UPCOMING EVENT: Costa FLW Series - 2019 - Lake Champlain

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Dudley, Piper Win Will Fish for Kids

Dudley, Piper Win Will Fish for Kids

The 2016 Will Fish for Kids Bill Kerr Memorial Charity Tournament presented by Quaker State on Beaver Lake was a rousing success all around. On the fishing side of things, Walmart pro David Dudley and Jason Piper, who represented Walmart, brought in 23 pounds, 7 ounces to win by more than 6 pounds over Old Spice pro Greg Bohannan and Tony Bauer, who represented Anything Possible. More importantly, between donations from a variety of avenues, a record total of $203,894.60 was raised for the Dental Clinic at the Arkansas Children’s Hospital.

In what they both described as an unforgettable, once-in-a-lifetime day, Dudley and Piper blew past the previous five-bass weight record in FLW competition on Beaver Lake. Though the charity tournament was hardly as official or strenuous as a Walmart FLW Tour event, catching 23-7 any day on Beaver Lake is still a pretty incredible accomplishment.

Per Dudley, after filling out a limit of largemouths with crankbaits, the pair picked up wacky-rigged worms and began targeting laydowns and other wood cover along the banks. The first big fish they caught was a 6-pounder, which had them celebrating. Little did they know that a 5-pounder and three 4-pounders would soon follow.

“We talk about lakes that you can make up ground at, like Okeechobee,” says Dudley. “At Beaver Lake, once you’re 5 pounds behind you’ve accepted that you’re not going to win. But after today I won’t ever count myself out if we come back again.”

For the win, Dudley and Piper took home a prize pack that included Grime Boss Wipes, Hi Viz knives, a GoPro HERO4 Silver, a Dick’s Sporting Goods gift certificate and a Daisy BB gun.

 

Top 10 teams

1. Walmart pro David Dudley and Jason Piper – Walmart – 23-7 (5)

2. Old Spice pro Greg Bohannan and Tony Bauer – Anything Possible – 16-11 (5)

3. Tom Martin and Kerry Milner – Northside Steel Inc. – 15-6 (5)

4. David and Kenneth Knight – Walmart – 14-14 (5)

5. Jay Johnston and Charlie Sponer – Walmart – 14-10 (5)

6. Walmart pro Mark Rose and Jim Enneking – Walmart/Strike King – 14-5 (5)

7. Capt. Blake Smith and Chris Smith – Reynolds Consumer Products – 14-0 (5)

8. Bryan Thrift and Jeff George – Walmart/Charlie’s Worms – 13-12 (5)

9. Bobby Dennis and William Michael Morgan – Luck-E-Strike – 13-7 (5)

10. Quaker State pro Jimmy Houston and Blake Stout – Quaker State – 13-5 (5)

 

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