UPCOMING EVENT: TOYOTA SERIES - 2020 - Dale Hollow Lake

Haynes best boater on Wheeler Lake

Haynes best boater on Wheeler Lake
Boater Brian Haynes of Hollywood, Ala., won the April 28 BFL Choo Choo Division tournament on Wheeler Lake to earn $4,177.

DECATUR, Ala. - Boater Brian Haynes of Hollywood, Ala., won the Wal-Mart Bass Fishing League Choo Choo Division tournament on Wheeler Lake Saturday with a five-bass catch weighing 22 pounds, 10 ounces. The victory earned Haynes $4,177 and placed him one step closer to qualifying for the Clarks Hill Lake Regional Championship in Appling, Ga., Oct. 11-13, where he could ultimately win a new 519VX Ranger boat and a Chevy truck.

Haynes caught his bass on a spinnerbait, targeting the river channel.

Rounding out the top five boaters are Danny Buckner of Woodville, Ala. (five bass, 22 pounds, 10 ounces, $4,177); Tim Hurst of Oxford, Ala. (five bass, 14 pounds, 12 ounces, $2,458); Clark Smith Jr. of Pell City, Ala. (five bass, 13 pounds, 4 ounces, $1,147); and Keith Buterbaugh of Douglasville, Ga. (five bass, 12 pounds, 14 ounces, $983).

Haynes took home the Boater Division Snickers Big Bass award, earning $750 for a 6-pound, 14-ounce bass.

Steve Briscoe of Odenville, Ala., earned $2,458 as the co-angler winner Saturday thanks to five bass weighing 24 pounds, 3 ounces.

Rounding out the top five co-anglers are Chad Wynn of Athens, Ala. (five bass, 14 pounds, 5 ounces, $1,229); Shawn Lolley of Hayden, Ala. (five bass, 12 pounds, 9 ounces, $817); Josh Fordham of Glencoe, Ala. (five bass, 11 pounds, 9 ounces, $573); and David Barlow of Temple, Ga. (five bass, 10 pounds, 11 ounces, $492).

Briscoe earned $375 as the co-angler Big Bass winner after catching a 6-pound, 10-ounce bass.

The Choo Choo Division's next event will be May 19 on Weiss Lake in Cedar Bluff, Ala. The division's fourth event will be held June 16 on Neely Henry in Gadsden, Ala., and the final event of the regular season will be a two-day Super Tournament held Sept. 22-23 on Guntersville Lake 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 Clarks Hill Lake 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 Walmart.com.

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

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