UPCOMING EVENT: TOYOTA SERIES - 2020 - Pickwick Lake

Gettys gets BFL win on Weiss Lake

Gettys gets BFL win on Weiss Lake
Boater Edward Gettys of Stevenson, Ala., won the March 24 BFL Bama Division tournament on Weiss Lake to earn $4,390.

CENTRE, Ala. - Boater Edward Gettys of Stevenson, Ala., won the Wal-Mart Bass Fishing League Bama Division tournament on Weiss Lake Saturday with a five-bass catch weighing 20 pounds, 1 ounce. The victory earned Gettys $4,390 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.

Gettys was throwing a combination of crankbaits and soft-plastics around stumps and flats in shallow water to catch his bass.

Rounding out the top five boaters are Craig Daniel of Cullman, Ala. (five bass, 20-00, $2,582); Terry Goggans of Fort Payne, Ala. (five bass, 17-2, $1,722); Andy Chappell of Warrior, Ala. (five bass, 16-2, $1,205) and Jason Grape of Rainbow City, Ala. (five bass, 16-00, $1,033).

Goggans also took home the Boater Division Snickers Big Bass award, earning $805 for a 7-pound, 1-ounce bass.

Daniel also took home and additional $500 for being the highest-placing Ranger Cup participant in the Boater Division.

Keith Henderson of Fort Payne, Ala., earned $2,577 as the co-angler winner Saturday thanks to five bass weighing 14 pounds, 8 ounces that he caught while fishing a Texas-rigged Zoom Brush Hog around submerged stumps in the lower part of the lake.

Rounding out the top five co-anglers are Jared McMillon of Ooltewah, Tenn., (five bass, 13-6, $1,288); Wayne Kilgore of Attalla, Ala. (five bass, 12-13, $858); Wayne Whisonant of Hayden, Ala. (five bass, 11-12, $601) and Jeff Benefield of Arab, Ala. (four bass, 9-15, $515).

Lester Jacobs of Rome, Ga. earned $397 as the co-angler Big Bass winner after catching a 6-pound, 4-ounce bass.

The Bama Division's next event will be May 12 on Wheeler Lake in Decatur, Ala., followed by a tournament June 30 on Lake Neely Henry in Gadsden, Ala. The division's final event of the regular season will be a two-day Super Tournament held Sept. 15-16 on Lake Guntersville in Scottsboro, Ala.

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 241 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, visit FLWOutdoors.com or call (270) 252-1000.

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