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Midland City’s Powell Wins T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League Bulldog Division Tournament on Lake Eufaula

Midland City’s Powell Wins T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League Bulldog Division Tournament on Lake Eufaula
Shane Powell

EUFAULA, Ala. – Shane Powell of Midland City, Alabama, weighed a five-bass limit totaling 25 pounds, 2 ounces Saturday to win the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Bulldog Division tournament on Lake Eufaula. Powell pocketed $4,200 for his efforts.

Powell said he started his day fishing deep water, but headed shallow after some heavy cloud cover and low-light conditions moved through the area.

“I caught the first bass I weighed from a random creek on a Booyah Pad Crasher Frog,” said Powell, a former Auburn University angler who earned his first career-victory as a boater in BFL competition. “I ran around and got a few more bites, but switched to a swimjig around 8:30 a.m. After that swap, I started getting a lot more steady bites.”

Powell’s swimjig was Bream-colored and had a Bream-colored Strike King Rage Craw trailer.

“I worked through another area close to the dam and caught four of the five I weighed in,” said Powell. “It was a 200-yard stretch of shallow grass. It wasn’t hydrilla or anything – just bank grass.”

Powell said everything he weighed in came from less than 3 feet of water.

“I caught about 20 keepers throughout the day,” said Powell. “The water was left up by the corps (U.S. Army Corps of Engineers), so grass ended up being a factor. Usually I’d go out deep this time of year, but the water was high enough to head shallow.”

The top 10 boaters finished the tournament in:

               1st:          Shane Powell, Midland City, Ala., five bass, 25-2, $4,200

               2nd:         Ryan Ingram, Phenix City, Ala., five bass, 23-5, $2,100

               3rd:          Bryan Brown, Cataula, Ga., five bass, 23-1, $1,334

               4th:          Lee Nunnally, Social Circle, Ga., five bass, 20-7, $1,473

               5th:          Bobby Padgett, La Grange, Ga., five bass, 19-5, $800

               6th:          David Parsons, Dothan, Ala., five bass, 18-14, $733

               7th:          Dustin Wood, Eufaula, Ala., five bass, 18-11, $667

               8th:          Ronnie Ray, Phenix City, Ala., five bass, 17-5, $600

               9th:          Jason Smith, Dawson, Ga., five bass, 16-14, $533

               10th:        Mark Stillwell, Salem, Ala., five bass, 16-12, $467

Complete results can be found at FLWFishing.com.  

Nunnally caught a 6-pound, 10-ounce bass – the heaviest of the event in the Boater Division – which earned him the day’s Boater Big Bass award of $540.

Steve Hall of Mableton, Georgia, won the Co-angler Division and $2,100 Saturday after bringing a five-bass limit totaling 14 pounds, 4 ounces to the scale.

The top 10 co-anglers were:

               1st:          Steve Hall, Mableton, Ga., five bass, 14-4, $2,100

               2nd:         Sam Naib, Atlanta, Ga., five bass, 13-9, $1,000

               3rd:          Robert McNear, Warner Robins, Ga., five bass, 13-6, $666

               4th:          Brian Neal, Jacksonville, Fla., four bass, 12-13, $737

               5th:          John Blevins, Cumming, Ga., five bass, 12-9, $400

               6th:          Christopher Wilder, Macon, Ga., three bass, 12-0, $417

               7th:          Benjamin Schooler, Monroe, Ga., four bass, 10-11, $333

               8th:          Lee Parker, Hull, Ga., five bass, 10-4, $300

               9th:          Andrew Nickeson, Valdosta, Ga., five bass, 10-3, $267

               10th:        Isaac Clemmons, Fitzgerald, Ga., five bass, 10-2, $233

Neal caught the biggest bass among Co-angler Division anglers, a fish weighing 6 pounds, 7 ounces. The catch earned him the day’s Co-angler Big Bass award of $270.

The top 45 boaters and co-anglers in the region based on point standings, along with the five winners in each qualifying event, will be entered in the Oct. 12-14 BFL Regional Championship on Wheeler Lake in Decatur, Alabama. Boaters will compete for a top award of a Ranger Z518C with a 200-horsepower Evinrude outboard and $20,000, while co-anglers will fish for a new Ranger Z518C with a 200-horsepower Evinrude outboard.

The 2017 BFL is a 24-division circuit devoted to weekend anglers, with 128 tournaments throughout the season, five qualifying events in each division. The top 45 boaters and co-anglers from each division, along with the five winners of the qualifying events, will advance to one of six regional tournaments where they 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 BFL All-American. Top performers in the BFL can move up to the Costa FLW Series or even the 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 world’s largest tournament-fishing organization, providing anglers of all skill levels the opportunity to compete for millions in prize money in 2017 across five tournament circuits. Headquartered in Benton, Kentucky, with offices in Minneapolis, FLW conducts more than 274 bass-fishing tournaments annually across the United States and sanctions tournaments in Canada, China, Mexico, South Africa and South Korea. FLW tournament fishing can be seen on the Emmy-nominated “FLW" television show, broadcast to more than 564 million households worldwide, while FLW Bass Fishing magazine delivers cutting-edge tips from top pros. For more information visit FLWFishing.com and follow FLW at FacebookTwitterInstagramYouTube and Snapchat.

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