UPCOMING EVENT: Costa FLW Series - 2019 - Lake Mead

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Barnes Notches First Win

Will Barnes of Headland, Ala., won the Feb. 28 Bama Division event on Lake Eufaula with a 22-pound, 7-ounce limit which earned him a nearly $5,000 check.

EUFAULA, Ala. – Will Barnes of Headland, Alabama, weighed a five-bass limit totaling 22 pounds, 7 ounces Saturday to win the first Walmart Bass Fishing League Bama Division tournament of 2015 on Lake Eufaula. For his victory, Barnes earned $4,938.

“I’m very thrilled,” said Barnes of his first BFL win. “There were a lot of great fishermen in this tournament and I’ve been waiting for this for a long time.”

Citing recent success in practice, Barnes headed south intending to fish in deeper water. He ended up finding the bite shallow, at a spot near Thomas Mill Creek.

“If I wasn’t around wood, I didn’t get a bite,” said Barnes. “I fished docks, bluff walls – basically everything as long as it was around wood structure and within 50 yards of the deep water.”

Around 8:45 a.m., Barnes reeled in a 6-pound, 11-ounce behemoth near a tree. The Alabama angler boated another 6-pounder around 10 o’clock and he knew that he had put himself into serious contention for the win.

“I’ve never really caught a lot of fish when it’s been that cold. But for some reason they were actively feeding that morning,” said Barnes.

Barnes said that he managed to catch nine keepers throughout the day on a black and blue-colored Lunker Lure Rattleback Jig with a black crawfish trailer.

The top 10 boaters:

1st:          Will Barnes, Headland, Ala., five bass, 22-7, $4,938

2nd:         Ronnie Ray, Phenix City, Ala., five bass, 22-0, $2,469

3rd:          Scott Montgomery, Eufaula, Ala., five bass, 21-5, $1,646

4th:          Rodger Beaver, Dawson, Ga., five bass, 20-13, $1,152

5th:          Ryan Ingram, Phenix City, Ala., five bass, 19-0, $988

6th:          Anthony Goggins, Auburn, Ala., five bass, 17-6, $905

7th:          Samuel Fish, Calera, Ala., four bass, 16-12, $823

8th:          Jack White, Vance, Ala., four bass, 16-6, $741

9th:          Carl Hayes III, Sharpsburg, Ga., four bass, 15-8, $658

10th:        Matt Lipscomb, Springville, Ala., four bass, 14-10, $576

Complete results can be found here.

Montgomery caught the biggest bass of the tournament in the pro division and earned the day’s Big Bass award of $745.

Rushing wins co-angler title

Co-angler Wesley Rushing of Abbeville, Ala., won the Feb. 28 Bama Division event on Lake Eufaula with a 17-pound, 1-ounce limit to earn over $2,400 in prize money.Wesley Rushing of Abbeville, Alabama, weighed in a five-bass limit totaling 17 pounds, 1 ounces Saturday to win $2,469 in the co-angler division.

The top 10 co-anglers:

1st:          Wesley Rushing, Abbeville, Ala., five bass, 17-1, $2,469

2nd:         Brandon Ray, Phenix City, Ala., two bass, 12-3, $1,235 + $372 Big Bass award

3rd:          Radney Atchison, Prattville, Ala., five bass, 9-11, $823

4th:          Todd Radney, Oxford, Ala., two bass, 9-6, $576

5th:          Slaton Jemison, Mathews, Ala., two bass, 8-8, $494

6th:          Cory Johnson, Crane Hill, Ala., two bass, 7-11, $453

7th:          Frank Shatterly, Hillsboro, Ga., three bass, 7-9, $412

8th:          Keith Lynch, River Falls, Ala., two bass, 7-3, $370

9th:          Howard Avery, Newnan, Ga., three bass, 6-14, $329

10th:        Wayne Haynes, Ohatchee, Ala., two bass, 6-6, $288

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 Millegeville, 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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