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Bowling Wins Walmart Bass Fishing League Volunteer Division On Watts Bar Lake

Lane wins co-angler title

by: Joe Opager, Director of Public Relations,

Jonathan Bowling of Harriman, Tenn., took home the title in the final event of the Volunteer Division on Watts Bar with a two-day total weight of 28 pounds, 11 ounces.
Photo by FLW Outdoors
(Sep. 11, 2012 - ROCKWOOD, TN.)

Jonathan Bowling of Harriman, Tenn., weighed a two-day total of 10 bass totaling 28 pounds, 11 ounces to win the Walmart Bass Fishing League Volunteer Division super tournament on Watts Bar Lake in Rockwood on Sunday. For his victory, Bowling earned $4,540.

Rounding out the top 10 pros were:

2nd: Joe Lee Knoxville, Tenn. 10 bass 21-10 $2,270
3rd: Tim Hicks Kingsport, Tenn. six bass 19-9 $1,515
4th: Walmart pro Wesley Strader Spring City, Tenn. eight bass 19-5 $1,059 + $1,000 Evinrude Bonus
5th: Glenn Carter Rockwood, Tenn. eight bass 18-10 $908
6th: Larry Neal Piney Flats, Tenn. seven bass 15-13 $832
7th: Craig Powers Rockwood, Tenn. eight bass 15-4 $757
8th: Jonathan Henry Grant, Ala. five bass 14-10 $681
9th: Tee Watkins East Point, Ky. six bass 13-11 $605
10th: J.R. Henard Rogersville, Tenn. four bass 12-8 $530

Ron Lane of Flagler Beach, Fla., weighed in six bass totaling 19 pounds, 9 ounces Sunday to win $2,134 in the co-angler division.

Rounding out the top 10 co-anglers were:

2nd: Darren Kelly Wartburg, Tenn. six bass 15-8 , $1,067
3rd: Jason Yates Dandridge, Tenn. four bass 12-4 , $712
4th: Nick Sperounis Lawrenceville, Ga. five bass 12-1 $498
5th: Don Little Loudon, Tenn. four bass 11-12 $427
6th: Joshua Metz Knoxville, Tenn. three bass 8-6 $391
7th: Larry Kelley Knoxville, Tenn. three bass 8-5 $356
8th: Sam Texidor Corryton, Tenn. three bass 8-2 $320
9th: Jason Ridenour Loudon, Tenn. three bass 7-8 $285
10th: Matt Brown Harriman, Tenn. four bass 7-3 $249

The top 40 boaters and 40 co-anglers based on point standings will qualify for the Oct. 18-20 Regional Championship on Pickwick Lake in Florence, Ala. 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.

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