(Jun. 04, 2013 - SCOTTSVILLE, KY.)...
Daniel Spencer of Glasgow, Ky., weighed a five-bass limit totaling 16 pounds, 10 ounces Saturday to win the Walmart Bass Fishing League Mountain Division event on the Barren River. For his victory, Spencer earned $4,244 plus a $1,000 Mercury bonus.
With Saturday’s early morning wind and rain, came an early morning bite according to Spencer who said he had his limit within the first two hours of the tournament. But like so often happens when bass fishing, the wind stopped, the sun came out and the bite died.
"I had my limit in the first two hours," said Spencer. "I found a good school of fish on a drop and pretty much all my fish came from that one school.
"I did catch about 15 keepers throughout the day, but most of the ones I weighed came from that first school I found. I caught everything on a jig - green pumpkin. I really thought I needed another couple of pounds to win, but thought going in to weigh-in that I would be close."
Spencer indicated that he found his fish on Thursday during practice and was feeling pretty confident going in to the tournament.
Rounding out the top 10 pros were:
|2nd: ||Doyle Epperson ||Nancy, Ky. ||five bass ||16-6 ||$2,122 |
|3rd: ||Jason Cooper ||Shelbyville, Tenn. ||five bass ||16-0 ||$1,413 |
|4th: ||Shawn Caskey ||Mount Sterling, Ky. ||five bass ||15-8 ||$990 |
|5th: ||Jeff Carman ||Liberty, Ky. ||five bass ||15-1 ||$849 |
|6th: ||Greg Pugh ||Cullman, Ala. ||five bass ||15-0 ||$742 |
|6th: ||Bobby Smith ||Jamestown, Tenn. ||five bass ||15-0 ||$742 |
|8th: ||Flint Fivecoait ||Corbin, Ky. ||five bass ||14-12 ||$637 |
|9th: ||Shane Winchester ||Glasgow, Ky. ||five bass ||14-6 ||$566 |
|10th: ||John Daniel ||Bowling Green, Ky. ||five bass ||14-2 ||$495 plus $300 Evinrude bonus |
Michael May of Richmond, Ky., weighed five bass totaling 14 pounds, 6 ounces Saturday to win the Co-angler Division. May earned $2,122 for his victory.
Rounding out the top 10 co-anglers were:
|2nd: ||Leslie Coleman ||Columbus, Ind. ||five bass ||14-4 ||$1,061 |
|3rd: ||JP Sims ||Cookeville, Tenn. ||five bass ||13-9 ||$707 |
|4th: ||Gary Craynon ||Prestonsburg, Ky. ||five bass ||13-5 ||$495 |
|5th: ||Kelly Poynter ||Parksville, Ky. ||five bass ||13-4 ||$424 |
|6th: ||Colton Smith ||Somerset, Ky. ||five bass ||13-3 ||$389 |
|7th: ||Ezekiel (Zeke) Reynolds ||Somerset, Ky. ||five bass ||12-7 ||$354 |
|8th: ||Justin Watkins ||Allons, Tenn. ||four bass ||12-6 ||$300 |
|8th: ||Tommy Glass ||Burlington, Ky. ||five bass ||12-6 ||$300 |
|10th: ||Andrew Devere ||Paint Lick, Ky. ||five bass ||12-3 ||$248 |
The next BFL Mountain Division tournament is scheduled for Sept. 7-8 on the Barren River in Scottsville, Ky. After the last divisional tournament is complete, the top 40 boaters and 40 co-anglers based on point standings will qualify for the Oct. 3-5 Regional Championship on Lake Guntersville in Guntersville, Ala. 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. The 2013 BFL All-American is being held June 27-29 on the Nickajack Lake in Chattanooga, Tenn. Top winners in the BFL can move up to the EverStart Series or even the Walmart FLW Tour.
FLW is the industry’s premier tournament-fishing organization, providing anglers of all skill levels the opportunity to compete for millions in prize money nationwide in 2013 over the course of 220 tournaments across five tournament circuits, four of which provide an avenue to the sport’s richest payday and most coveted championship trophy - the Forrest Wood Cup. FLW tournament fishing can be seen on the Emmy-nominated "FLW" television show and is broadcast to more than 564 million households worldwide, making it the most widely distributed weekly outdoors-sports television show in the world. FLW is committed to providing a lifestyle experience that is the "Best in Fishing, On and Off the Water." For more information about FLW visit the FLWOutdoors website and look for FLW on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and YouTube.