(Jun. 19, 2012 - GREENVILLE, MS.)...
Jonathan Sultan of Grenada, Miss., weighed a five-bass limit totaling 20 pounds, 11 ounces Saturday to win the Walmart Bass Fishing League Mississippi Division event on Lake Ferguson. For his victory, Sultan earned $3,766.
"My day started out very good," said Sultan. "I caught all of my fish that I weighed in very early. I had a solid limit by 7 a.m. I thought it was crucial that I caught my fish early, as I knew everybody on the lake was going to be grouped up. The water level is very low so anglers can’t make the run up the river or to another lake. Everyone was fishing Ferguson.
Jonathan Sultan of Grenada, Miss., won the June 16 Mississippi Division event on Lake Ferguson with a five-bass limit worth 20 pounds, 11 ounces
"I had around 20 keepers on the day," Sultan continued. "I was throwing a Carolina Rig with a watermelon-colored Zoom Brush Hog and a Strike King sexy shad-colored crankbait. I just alternated between the two and I caught fish using both of them. I’m pretty familiar with Ferguson - I live about two hours away from it and fish it a few times a month. I didn’t practice much for this event though, as the water level was dropping so fast that I knew it was going to be completely different on tournament day. I really have to credit my Lowrance electronics for helping me in this event. It allowed me to pinpoint some key fish and that ended up getting me the win."
Rounding out the top 10 pros were:
|2nd: ||David Lee ||Canton, Miss. ||five bass ||20-5 ||$1,883 |
|3rd: ||Tim McDaniel ||Grenada, Miss. ||five bass ||20-2 ||$1,256 |
|4th: ||Roger Stegall ||Iuka, Miss. ||five bass ||19-15 ||$879 |
|5th: ||Newton Ford ||Lena, Miss. ||five bass ||19-10 ||$753 |
|6th: ||Philip Atkins ||Columbus, Miss. ||five bass ||19-5 ||$690 |
|7th: ||Lynn Miller ||Hernando, Miss. ||five bass ||19-2 ||$628 |
|8th: ||Brandon Bolton ||West Point, Miss. ||five bass ||17-6 ||$565 |
|9th: ||Jim Phillips ||Greenwood, Miss. ||five bass ||16-3 ||$502 |
|10th: ||Jason Cordell ||Pelahatchie, Miss. ||five bass ||16-1 ||$439 |
Norman Bolotte of Kenner, La., weighed a five-bass limit totaling 18 pounds, 9 ounces Saturday to win $1,883 in the co-angler division.
Rounding out the top 10 co-anglers were:
|2nd: ||Alton Lackie ||Germantown, Tenn. ||five bass ||18-6 ||$942 |
|3rd: ||Eddie Gibson ||Greenville, Miss. ||five bass ||17-1 ||$627 |
|4th: ||Michael Babin ||Hineston, La. ||five bass ||16-3 ||$439 |
|5th: ||Matt Wooten ||West Point, Miss. ||five bass ||15-1 ||$377 |
|6th: ||Adam Horn ||Madison, Miss. ||five bass ||15-0 ||$345 |
|7th: ||Corey Craggs ||Horn Lake, Miss. ||five bass ||14-10 ||$314 |
|8th: ||Rick Morgan ||Benton, Miss. ||five bass ||14-6 ||$282 |
|9th: ||Lance Jackson ||Starkville, Miss. ||five bass ||14-5 ||$251 |
|10th: ||Will Terrell ||Memphis, Tenn. ||five bass ||13-10 ||$220 |
The final BFL Mississippi Division tournament is scheduled for Sept. 29-30 on Pickwick Lake in Iuka, Miss. After that tournament is complete, the top 40 boaters and 40 co-anglers based on point standings will qualify for the Oct. 18-20 Regional Championship on the Red River in Natchitoches, La. Boaters will compete for a top award of a Ranger Z518 with a 200-horsepower Evinrude or Mercury outboard and a Chevy Silverado, while co-anglers will fish for a new Ranger Z518 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 40 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 presented by Chevy. Top winners in the BFL can move up to the EverStart Series or even the Walmart FLW Tour.
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