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Florida’s Walters Wins Costa FLW Series Championship on Lake Guntersville

Florida’s Walters Wins Costa FLW Series Championship on Lake Guntersville
Kyle Walters

GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. – Pro Kyle Walters of Grant-Valkaria, Florida, caught a five-bass limit weighing 24 pounds, 4 ounces Saturday – the largest limit of the event – to win the weather-shortened Costa FLW Series Championship on Lake Guntersville with a two-day cumulative total of 10 bass weighing 44 pounds, 3 ounces. Walters’ efforts earned him $92,700, including a brand new Ranger Z518C boat with a 200-horsepower Evinrude outboard motor and a slot in the 2019 FLW Cup - the world championship of professional bass fishing.

“If you would’ve told me 15, 20 years ago when I started fishing [T-H Marine Bass Fishing League] BFLs that I’d eventually be standing here as the Costa FLW Series Champion – and going to the Forrest Wood Cup – I would’ve told you that you’re crazy,” said Walters, who earned his third win in FLW competition. “To come out here and fish with all the guys you watch on TV is really special. Guys like Bryan Thrift, J.T. Kenney and John Cox – guys from Florida. There are only a few lakes that I feel like I can compete with them at and Lake Guntersville is one of them. It fits the way I like to fish.”

Walters tapped into his Florida-bred instincts this week, flipping for bass in grass mats on the main-river channel, a strategy that also helped him win a BFL Regional Tournament on Lake Guntersville back in the fall of 2013. Walters said he was able to pick apart the channel-facing hydrilla in 2013, but due to recent heavy winds and high water flow washing out the outer edge he was forced to move to the bank side of the same mats this year.

“When I showed up here, I wanted something on the main river,” said Walters. “In 2013, everything was on the main-river channel, so I immediately went and looked for hydrilla there. Well, I couldn’t find it – when I pulled out of Waterfront [boat ramp] it was gone. So I went up the river – it’s what’s we do in Florida – and I looked for something. I got a few bites the first couple of hours I was here, and I said I was going to commit to it one way or the other.

“I fished my main stretch a pretty good distance in practice,” Walters continued. “I’d get a couple bites and then I’d start fishing fast. If I got another couple of bites, I’d mark them. Then in the tournament I’d expand on them both ways and keep moving.”

Walters had two primary areas along his stretch this week – grass mats in 4- to 5-feet-of-water about a mile above of the BB Comer Bridge, and hydrilla in 8-feet-of-water a couple of miles below the bridge. His grass mats consisted of a mix of hydrilla and milfoil. Dead eelgrass and other vegetation had blown in on top of the grass and created dead, brown mats.

“I caught eight of the 10 I weighed in up there. It was milfoil, and hydrilla was growing from the bottom and then the ‘cut grass’ was all loaded up inside,” said Walters. “When one [lure] would go in, it would fall free and into a cavern and they’d kind of attack it. The big ones seemed to be within the first two feet of the mats.”

Walters said he used beaver-style baits, citing a Green Pumpkin Black Blue-colored Gambler Stinger. The lures were Texas-rigged with a 1½-ounce Picasso tungsten sinker on a 4/0-sized straight shank hook and 75-pound-test Halo Winch braided line. To hoist bass out of the vegetation, he preferred to use a Halo 7-foot, 11-inch J.T. Kenney Signature Series rod.

“In practice, I didn’t get a lot of bites at the stretch below the bridge, but I caught one big fish there each day,” said Walters. “I could never get multiple bites going on there, so when I went there, it was one of those deals where I was really going to have to fish for them to get the bites. I caught my last 4 or 5 pounder there today with an hour to go.”

