richardson of Indianapolis and Greg Scythes of Ironton, Ohio (four bass, 5 pounds, 14 ounces). Both earned $586 for their catch.

Tom Eason Jr. of New Albany earned big-bass honors and $485 in his division with a 2-pound, 13-ounce bass.

The Wal-Mart BFL will visit the Ohio River June 21 for the second of five Hoosier Division events. The boater with the most points after the division's season finale, a two-day Super Tournament Sept. 20-21 on Patoka Lake, 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 Hoosier Division boaters and co-anglers will advance to regional competition Oct. 14-18 on Old Hickory Lake near Gallatin, Tenn., where they will go up against top competitors from the Bulldog, Carolina and Illini 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.

Editor's Note: Ranger Cup award winners are pending verification by Ranger Boats and thus are unofficial at this time.

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