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Sanders takes BFL Super Tournament on Lake Ferguson

Sanders takes BFL Super Tournament on Lake Ferguson
Boater Reid Sanders of Newton, Miss., won the BFL Mississippi Division Super Tournament on Lake Ferguson to earn $5,145.

GREENVILLE, Miss. - Boater Reid Sanders of Newton, Miss., won the Wal-Mart Bass Fishing League Mississippi Division Super Tournament on Lake Ferguson with a two-day catch of eight bass weighing 21 pounds, 5 ounces. The victory earned Sanders $5,145 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.

Sanders caught his bass throwing an array of topwater baits near docks and grass to catch his limit.

Rounding out the top five boaters are Bobby Cooper of Hernando, Miss. (nine bass, 20-7, $3,026); Mark Floyd of Blue Mountain, Miss. (nine bass, 20-1, $2,018); Jim Phillips of Greenwood, Miss. (10 bass, 20-1, $1,412); and Louis Gray of Philadelphia, Miss. (nine bass, 19-1, $1,211).

Bobby Murphy of Florence, Miss., took home the Boater Division Snickers Big Bass award, earning $817 for a 5-pound, 2-ounce bass.

James Bond of Brandon, Miss., earned $2,916 as the co-angler winner thanks to 10 bass weighing 19 pounds, 12 ounces that he caught while fishing a finesse worm near rock piles.

Rounding out the top five co-anglers are Matt Hults of Gautier, Miss. (nine bass, 18-12, $1,458); Fred Murray of Hernando, Miss. (seven bass, 16-11, $971); Jack Harrelson of Corinth, Miss. (nine bass, 16-7, $680); and Mike Ainsworth of Brandon, Miss. (seven bass, 16-4, $583).

Michael Adams of Ocean Springs, Miss., earned $394 as the co-angler Big Bass winner after catching a 5-pound, 7-ounce bass.

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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