(Oct. 15, 2012 - KUTTAWA, Ky.)...
Marcus Sykora of Osage Beach, Mo., won the Walmart Bass Fishing League (BFL) Regional on Lake Barkley with a three-day total of 15 bass totaling 48 pounds, 4 ounces. For his victory, Sykora won a Ranger Z518 with a 200-horsepower Evinrude or Mercury outboard plus a Chevy 1500 Silverado and entry into the BFL All-American presented by Chevy. This regional tournament featured the top 40 boaters and 40 co-anglers from each of the Buckeye, Great Lakes, Michigan and Ozark divisions.
The top six boaters that qualified for the BFL All-American were:
|1st: ||Marcus Sykora ||Osage Beach, Mo. ||15 bass ||48-4 ||Ranger Z518 with 200-horsepower outboard + Chevy 1500 Silverado |
|2nd: ||Mike Brueggen ||La Crosse, Wis. ||15 bass ||42-10 ||$1,500 |
|3rd: ||Jeff Ritter ||Prairie Du Chien, Wis. ||15 bass ||42-4 ||$1,100 |
|4th: ||Jeremy Lawyer ||Sarcoxie, Mo. ||12 bass ||41-15 ||$1,000 |
|5th: ||Tim Wilson ||Gas City, Ind. ||15 bass ||40-5 ||$900 |
|6th: ||Brian Fitzpatrick ||La Crosse, Wis. ||14 bass ||39-10 ||$800 |
Rounding out the top 10 pros were:
|7th: ||Mark Flick ||Plainwell, Mich. ||14 bass ||39-8 ||$700 |
|8th: ||Mark Dove ||North Vernon, Ind. ||15 bass ||39-1 ||$650 |
|9th: ||Chris Aswegan ||Lisbon, Iowa ||15 bass ||38-7 ||$600 |
|10th: ||David Young ||Mayfield, Ky. ||12 bass ||36-10 ||$550 |
Christian Burzynski of Milwaukee, Wis., won the Co-angler Division with a three-day total of 12 bass totaling 27 pounds, 5 ounces. For his efforts, Burzynski took home a Ranger Z518 with a 200-horsepower Evinrude or Mercury outboard along with a berth in the BFL All-American.
The top six co-anglers that qualified for the BFL All-American were:
|1st: ||Christian Burzynski ||Milwaukee, Wis. ||12 bass ||27-5 ||Ranger Z518 with 200-horsepower outboard |
|2nd: ||Jason Howland ||Albert Lea, Minn. ||10 bass ||26-2 ||$750 |
|3rd: ||Dewey Larson ||, Fayetteville, Ark. ||10 bass ||21-15 ||$550 |
|4th: ||Marvin Anderson ||Russell Springs, Ky. ||nine bass ||21-0 || $500 |
|5th: ||Craig Hulsey ||Park Hills, Mo. ||six bass ||20-8 ||$450 |
|6th: ||David Goodyear ||Beloit, Wis. ||eight bass ||19-12 ||$400 |
Rounding out the top 10 co-anglers were:
|7th: ||Jason Swanson ||Waterloo, Iowa ||seven bass ||19-6 ||$350 |
|8th: ||Mike Jones ||Okeana, Ohio || nine bass ||19-1 ||$325 |
|9th: ||Dewayne Eck ||Butler, Ind. ||nine bass ||18-6 ||$300 |
|10th: ||James Kelley ||Maryland Heights, Mo. ||six bass ||16-7 ||$275 |
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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