The 2014 Walmart BFL season continues with five tournaments on Saturday, June 14. The Cowboy division will fish on the Red River, the Ozark division is headed to Lake Truman, the Shenandoah division will take on the Potomac River, the South Carolina division will meet on Lake Wateree and the Volunteer division will continue their season on Cherokee Lake. Up to 400 boaters and co-anglers will be competing in each event for top awards up to $8,000 and $3,000 respectively.
Saturday, June 14, 2014
Cowboy Division-Red River Grand Ecore Recreation Area 1071 Tauzin Island Road Natchitoches, La.
The bass fishing on the Red River is expected to be good. Bass will be in summertime patterns and could be caught in the main channel or in the river's plentiful shallow backwaters and oxbow lakes. Anglers will have the option to lock through to other sections of the river and what pool to fish will be a key decision for many competitors to make. Topwater frogs, worms and other soft plastics, square-bill crankbaits and jigs will be popular choices for the field. The winning weight is expected to be right around 16 pounds.
Ozark Division-Lake Truman Long Shoal Marina-12730 Steamboat Road Warsaw, Mo.
The bass fishing on Truman Lake should be good. The bass will have wrapped up their spawn phase and should be catchable throughout the lake. Anglers are likely to spread out and target areas ranging from shallow, around wood cover to main-lake structure and brush piles. Topwater baits, jigs, crankbaits, spinnerbaits and soft plastics are expected to be in heavy use throughout the field. The winner is projected to bring a five-bass limit weighing around 15 pounds to the scale.
Shenandoah Division-Potomac River Smallwood State Park-2750 Sweden Point Road Marbury, Md.
The bass fishing on the Potomac River is likely to be very good. Fish will be in postspawn and summer patterns, and should be eager to bite. Competitors may catch fish on current breaks and around the river?s laydowns, but most of the field is likely to focus their attention in and around the grass beds the Potomac is famous for. Spinnerbaits, jigs, ChatterBaits, crankbaits, soft plastics and topwater frogs will be popular baits to throw. The winner is expected to bring about 20 pounds of bass to the scale.
South Carolina Division-Lake Wateree Clear Water Cove Marina-2029 Baron DeKalb Road Camden, S.C.
The bass fishing on Lake Wateree is expected to be good. Most of the bass are predicted to be in their summer patterns and fish will be caught both in the grass and on deeper structure. Due to the fact that the lake is a popular recreation destination in the summertime, the morning bite before the lake gets crowded could be key for many anglers. Crankbaits, jigs, topwater baits and a variety of soft plastics will probably be top producers for the anglers. It is expected to take a five-bass limit around 16 pounds to win this event.
Volunteer Division- Cherokee Lake Hamblin County Dock, Cherokee Park 3045 Cherokee Park Road Morristown, Tenn.
The bass fishing on Cherokee Lake is expected to be excellent. Summer patterns will prevail and much of the field figures to be out on the ledges and other pieces of offshore structure and cover that hold the bass in the summertime. Crankbaits, swimbaits, jigs, soft plastics, topwater bait and other typical offshore baits will be popular. The winner will probably need to bring in a five-bass limit weighing at least 17 pounds.
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 are competing 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 Rayovac FLW Series or even the Walmart FLW Tour.
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