UPCOMING EVENT: TOYOTA SERIES - 2020 - Lake Norman

Johnson takes BFL event on Clarks Hill

Johnson takes BFL event on Clarks Hill
Boater Deron Johnson of Anderson, S.C., won the BFL Savannah River Division tournament on Clarks Hill March 31 to earn $4,390.

APPLING, Ga. - Boater Deron Johnson of Anderson, S.C., won the Wal-Mart Bass Fishing League Savannah River Division tournament on Clarks Hill Saturday with a five-bass catch weighing 17 pounds, 6 ounces. The victory earned Johnson $4,390 and placed him one step closer to qualifying for the Lake Seminole Regional Championship in Bainbridge, Ga., Oct. 25-27, where he could ultimately win a new 519VX Ranger boat and a Chevy truck.

Rounding out the top five boaters are Tanner Brown of Starr, S.C., (five bass, 16-12, $2,582); Ronnie Wald of Seneca, S.C., (five bass, 16-6, $1,722); Kip Ashmore of Evans, Ga., (five bass, 16-1, $1,205) and Randy Childers of Anderson, S.C., (five bass, 14-2, $990).

Hans Cansler of Aiken, S.C., took home the Boater Division Snickers Big Bass award, earning $805 for a 6-pound, 11-ounce bass.

David Carmichael of Lincolnton, Ga., earned $2,577 as the co-angler winner Saturday thanks to three bass weighing 12 pounds, 9 ounces.

Rounding out the top five co-anglers are James Wood of Pickens, S.C., (five bass, 10-13, $1,288); Jake Carter of Westminster, S.C., (five bass, 10-2, $858); Mike Thrift of Easley, S.C., (four bass, 9-14, $601) and Ronald Bryant of Batesburg, S.C., (five bass, 9-11, $515).

Carmichael earned $397 as the co-angler Big Bass winner after catching a 6-pound, 12-ounce bass.

The Savannah River Division's next event will be April 28 on Lake Hartwell in Clemson, S.C., followed by a tournament June 16 on Lake Russell in Elberton, Ga. The final event of the regular season will be a two-day Super Tournament held Sept. 29-30 on Clarks Hill in Thomson, Ga.

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 Lake Seminole 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, browse FLWOutdoors.com or call (270) 252-1000.

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