UPCOMING EVENT: Costa FLW Series - 2019 - Potomac River

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Coates takes BFL win on Sandusky Bay

Coates takes BFL win on Sandusky Bay
Boater Bryan Coates of Amherst, Ohio, won the Aug. 11 BFL Buckeye Division tournament on Sandusky Bay to earn $2,912 plus a $513 Ranger contingency bonus.

SANDUSKY, Ohio - Boater Bryan Coates of Amherst, Ohio, won the Wal-Mart Bass Fishing League Buckeye Division tournament on Sandusky Bay Saturday with a five-bass catch weighing 21 pounds, 6 ounces. The victory earned Coates $2,912 plus a $513 Ranger contingency bonus and placed him one step closer to qualifying for the Kentucky Lake Regional Championship in Gilbertsville, Ky., Oct. 18-20, where he could ultimately win a new 519VX Ranger boat and a Chevy truck.

Coates caught his bass using a Berkley Gulp Minnow on a drop-shot rig to catch his limit.

Rounding out the top five boaters are Chris King of South Amherst, Ohio (four bass, 19-5, $1,713); Don Roberts of Bellville, Ohio (five bass, 19-3, $1,141); Jared Rhode of Port Clinton, Ohio (five bass, 19-1, $799); and Sean Wieda of Erlanger, Ky. (four bass, 16-15, $685).

King took home the Boater Division Snickers Big Bass award, earning $430 for a 5-pound, 6-ounce bass.

Scott Clark of Thornville, Ohio, earned $1,713 as the co-angler winner Saturday thanks to five bass weighing 13 pounds, 11 ounces that he caught while fishing a jig off riprap.

Rounding out the top five co-anglers are Joel Staudter of Russells Point, Ohio (five bass, 12-5, $856); Andrew Helton of Lucasville, Ohio (three bass, 11-12, $571); Shirley Richardson of Harrison, Ohio (five bass, 11-11, $400); and Mark Saunders of Wellington, Ohio (five bass, 11-9, $343).

Helton earned $215 as the co-angler Big Bass winner after catching a 5-pound, 13-ounce bass.

The final event of the regular season will be a two-day Super Tournament held Sept. 22-23 on Sandusky Bay in Sandusky.

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 Kentucky 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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