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Fox Flips Up Big O Victory

Fox Flips Up Big O Victory
Ty Fox of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., won the Jan. 31 Gator Division event on Lake Okeechobee with a 23-pound, 9-ounce limit to claim an $8,000 payday.

CLEWISTON, Fla. – Ty Fox of Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, weighed a five-bass limit totaling 23 pounds, 9 ounces Saturday to win the second Walmart Bass Fishing League Gator Division tournament of 2015 on Lake Okeechobee. For his victory, Fox earned $8,000.

“It feels good,” said Fox. “I’ve been fishing for a long time and to win one of these tournaments is pretty special.”

To seal the deal, Fox spent his day flipping to the cattail clumps at the south end of the lake. Using a Heroic rod, he threw a watermelon-colored Zoom Ultra Vibe Speed Craw and a Tramp-Stamp-colored Reaction Innovations Sweet Beaver.

“It was a tough morning. I only caught two fish between 8:30 and 9:30 (a.m.),” Fox said. “Thankfully things picked up as the day went on.”

Fox cited the northeast wind as being a big factor for the slow bite in the morning. He found a window of opportunity when the wind switched from the east.

“Between 1 and 2 p.m. I caught my big ones,” Fox said. “By 2:30 I reached my limit and knew I probably had enough to hold onto the lead.”

The top 10 boaters:

1st:           Ty Fox, Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., five bass, 23-9, $6,000 + $2,000 Ranger Cup Bonus

2nd:          Brianne McMillan, Belle Glade, Fla., five bass, 18-2, $3,000

3rd:          Jesus Villegas, Virginia Gardens, Fla., five bass, 17-12, $2,000

4th:           Keith Burden, Seminole, Fla., five bass, 17-8, $1,300

4th:           John Tavano, Sebring, Fla., five bass, 17-8, $1,300

6th:           Josh Bright, Delray Beach, Fla., five bass, 17-1, $1,100

7th:           Gerry Brousseau, Naples, Fla., five bass, 17-0, $1,000

8th:           Mike Keyso Jr., North Port, Fla., five bass, 16-12, $900

9th:           Brian Divito, Saint Petersburg, Fla., five bass, 16-10, $800

10th:        Johnny Walker, Clewiston, Fla., five bass, 15-15, $700             

Complete results can be found here.

Schuh claims co-angler title

Co-angler AJ Schuh of Mulberry, Fla., won the Jan. 31 Gator Division event on Lake Okeechobee with four bass weighing 16 pounds, 11 ounces. For his efforts, Schuh took home $3,000 in winnings.A.J. Schuh of Mulberry, Florida, weighed in four bass totaling 16 pounds, 11 ounces Saturday to win $3,000 in the co-angler division.

The top 10 co-anglers:

1st:           A.J. Schuh, Mulberry, Fla., four bass, 16-11, $3,000

2nd:          Scott Wright, Clewiston, Fla., five bass, 15-10, $1,500

3rd:          Eric Veilleux, Orlando, Fla., five bass, 15-3, $1,000

4th:           Tony Manganello, Boynton Beach, Fla., five bass, 14-13, $700

5th:           Steve Dial, Lehigh Acres, Fla., five bass, 14-0, $600

6th:           Robert Turcotte, Naples, Fla., five bass, 13-4, $550

7th:           James Sloan, Cooper City, Fla., five bass, 13-3, $500

8th:           Albert Winter, Boca Raton, Fla., five bass, 13-1, $450

9th:           Charles Hatherill, Vero Beach, Fla., five bass, 12-12, $400

10th:        Joey Roberts, Jensen Beach, Fla., five bass, 12-1, $350

Complete co-angler results can be found here.

The top 50 boaters and 50 co-anglers based on point standings will qualify for the Oct. 8-10 Regional Championship on Lake Sinclair in Milledgeville, Georgia. Boaters will compete for a top award of a Ranger Z518C with a 200-horsepower Evinrude or Mercury outboard and $20,000, 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 50 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. Top winners in the BFL can move up to the Rayovac FLW Series or even the Walmart FLW Tour.

 

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