(Sep. 09, 2013 - IUKA, MS.)...
Michael Wooley of Collierville, Tenn., weighed a two-day total of 10 bass totaling 45 pounds, 3 ounces Sunday to win the Walmart Bass Fishing League Mississippi Division event on Pickwick Lake. For his victory, Wooley earned $8,230.
Wooley earned the first BFL win of his career in grand fashion, beating out second place by nearly 10 pounds. "It felt great to get my first win," said Wooley. "It’s good to win on my own for once.
"All the fish that I caught came off of one spot in 14 feet of water," said Wooley. "The first day I caught them really quickly. I had 19 pounds by 8:30 a.m.. It took me longer on the second day, but I still had my weight by 10:30 a.m.."
Wooley found his key spot nearly by accident. "I was looking for some other fish and I just happened on these. It was a spot I’d never fished before, but they were the right size fish. Nearly every fish was big."
The morning bite was key for Wooley. "The conditions were bad. It was hot and slick, with no current. It was pretty much a morning deal."
Wooley said he caught his fish on a 1/2-ounce Strike King Tour Grade Football Shakey Head with a Strike King KVD Perfect Plastic Finesse Worm and a 3/4-ounce Strike King Tour Grade Football Jig.
Rounding out the top 10 pros were:
|2nd: ||David Allen ||Florence, Ala. ||10 bass ||35-12 ||$3,115 |
|3rd: ||William Davis ||Sheffield, Ala ||, 10 bass ||34-8 ||, $2,077 |
|4th: ||Jeremy Utley ||Florence, Ala. ||10 bass ||33-8 ||$1,454 |
|5th: ||Jason Lambert ||Pickwick Dam, Tenn. ||10 bass ||31-0 ||$1,246 |
|6th: ||Shane Hogue ||Hamilton, Ala. ||10 bass ||28-4 ||, $1,142 |
|7th: ||Chris Wooten ||West Point, Miss. ||10 bass ||27-4 ||$1,038 |
|8th: ||Nathan Ashmore ||Baldwyn, Miss. ||10 bass ||26-7 ||$934 |
|9th: ||Roger Stegall ||Iuka, Miss. ||eight bass ||25-6 ||$831 |
|10th: ||Alan Langford ||Tupelo, Miss. ||10 bass ||25-5 ||$727 |
Craig Mayo of Meridian, Miss., weighed in a nine bass totaling 27 pounds, 2 ounces Sunday to win $3,115 in the co-angler division.
Rounding out the top 10 co-anglers were:
|2nd: ||Matt Wooten ||West Point, Miss. ||nine bass ||24-7 ||$1,557 |
|3rd: ||Brice Cohea ||Ripley, Miss. ||nine bass ||21-11 ||$1,040 |
|4th: ||Eddie Laster ||Morton, Miss. ||eight bass ||17-2 ||$727 |
|5th: ||Shane Cade ||Clinton, Miss. ||eight bass ||16-15 ||$623 |
|6th: ||Gregory Pittman ||Memphis, Tenn. ||five bass ||16-3 ||$571 |
|7th: ||Shayne Barfield ||Meridian, Miss. ||six bass ||14-4 ||$519 |
|8th: ||Brian Cissom ||Ripley, Miss. ||five bass ||13-3 ||$467 |
|9th: ||Jerry Riddle ||Summit, Miss. ||five bass ||12-12 ||$415 |
|10th: ||Jason Smith ||Killen, Ala. ||five bass ||12-2 ||$363 |
The top 40 boaters and 40 co-anglers based on point standings will qualify for the Oct. 10-12 Regional Championship on Kentucky Lake in Gilbertsville, Ky. 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.
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.