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FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL)
Ashley Wins Walmart Bass Fishing League Chevy Wild Card On Lake Guntersville

Stephens wins co-angler title

by Julie Huber,
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Darren Ashley of Calhoun Falls, S.C., won the Walmart Bass Fishing League (BFL) Chevy Wild Card on Lake Guntersville with a 2-day total of 10 bass weighing 39 lbs, 11 oz.
Photo by courtesy FLW Outdoors
(Oct. 29, 2012 - GUNTERSVILLE, AL.)...

Darren Ashley of Calhoun Falls, S.C., won the Walmart Bass Fishing League (BFL) Chevy Wild Card on Lake Guntersville with a two-day total of 10 bass weighing 39 pounds, 11 ounces. For his victory, Ashley won $4,112 and entry into the BFL All-American presented by Chevy. The Chevy Wild Card tournament is a last-chance effort for BFL anglers to qualify for the BFL All-American, the longest running championship in competitive bass fishing. This tournament featured 136 BFL anglers from around the country who had entered all five BFL tournaments in any one division this season, paid their entry fees but did not qualify for a regional event.

Boater Darren Ashley of Calhoun Falls, S.C., won the Walmart BFLWild Card on Lake Guntersville with 10 bass that weighed 39 pounds,11 ounces and earned him $4,112 plus a berth in the BFL All-American

"My main goal was to qualify for the All-American," said Ashley, who will be making his first trip to the All-American in 2013. "It wasn’t about the win or even the money. It was about making the All-American, and I accomplished that goal.

"From all the dock talk I had heard going into the tournament everyone thought it was going to be a slugfest around the bridges using the Alabama rig. So I headed to Guntersville with a boat load of Alabama Rigs and frogs and hit every bridge I could find during practice. I caught one tiny fish. I was heartbroken. The two things I knew how to do weren’t working."

After throwing the frog with little success during practice, Ashley went back to the Alabama rig and found three areas away from bridges that were productive for him. He was targeting scattered grass in 12 to 14 feet of water. Ashley said that if it was going to happen for him, it was going to happen with one bait (the Alabama rig) and in three places. The key for Ashley was holding his boat in 15 feet of water while casting to slightly shallower areas. Ashley said the bass were chasing white perch and had positioned themselves underneath the perch.

"I don’t care what anybody says," Ashley went on to say. "The Alabama rig is an awesome bait. It triggers the suspended bass into biting, which is an incredibly hard thing to do. The schooling mentality is a heck of a concept. Guntersville is an unreal lake. I have never seen so many schools of large bass in all my life. I didn’t want to come off the water."

The top six boaters that qualified for the BFL All-American are:

1st: Darren Ashley Calhoun Falls, S.C. 10 bass 39-11 $4,112
2nd: Mike Harris Watkinsville, Ga. 10 bass 34-1
3rd: Kerry Milner Bono, Ark. 10 bass 32-9 $2,056
4th: Corey Bradley McDonald, Tenn 10 bass 30-10 $1,553
5th: Lionel Botha Okeechobee, Fla. eight bass 29-2 $1,097
6th: Gary Isgrigg Mt. Washington, Ky. 10 bass 28-10

Rounding out the top 10 boaters:

7th: Jody Hughes Baldwin, Ga. 10 bass 27-10 $868
8th: Stacey Edwards Milton, Ky. 10 bass 27-9 $777
9th: Tyler Matlock Omaha, Ark. 10 bass 25-6 $685
10th: Dustin McKinney Glasgow, Ky. eight bass 25-1 $617
v Ernest Stephens of Orrum, N.C., won the Co-angler Division with a two-day total of 10 bass totaling 29 pounds, 12 ounces. Stephens won $2,346 plus a berth in the BFL All-American.

The top six co-anglers that qualified for the BFL All-American are:

1st: Ernest Stephens Orrum, N.C. 10 bass 29-12 $2,346
2nd: Josh Fordham Glencoe, Ala. nine bass 25-1 $1,173
3rd: Marcus Dudley Twinsburg, Ohio five bass 15-5 $886
4th: Mitchell Staples Sr. Colonial Beach, Va. five bass 15-2 $626
5th: Bob Brown Seneca, S.C. five bass 15-1
6th: Katie Jackson High Springs, Fla. six bass 14-0 $495

Rounding out the top 10 co-anglers:

7th: Jerry Armstrong Shelbyville, Tenn. five bass 13-1 $443
8th: W.K. Luckett Jr. Ridgeland, Miss. four bass 12-0 $391
9th: John Davis Fort Lauderdale, Fla. four bass 11-15 $352
10th: Morgan McLain Lenexa, Kan. four bass 11-14

The BFL is a 24-division circuit devoted to weekend anglers, with 120 tournaments throughout the season, five in each division. The 2013 BFL All-American is scheduled for June 26-29 on Nickajack Lake near Chattanooga, Tenn. Top winners in the BFL can move up to the EverStart Series or even the Walmart 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.

FLW is the industry’s premier tournament-fishing organization, providing unparalleled fishing resources and entertainment to our sponsors, fans and host communities. FLW is offering anglers of all skill levels the opportunity to compete for millions in prize money nationwide in 2012 over the course of 191 tournaments across five tournament circuits, each providing an avenue to the sport’s richest payday and most coveted championship trophy - the Forrest Wood Cup. FLW is committed to providing a lifestyle experience that is the "Best in Fishing, On and Off the Water," through a variety of platforms including tournaments, outdoor expos and the world’s richest fantasy sports game - FLW Fantasy Fishing. For more information about FLW and FLW Fantasy Fishing, visit the FLWOutdoors or FantasyFishing websites and look for FLW on Twitter and Facebook.

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