UPCOMING EVENT: TACKLE WAREHOUSE PRO CIRCUIT - 2020 - Sam Rayburn Reservoir

Hames tops boaters on Kentucky, Barkley lakes

Hames tops boaters on Kentucky, Barkley lakes
Boater David Hames of Trezevant, Tenn., won the BFL LBL Division tournament on Kentucky and Barkley lakes March 10 to earn $5,100.

BENTON, Ky. - Boater David Hames of Trezevant, Tenn., won the Wal-Mart Bass Fishing League LBL Division tournament on Kentucky and Barkley lakes Saturday with a five-bass catch weighing 21 pounds, 10 ounces. The victory earned Hames $5,100 and placed him one step closer to qualifying for the Fort Loudon-Tellico Lakes Regional Championship in Lenoir City, Tenn., Oct. 18-20, where he could ultimately win a new 519VX Ranger boat and a Chevy truck.

Hames was throwing a suspending jerkbait around main-lake and secondary points to catch his quality-sized tournament limit of bass.

Rounding out the top five boaters are Mike Ward of Paris, Tenn. (five bass, 20-13, $3,000); Terry Bolton of Paducah, Ky. (five bass, 20-12, $2,000); Kevin Lasater of McKenzie, Tenn. (five bass, 20-2, $1,400) and Tim Griggs of Paducah, Ky. (five bass, 20-1, $1,200).

Kevin Springer of Benton, Ky., took home the Boater Division Snickers Big Bass award, earning $1,000 for a 7-pound, 13-ounce bass.

Bolton also took home additional prize money for being the highest-placing Ranger Cup participant.

Scott Duckworth of Murray, Ky., earned $3,000 as the co-angler winner Saturday thanks to five bass weighing 19 pounds, 7 ounces that he caught while fishing a Lucky Craft 78DD around main lake points early in the day to catch his bass.

Rounding out the top five co-anglers are Rodger Lutz of Kuttawa, Ky. (five bass, 16-15, $1,500); Kevin Hancock of Madisonville, Ky. (five bass, 16-5, $1,000); Ryan Zwick of Harrison, Ohio (five bass, 16-3, $700) and Jeff Kellogg of Rockford, Mich. (five bass, 15-12, $600).

Russell Palmer of Lexington, Ky., earned $500 as the co-angler Big Bass winner after catching a 7-pound, 11-ounce bass.

All LBL Division evevents are held on Kentucky Lake and Lake Barkley. Their next event will be April 14 on in Cadiz, Ky., followed by a tournament May 19 in Paris, Tenn. The division's fourth event will be held June 16 in Aurora, Ky., and the final event of the regular season will be a two-day Super Tournament held Sept. 29-30 in Benton, Ky.

Following the end of regular-season competition, the top 40 boaters and 40 co-anglers based on year-end points standings in the division will advance to the no-entry-fee Fort Loudon-Tellico Lakes Regional Championship where they will compete against top qualifiers from three other BFL divisions. At the Regional Championship boaters will fish for a new Ranger boat and Chevy truck and co-anglers will fish for a new Ranger boat. The top six boaters and top six co-anglers at the Regional Championship will also advance to the 2008 All-American presented by Chevy. With a total purse of $1 million, a potential $140,000 cash prize going to the winning boater and as much as $70,000 going to the winning co-angler, the All-American is one of the most prestigious and lucrative events in bass fishing. The winning boater and winning co-angler at the All-American also advance to the no-entry-fee $2 million 2008 Forrest Wood Cup. This event, featuring a top award of $1 million, is the sport's biggest championship.

The $8.8 million Wal-Mart Bass Fishing League features 28 divisions nationwide. In BFL competition, boaters and co-anglers are randomly paired. Boaters supply the boat and fish from the front deck against other boaters while co-anglers compete from the back deck against other co-anglers.

Named after the legendary founder of Ranger Boats, Forrest L. Wood, FLW Outdoors administers the Wal-Mart FLW Tour, Wal-Mart FLW Series, Stren Series, Wal-Mart Bass Fishing League, Wal-Mart Texas Tournament Trail presented by Abu Garcia, Ranger Owners Tournament Championship Series, Wal-Mart FLW Walleye Tour, Wal-Mart FLW Walleye League, Wal-Mart FLW Kingfish Tour, Wal-Mart FLW Kingfish Series, Wal-Mart FLW Redfish Series and Wal-Mart FLW Striper Series. These circuits will offer combined purses of nearly $43 million through 238 events in 2007.

Wal-Mart and many of America's largest and most respected companies support FLW Outdoors and its tournament trails. Wal-Mart signed on as an FLW Outdoors sponsor in 1997 and today is the world's leading supporter of tournament fishing. For more information about Wal-Mart, visit Wal-Mart.com.

For more information about FLW Outdoors and its tournaments, browse FLWOutdoors.com or call (270) 252-1000.

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