UPCOMING EVENT: PHOENIX BASS FISHING LEAGUE - 2020 - Lake Lanier

Devere Wins Walmart Bass Fishing League Wild Card Tournament on Lake Hartwell

Devere Wins Walmart Bass Fishing League Wild Card Tournament on Lake Hartwell
Mike Devere holds up two Lake Hartwell studs.

SENECA, S.C. – Mike Devere of Berea, Kentucky, weighed a two-day total of 10 bass weighing 21 pounds, 11 ounces to win the Walmart Bass Fishing League (BFL) Wild Card on Lake Hartwell and $3,696.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Devere won the event by targeting rock structure in four different areas mid-lake within a five-mile radius of each other. He said the most productive locations were mud banks that had a little bit of rock mixed in.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“The water levels have come up nearly 8 feet over the past several weeks, but I found that the bass weren’t congregating any shallower,” said Devere, a 20-year veteran of FLW competition. “They were staying out deep so I dragged my jig along the bottom and was able to get something going.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Devere said he caught eight keepers both days of the tournament using one lure – a black and blue-colored ½-ounce Zorro Booza Bug Jig rigged with a green-pumpkin Zoom Big Salty Chunk.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“The bass really liked the Booza Bug,” said Devere. “Sometimes I’d hop it or twitch it, but I soon discovered that the fish preferred it to be dragged slowly, so I stuck with that technique each day and it worked out.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The top six boaters that qualified for the 2016 BFL All-American were:

 

 

 

 

               1st:          Mike Devere, Berea, Ky., 10 bass, 21-11, $3,696

 

 

 

 

               2nd:         Jim Eakin, Clarksville, Tenn., 10 bass, 20-8    

 

 

 

 

               3rd:          Scott Towry, Lawrenceburg, Tenn., 10 bass, 20-4, $1,848

 

 

 

 

               4th:          Mike Morris, White, Ga., 10 bass, 19-15, $1,260

 

 

 

 

               5th:          Thomas  Helton, Charleston, Tenn., 10 bass, 19-15, $945

 

 

 

 

               6th:          Chris Darby, Hot Springs, Ark., 10 bass, 19-4, $756

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rounding out the top-10 boaters were:

 

 

 

 

               7th:          Carl Whitfield, Anderson, S.C., eight bass, 19-3, $672

 

 

 

 

               8th:          Bobby Padgett, LaGrange, Ga., 10 bass, 19-1, $588

 

 

 

 

               9th:          Mike Saleeba, Manitou, Ky., 10 bass, 18-8      

 

 

 

 

               10th:        Artie Phillips, Monroe, N.C., nine bass, 18-7, $546

 

 

 

 

Brent Tullis of Acworth, Georgia, caught the biggest bass of the tournament in the Boater Division, a fish weighing 4 pounds, 6 ounces, which earned him Friday’s Big Bass Award of $192.     

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Complete results can be found at FLWFishing.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wesley Smith of Vinemont, Alabama, won the co-angler division and $1,973 with a two-day total of eight bass weighing 18 pounds, 12 ounces.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The top six co-angers that qualified for the 2016 BFL All-American were:

 

 

 

 

               1st:          Wesley Smith, Vinemont, Ala., eight bass, 18-12, $1,973

 

 

 

 

               2nd:         Matt Webb, Newnan, Ga., 10 bass, 10 bass, 14-5          

 

 

 

 

               3rd:          William Dorr, Easley, S.C., six bass, 13-2, $986

 

 

 

 

               4th:          March Glenn, Decatur, Ga., seven bass, 12-12             

 

 

 

 

               5th:          Charles Hatherill, Vero Beach, Fla., seven bass, 11-15  

 

 

 

 

               6th:          Rex McTier, Endeavor, Wis., eight bass, 10-10, $672

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rounding out the top-10 co-anglers were:

 

 

 

 

               7th:          Eddie Cook, Clemmons, N.C., nine bass, nine bass, 10-2, $504

 

 

 

 

               8th:          Greg Bierman, Cincinnati, Ohio, nine bass, 10-2, $404

 

 

 

 

               9th:          Kurt Moser, Max Meadows, Va., seven bass, 9-13, $359

 

 

 

 

               10th:        Mike Geisler, Oxford, Ohio, five bass, 9-9, $314

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The BFL Wild Card on Lake Hartwell was hosted by the Mountain Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 are competing 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.

 

 

 

 

For regular updates, photos, tournament news and more, follow the BFL on Facebook at Facebook.com/FLWFishing and on Twitter at Twitter.com/FLWFishing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 2015 over the course of 240 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 FLWFishing.com and look for FLW on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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