UPCOMING EVENT: FLW Pro Circuit - 2020 - Sam Rayburn Reservoir

Dobbins Flips His Way to Victory

Dobbins Flips His Way to Victory
Patrick Dobbins of Opelika, Ala., won the Sept. 6-7 Bama Division Super Tournament on Lake Eufaula with a two-day total weight of 28 pounds, 15 ounces. For his efforts, Dobbins was awarded over $6,800 in prize money.

EUFAULA, Ala. – Patrick Dobbins of Opelika, Ala., weighed a two-day total of 10 bass totaling 28 pounds, 15 ounces to win the Walmart Bass Fishing League Bama Division Super Tournament on Lake Eufaula Sunday. For his victory, Dobbins earned $6,882.

“I had to run a long way up the river, probably about 30 miles,” said Dobbins, who earned the second BFL win of his career. “I was fishing lay-downs with a black and blue jig. I was just picking them apart and hopping it down the lay-downs and the line would move off and I’d bust them.

“There was only one other boat up there with me,” Dobbins continued. “I found the stretch that had the fish on Friday in practice. I launched my boat up there and saw some bream popping, so I went over and they were there.

“It wasn’t a specific spot. I was just going up and down the bank. The first day of the tournament I caught several 3-pounders that didn’t help me. I probably hurt my fish and should have laid off them a little.

“Going in I didn’t think I would win because the lake usually fishes really good this time of year,” finished Dobbins. “But the ledge bite was off, and a lot of the guys who were fishing the ledges only brought in two or three fish.”

Dobbins said he caught all of his fish on a black and blue-colored hand tied jig with a matching Zoom Super Chunk.

Rounding out the top 10 pros:

2nd:          Bobby Padgett, LaGrange, Ga., eight bass, 25-7, $2,441 + $300 Evinrude Bonus

3rd:          Michael Smith, Laurel Hill, Fla., 10 bass, 24-7, $1,625

4th:           Jeff Cannon, Douglasville, Ga., eight bass, 24-2, $1,139

5th:           Mark Holloway, Madison, Ga., nine bass, 23-1, $976

6th:           Clay Elliott, Dothan, Ala., seven bass, 22-9, $895

7th:           Terry Tucker, Gadsden, Ala., nine bass, 21-13, $814

8th:           Jay Grogan, Fort Mitchell, Ala., seven bass, 21-9, $732

9th:           Winston Steen, Wellington, Ala., seven bass, 21-6, $651

10th:        Henry Golden, Tallassee, Ala., nine bass, 20-11, $570

 Complete results can be found by clicking here.

Ford wins co-angler title

Co-angler Jeff Ford of Trion, Ga., won the Sept. 6-7 Bama Division Super Tournament on Lake Eufaula with a two-day total weight of 19 pounds, 13 ounces. He was awarded over $2,400 for his efforts.Jeff Ford of Trion, Ga., weighed in a two-day total of nine bass totaling 19 pounds, 13 ounces to win $2,441 in the co-angler division Sunday.

Rounding out the top 10 co-anglers:

2nd:          Steven Simpson, Jasper, Ala., nine bass, 18-0, $1,220

3rd:          Gary Marlowe, Montgomery, Ala., six bass, 15-2, $814

4th:           Ralph Moseley, Crestview, Fla., five bass, 12-13, $570

5th:           Shawn Diehl, Harvest, Ala., six bass, 11-12, $488

6th:           Sergio Render, Newnan, Ga., six bass, 11-7, $447

7th:           Chris Hawkins, Adger, Ala., seven bass, 10-6, $407

8th:           Drew Hobgood, Sharpsburg, Ga., four bass, 9-15, $366

9th:           Zack Thaggard, Dadeville, Ala., six bass, 9-15, $325

10th:        Christopher Kanute, Warrior, Ala., six bass, 9-13, $285

Complete co-angler results can be found by clicking here.

The top 40 boaters and 40 co-anglers based on point standings will qualify for the Oct. 2-4 Regional Championship on the St. John’s River in Palatka, Fla. Boaters will compete for a top award of a Ranger Z518C with a 200-horsepower Evinrude or Mercury outboard and a Chevy Silverado, while co-anglers will fish for a new Ranger Z518C with a 200-horsepower Evinrude or Mercury outboard.

The BFL is a 24-division circuit devoted to weekend anglers, with 120 tournaments throughout the season, five in each division. The top 40 boaters and co-anglers from each division qualify for a regional tournament and compete to finish in the top six, which then qualifies them for one of the longest-running championships in all of competitive bass fishing – the Walmart BFL All-American presented by Chevy. Top winners in the BFL can move up to the Rayovac FLW Series or even the Walmart FLW Tour.

About FLW

FLW is the industry’s premier tournament-fishing organization, providing anglers of all skill levels the opportunity to compete for millions in prize money nationwide in 2014 over the course of 229 tournaments across five tournament circuits, four of which provide an avenue to the sport’s richest payday and most coveted championship trophy – the Forrest Wood Cup. FLW tournament fishing can be seen on the Emmy-nominated “FLW" television show and is broadcast to more than 564 million households worldwide, making it the most widely distributed weekly outdoors-sports television show in the world. For more information about FLW visit FLWOutdoors.com and look for FLW on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.

 

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