The top finishing boater from each of the six Costa FLW Series divisions that qualified for the 2019 FLW Cup were:

Southeastern

 1st: Kyle Walters, Grant-Valkaria, Fla., 10 bass, 44-3, $92,700

Southwestern

 7th: Zach Birge, Blanchard, Okla., 10 bass, 29-2, $7,000

Central

 11nd: Ryan Salzman, Huntsville, Ala., 10 bass, 27-11, $4,000

Northern

 12th: Power-Pole pro Cory Johnston, Cavan, Ontario, Canada, nine bass, 27-10, $4,000

Western

 4th: John Griffith, Mesa, Ariz., 10 bass, 31-6, $15,000

International

 37th: Erik Luzak, Orillia, Ontario, Canada, eight bass, 21-5, $2,000

The top 10 overall anglers finished:

 1st: Kyle Walters, Grant-Valkaria, Fla., 10 bass, 44-3, $92,700

 2nd: Bryan Thrift, Shelby, N.C., 10 bass, 39-8, $25,100 + $5,000 Ranger Cup Bonus

 3rd: Robert Crosnoe, Inverness, Fla., 10 bass, 37-5, $20,000 + $3,500 Ranger Cup Bonus

 4th: Jon Griffith, Mesa, Ariz., 10 bass, 31-6, $15,000

 5th: Bryan New, Belmont, N.C., nine bass, 30-0, $10,000 + $1,000 Ranger Cup Bonus

 6th: Troy Gibson, Mountain Home, Ark., 10 bass, 29-5, $8,000

 7th: Zack Birge, Blanchard, Okla., 10 bass, 29-2, $7,000

 8th: Terry Tucker, Gadsden, Ala., 10 bass, 28-13, $6,000

 9th: John Cox, DeBary, Fla., 10 bass, 28-2, $5,000

 10th: Jake Ormond, Sterlington, La., 10 bass, 28-1, $4,500

A complete list of results can be found at FLWFishing.com.

Competitors qualified for the Costa FLW Series Championship through five U.S. divisions – Central, Northern, Southeastern, Southwestern and Western – and an International division that features anglers from Canada, China, Italy, South Korea, Mexico, Portugal, South Africa and Spain.

The 2019 FLW Cup will be held at Lake Hamilton in Hot Springs, Arkansas, Aug. 9-11.

Jacob Traba of Pacifica, California, won the Co-angler Division and $30,000, including a Ranger Z175 boat with a 90-horsepower Evinrude outboard with a two-day total of eight bass weighing 23 pounds, 12 ounces. Scott Parsons of Rogers, Arkansas, finished in second place with nine bass weighing 23 pounds, 1 ounce, good for $12,600.

The top 10 co-anglers finished:

 1st: Jacob Traba, Pacifica, Calif., eight bass, 23-12, $30,000

 2nd: Scott Parsons, Rogers, Ark., nine bass, 23-1, $12,600

 3rd: Roger Stubbs, Locust Grove, Ga., seven bass, 21-6, $10,050

 4th: Robbie Bartoszek, Hampshire, Tenn., seven bass, 20-7, $7,500

 5th: Doug Iorio II, Kennerdell, Pa., eight bass, 20-2, $5,000

 6th: Bradley Robbins, Wilmington, N.C., eight bass, 19-10, $4,000

 7th: Brad Hostetler Jr., Franklin, Ind., eight bass, 19-9, $3,500

 8th: Alex Redwine, Cincinnati, Ohio, six bass, 18-6, $3,000

 9th: Jared West, Mont Belvieu, Texas, five bass, 17-15, $2,500

 10th: Wes Proctor, Manhattan, Kan., seven bass, 17-13, $2,000

The Costa FLW Series Championship on Lake Guntersville was hosted by the Marshall County Convention & Visitors Bureau.

In Costa FLW Series competition, each U.S. division consists of three regular-season tournaments with competitors vying for valuable points that could earn them the opportunity to compete in the season-ending Costa FLW Series Championship.

For complete details and updated information visit FLWFishing.com. For regular updates, photos, tournament news and more, follow the Costa FLW Series on FLW’s social media outlets at FacebookTwitterInstagramYouTube and Snapchat.

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 2018 across five tournament circuits. Headquartered in Benton, Kentucky, with offices in Minneapolis, FLW and their partners conduct 286 bass-fishing tournaments annually around the world, including the United States, Canada, China, Italy, South Korea, Mexico, Portugal, South Africa and Spain. 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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