UPCOMING EVENT: PHOENIX BASS FISHING LEAGUE - 2020 - James River

Boyd brings home BFL win from Lake Guntersville

Boyd brings home BFL win from Lake Guntersville
Boater Robert Boyd of Russellville, Ala., won the March 28 BFL Choo Choo Division tournament on Lake Guntersville to earn $5,261.

SCOTTSBORO, Ala. - Robert Boyd of Russellville, Ala., won the Walmart Bass Fishing League Choo Choo Division tournament on Lake Guntersville Saturday with a five-bass catch weighing 30 pounds, 14 ounces. The victory earned Boyd $5,261 and placed him one step closer to qualifying for the Clarks Hill Lake Regional Championship in Appling, Ga., Oct. 15-17, where he could ultimately win a new Ranger boat and a Chevy truck.

Wagner said he caught the majority of his bass on a Rapala Shad Rap around mid-lake grass.

Rounding out the top five boaters are Ron Figueroa of Evans, Ga. (five bass, 27-4, $2,631); Benny Medlen Jr. of Scottsboro, Ala. (five bass, 25-3, $1,753); Steve Stone of Paducah, Ky. (five bass, 24-14, $1,228); and Alex Posey of Roswell, Ga. (five bass, 24-10, $1,052).

Steve Burchfield of New Hope, Ala., took home the Boater Division Big Bass award, earning $820 for an 8-pound, 11-ounce bass he caught on a chatter-style bait.

Johnny Sanson of Winchester, Tenn., earned $2,561 as the co-angler winner of the March 28 BFL Choo Choo Division event.Johnny Sanson of Winchester, Tenn., earned $2,561 as the co-angler winner Saturday thanks to five bass weighing 23 pounds, 5 ounces. Sanson said he caught his bass on a spinnerbait fished around mid-lake grass.

Rounding out the top five co-anglers are Robert Lamb of Reelsville, Ind. (five bass, 21-5, $1,280); Greg Gilley of Boaz, Ala. (five bass, 21-4, $854); Brian Bailey of Grove Oak, Ala. (five bass, 21-0, $598); and Kibbee McCoy of Crossville, Tenn. (five bass, 19-6, $512).

Lamb earned $395 as the co-angler Big Bass winner after catching a 7-pound, 13-ounce bass on a crankbait around mid-lake grass.

The next Choo Choo Division event will be held on Wheeler Lake in Rogersville, Ala., May 2.

The top 40 boaters and 40 co-anglers in each of the BFL's 28 divisions at the end of the season advance to a no-entry-fee Regional Championship where boaters fish for a new Ranger boat and a Chevy truck and co-anglers fish for a new Ranger boat. Seven regional championships will each send six boaters and six co-anglers to the no-entry-fee Walmart BFL All-American presented by Chevy, which features a $1 million purse and a top award of $140,000 in the Boater Division and $70,000 in the Co-angler Division. Anglers who compete in all five regular-season events within a division but do not advance to a Regional Championship are eligible to compete in the Chevy Wild Card, which will also send six boaters and six co-anglers to the All-American for a total of 48 boaters and 48 co-anglers advancing through BFL competition.

The winning boater and winning co-angler at the All-American will advance to the no-entry-fee 2010 Forrest Wood Cup in Atlanta in 2010. This event, featuring a top award of $1 million, is the most lucrative tournament in all of competitive bass fishing. In all, the BFL offers weekend anglers the opportunity to qualify for three no-entry-fee championships with total cash awards exceeding $3.5 million. Plus, the top 40 boaters and 40 co-anglers from each BFL division may move up to the Stren Series for 2010 while All-American champions have the option to advance directly to the Walmart FLW Tour.

In BFL competition, boaters supply the boat and compete from the front deck against other boaters. Co-anglers compete from the back deck against other co-anglers.

As the nation's leading provider of affordable, close-to-home weekend tournaments, the BFL is widely credited with opening competitive bass fishing to the masses. It also serves as a steppingstone for anglers who wish to advance to the Stren Series and ultimately the FLW Tour - bass fishing's most lucrative tournament circuit.

Total awards are based on a full field of 200 boats in every tournament.

FLW Outdoors, named after Forrest L. Wood, the legendary founder of Ranger Boats, is the largest fishing tournament organization in the world. FLW Outdoors also is taking fishing mainstream with FLW Fantasy Fishing, offering the largest awards possible in the history of fantasy sports, $10 million in cash and prizes. Sign up for Player's Advantage for only $10 to get your edge and win.

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