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Lowen Wins Walmart Bass Fishing League Hoosier Division On Ohio River

Krider wins co-angler title

by: Joe Opager, Director of Public Relations,

Bill Lowen of Brookville, Ind., won the two day Hoosier Division event on the Ohio River with a total weight of 18 pounds, 9 ounces.
Photo by Joe Opager, Communications Specialist
(Sep. 11, 2012 - LAWRENCEBURG, IN.)

Bill Lowen of Brookville, Ind., weighed a two-day total of 10 bass totaling 18 pounds, 9 ounces to win the Walmart Bass Fishing League Hoosier Division super tournament on the Ohio River at Tanners Creek in Lawrenceburg on Sunday. For his victory, Haynes earned $4,869.

"The last BFL super tournament held here I finished in second place," said Lowen. "So it feels really good to get the win out on my home waters.

"The conditions on the river are always pretty tough this time of year," Lowen continued. "Especially this year, because we've had a bit of a drought. I figured coming in that I would need at least 8 pounds a day to win, so that's what I was shooting for. It was pretty tough on day one. There was a lot of rain and wind, and the wind was stalling the current. I fished on the main river targeting laydowns and current breaks, throwing a Tight Lines UV green pumpkin-colored tube. It was pretty slow; I only had seven keeper bites on the day, but it was enough to get me the lead."

Conditions cleared on Sunday for Lowen, and he decided to start his final day in Tanners Creek.

"Day two was very sunny, and the wind repositioned," said Lowen. "I started out fishing in Tanners Creek, and I had a solid limit within the first hour, including a 2- and 3-pounder. I stayed in the Creek for two hours, and then I moved back out to the main river. I must have had 18 or 19 keeper bites throughout the day. I stuck with green pumpkin colors, but I threw a jig on day two."

Rounding out the top 10 pros were:
2nd: Ray Brunner Hamilton, Ohio 10 bass 15-7 $2,434
3rd: Larry Sisk Evansville, Ind. 10 bass 15-6 $1,623
4th: Todd Hensley New Albany, Ind. 10 bass 15-4 $1,136
5th: Gary Dees Hamilton, Ohio 10 bass 13-1 $974
6th: Chris Wilkinson Farmersburg, Ind. eight bass 12-5 $893
7th: Gary Colasessano Indianapolis, Ind. , seven bass 12-1 $811
8th: Bill Brunner Cleves, Ohio eight bass 11-9 $730
9th: Dick Shaffer Rockford, Ohio eight bass 11-2 $649
10th: Scott Thomas Mooreland, Ind. eight bass 9-15 $568

Jim Krider of North Vernon, Ind., weighed in eight bass totaling 11 pounds, 6 ounces Sunday to win $2,434 in the co-angler division.

Rounding out the top 10 co-anglers were:

2nd: Steve Guthrie Mooresville, Ind. six bass 10-12 $1,217
3rd: Harvey Miller Trafalgar, Ind. six bass 10-1 $813
4th: Roger Hahn Fairfield, Ohio three bass 8-7 $568
5th: James Rockhill Muncie, Ind. six bass 8-4 $487
6th: Trent Norman Cincinnati, Ohio five bass 8-1 $446
7th: Larry Kitchel Logansport, Ind. five bass 7-7 $406
8th: Richard Michalski Westport, Ky. five bass 7-0 $365
9th: Justin Clift Indianapolis, Ind. five bass 6-10 $325
10th: Bradley Mullanix Anderson, Ind. four bass 6-5 $284

The top 40 boaters and 40 co-anglers based on point standings will qualify for the Oct. 4-6 Regional Championship on Cherokee Lake in Morristown, Tenn. 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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