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Wood Wins FLW Bass Fishing League Bulldog Division Finale on Lake Eufaula

Smith wins co-angler title

by: Brian Johnson, FLW

Dustin Wood of Eufaula,OK, weighed a 5-bass limit totaling 13 lbs, 10 ozs, to win the (BFL) Bulldog Division Super Tournament on Lake Eufaula , with a 2-day total of 10 bass weighing 28 lbs, 3 ozs.
Photo by courtesy FLW Outdoors
(Sep 13, 2016 - )

 Local angler Dustin Wood of Eufaula, weighed a five-bass limit totaling 13 pounds, 10 ounces, Sunday to win the FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Bulldog Division Super Tournament on Lake Eufaula presented by Navionics, with a two-day total of 10 bass weighing 28 pounds, 3 ounces. For his win, Wood took home $5,660.
Wood said he threw a Strikezone Deep Daddy Crankbait to mid-lake stumps and brush on Day One. He said he covered as much water as he could, sometimes casting only twice before moving on to the next area.

“I did a lot of idling and looking,” said Wood, who also won the BFL Bama Division Super Tournament, held on Lake Eufaula two weeks ago. “When I saw something, I focused on nearby stumps, brush, or any irregular structure. The weather was cloudy with a little bit of wind and fog. I think the light wind helped out the cranking bite.”

Wood said he ended up catching seven keepers on Day One.

“On Day Two it was sunny, so I decided to go with a worm,” said Wood. “I picked up a Strikezone Shake Up Head rigged with a green-pumpkin Strikezone Needle Worm and fished it really slow. I threw it to isolated stumps and brush piles and put six keepers in the boat.”

The top 10 boaters finished the tournament in:
               1st:          Dustin Wood, Eufaula, Ala., 10 bass, 28-3, $5,660
               2nd:         Mike Cavender, Phenix City, Ala., 10 bass, 26-4, $2,730
               3rd:          Al Cleghorn, Fitzgerald, Ga., eight bass, 23-4, $2,532
               4th:          Terry Stevens, Marianna, Fla., 10 bass, 21-13, $1,274
               5th:          Bradley Enfinger, Colquitt, Ga., 10 bass, 21-7, $1,092
               6th:          Michael Conley, Bainbridge, Ga., nine bass, 21-0, $1,001
               7th:          Scott Montgomery, Eufaula, Ala., seven bass, 19-12, $910
               8th:          Rob Jordan, Flowery Branch, Ga., seven bass, 18-11, $819
               9th:          Miles Burghoff, Santa Cruz, Calif., six bass, 18-9, $828
               10th:        John Duvall, Madison, Ga., seven bass, 14-7, $637

Cleghorn caught a bass weighing 6 pounds, 14 ounces – the biggest of the tournament in the pro division – and earned the Boater Big Bass award of $712.

Ken Smith of Lula, Georgia, won the co-angler division and earned $2,930 with a two-day cumulative catch of 10 bass weighing 21 pounds, 2 ounces.

The top 10 co-anglers were:
               1st:          Ken Smith, Lula, Ga., 10 bass, 21-2, $2,930
               2nd:         Irby Allen, Leesburg, Ga., six bass, 17-8, $1,415
               3rd:          Tony DiMauro, Watkinsville, Ga., eight bass, 16-7, $909
               4th:          Jacob Thompson, Monroe, Ga., four bass, 14-9, $637
               5th:          Ben-Oni Maldonado, Covington, Ga., five bass, 14-5, $902
               6th:          Daniel Tuten, Byron, Ga., five bass, 10-3, $501
               7th:          Jason Yawn, LaGrange, Ga., five bass, 9-15, $455
               8th:          Reese Kingston, Villa Rica, Ga., five bass, 9-11, $410
               9th:          Dave Altman, Lawrenceville, Ga., five bass, 9-8, $364
               10th:        Deron Burdette, Fayetteville, Ga., three bass, 9-1, $319

Maldonado caught the biggest bass of the tournament in the co-angler division, a fish weighing 7 pounds, 7 ounces, and earned the Co-angler Big Bass award of $356.

The top 50 boaters and 50 co-anglers based on point standings will qualify for the Oct. 13-15 Regional Championship on Lake Seminole in Bainbridge, Georgia. 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.

About FLW

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