(Feb. 10, 2014 - BROOKELAND, TX)...
Dicky Newberry of Houston, Texas, weighed a five-bass limit totaling 19 pounds, 4 ounces Saturday to win the first Walmart Bass Fishing League Cowboy Division tournament of 2014 on Sam Rayburn Reservoir. For his victory, Newberry earned $7,652.
"The fishing was really tough on Rayburn,? said Newberry. "It’s been really cold and the water temperature was down to 45 degrees, and that’s colder than it’s been in years.
"I caught the first four on the edge of the grass on a Rat-L-Trap. Once I caught the first one I stuck with it in the same area. Later on, I backed off and threw a 1/4-ounce Santone jig into grass, and apparently the fish had gotten tired of seeing that same Rat-L-Trap come past, because one hit it first cast and it was my big fish.
"I was throwing to about a 50-foot circle between two stumps. I only caught five fish all day. I went to a few other areas but never got a bite. Being persistent and staying with it was key,- finished Newberry. "I just made the same cast over and over again, and most people don’t do that.?
Rounding out the top 10 pros were:
|2nd: ||Ricky Guy ||Humble, Texas ||five bass ||17-1 ||$2,326 |
|3rd: ||Pete Lowe ||Woodworth, La. ||five bass ||16-0 ||$1,551 |
|4th: ||Tommy Mendoza ||Lake Charles, La. ||four bass ||15-7 ||$1,086 |
|5th: ||Mark Tullis ||Conroe, Texas ||four bass ||14-3 ||$930 |
|6th: ||Michael LaFleur ||Orangefield, Texas ||five bass ||13-10 ||$853 |
|7th: ||Alex Manitzas ||Deridder, La. ||four bass ||12-12 ||$775 |
|8th: ||Scott Bailey ||Longview, Texas ||four bass ||12-6 ||$698 |
|9th: ||Michael Garrett ||Pearland, Texas ||three bass ||10-13 ||$581 |
|9th: ||Kevin Gressett ||Tioga, Texas ||three bass ||10-13 ||$581 |
Complete results can be found at FLWOutdoors.com.
Jerry Strother of Glenmora, La., weighed in a five-bass limit totaling 21 pounds, 13 ounces Saturday to win $2,326 in the co-angler division.
Co-angler Jerry Strother of Glenmora, La., finished in first place at the Feb. 8 Walmart BFL Cowboy Division event on Sam Rayburn Reservoir with a total catch of 21 pounds, 13 ounces. Strother took home more than $2,300 in winnings.
Rounding out the top 10 co-anglers were:
|2nd: ||James Littleford ||Seabrook, Texas ||four bass ||15-2 ||$1,163 |
|3rd: ||William Leon Gaston Jr. ||Shreveport, La. ||four bass ||11-13 ||$660 |
|3rd: ||Eddie Lindley || Ulm, Ark. ||four bass ||11-13 ||$660 |
|5th: ||John Morris ||Houston, Texas ||two bass ||10-11 ||$465 |
|6th: ||Bill Rogers ||Jasper, Texas ||five bass ||10-2 ||$426 |
|7th: ||Randall Bellard ||Denham Springs, La. ||two bass ||8-08 || $388 |
|8th: ||Rocky Parker ||Kyle, Texas ||two bass ||8-0 ||$349 |
|9th: ||Albert Kissinger ||Brookeland, Texas ||two bass ||6-12 ||$310 |
|10th: ||Randy Pewthers ||Pearland, Texas ||two bass ||6-9 ||$257 |
|10th: ||Klint Myers ||Hampshire, Texas ||two bass ||6-9 ||$257 |
The top 40 boaters and 40 co-anglers based on point standings will qualify for the Oct. 9-11 Regional Championship on Pickwick Lake in Florence, Ala. Boaters will compete for a top award of a Ranger Z518C with a 200-horsepower Evinrude or Mercury outboard and a Chevy Silverado, while co-anglers will fish for a new Ranger Z518C 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 2014 BFL All-American is being held June 5-7 on Wilson Lake in Florence, Ala. Top winners in the BFL can move up to the Rayovac FLW 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 2014 over the course of 229 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.