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North Carolina’s Szuba Wins FLW Bass Fishing League Shenandoah Division

Pipkin wins co-angler title

by: Brian Johnson, FLW

Wally Szuba of Cary, NC, weighed a 5-bass limit totaling 20 lbs even to win the (BFL) Shenandoah Division tournament on the Potomac River.
Photo by courtesy FLW Outdoors
(May 9, 2016 - MARBURY, Md)

 Wally Szuba of Cary, North Carolina, weighed a five-bass limit totaling 20 pounds even Saturday to win the FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Shenandoah Division tournament on the Potomac River presented by Power-Pole. For his victory, Szuba took home $5,121.
According to tournament reports, Szuba targeted wood using a jig, crankbait and a Z-Man ChatterBait to catch his limit.

The top 10 boaters finished the tournament in:
               1st:          Wally Szuba, Cary, N.C., five bass, 20-0, $5,121
               2nd:         Ray Griffin, Greensboro, N.C., five bass, 19-2, $2,561
               3rd:          Sean Lewis, Baskerville, Va., five bass, 18-7, $1,705
               4th:          Carlton Owens, Franklin, Va., five bass, 17-10, $1,195
               5th:          David Barker, Emitsburg, Md., five bass, 17-9, $1,024
               6th:          Matt Funk, Suffolk, Va., five bass, 17-4, $939
               7th:          Ronnie Baker, Providence Forge, Va., five bass, 17-1, $854
               8th:          Rich Newton, Milford, Va., five bass, 16-15, $768
               9th:          Ernie Freeman, Broad Run, Va., five bass, 16-7, $640
               9th:          Dennis McNeal, Stafford, Va., five bass, 16-7, $640

Andrew Green of Crofton, Maryland, caught a bass weighing 6 pounds even – the biggest of the tournament in the pro division – and earned the day’s Boater Big Bass award of $790.

Troy Pipkin of Dulles, Virginia, weighed in five bass totaling 17 pounds, 11 ounces, Saturday to win the co-angler division and earn $2,561.

The top 10 co-anglers were:
               1st:          Troy Pipkin, Dulles, Va., five bass, 17-11, $2,561
               2nd:         Aaron Bartlett, Mechanicsville, Va., five bass, 16-5, $1,280
               3rd:          Matt McCluskey, Ashburn, Va., five bass, 16-0, $854
               4th:          Chris Whittaker, Waverly, Va., five bass, 15-6, $598
               5th:          Robbie Walker, Baltimore, Md., five bass, 15-3, $512
               6th:          Sergio Render, Christiansburg, Va., five bass, 14-15, $469
               7th:          Kevin Hensley, Clarksville, Va., five bass, 14-11, $405
               7th:          Safulla Rana, Warrenton, Va., five bass, 14-11, $405
               9th:          Scott Howard, Bedford, Va., five bass, 14-8, $341
               10th:        Matthew Jennings, Suffolk, Va., five bass, 14-6, $284
               10th:        Ricky Windsor, Woodbridge, Va., five bass, 14-6, $284

Richard Pace of Frederick, Maryland, caught the biggest bass of the tournament in the co-angler division, a fish weighing 5 pounds, 6 ounces and earned the day’s Co-angler Big Bass award of $395.

The top 50 boaters and 50 co-anglers based on point standings will qualify for the Oct. 6-8 Regional Championship on Kerr Lake in Henderson, North Carolina. Boaters will compete for a top award of a Ranger Z518C with a 200-horsepower Evinrude or Mercury outboard and $20,000, 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 50 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 BFL All-American. Top winners in the BFL can move up to the Costa FLW Series or even the Walmart FLW Tour.

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