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Solis Wins Walmart Bass Fishing League Gator Division On Lake Okechobee

Alley wins co-angler title

by: Joe Opager, Director of Public Relations,

Santos Solis of Vero Beach, Fla. wins Bama Division super tournament.
Photo by courtesy FLW Outdoors
(Sep. 18, 2012 - OKEECHOBEE, FL.)

Santos Solis of Vero Beach, Fla., weighed a two-day total of 10 bass totaling 47 pounds, 15 ounces to win the Walmart Bass Fishing League Bama Division super tournament on Lake Okeechobee in Okeechobee, Fla., on Sunday. For his victory, Solis earned $6,743.

"Okeechobee was fishing really good for me," said Solis."I was very lucky and able to find the quality fish that I needed. I had found an area on Friday that I knew would produce the fish that I needed to dominate this tournament. It was a reed line on the south end of the lake right near Cochran's Pass. That was the only area that I fished throughout the whole tournament."

Solis targeted the Okeechobee largemouth flipping a 1-ounce Medlock Jig trailered with a black and blue-colored Gambler Ugly Otter.

"I was flipping, using my heavy-action Halo Rod with a 65-pound-test braid line," Solis continued."I had to be able to crank them out of the thick cover. There were two-foot swells hitting me the entire time. It was rough out there.

"The area was pretty consistent for me," Solis went on to say."I boated eight keepers on Saturday and eight keepers on Sunday. I have to credit Toho Marine as well, as my boat held up great in the rough water. I couldn't have done it without them."

Rounding out the top 10 pros were:

2nd: Don Demott Boca Raton, Fla. 10 bass 44-14 $3,371
3rd: Brandon Medlock Lake Placid, Fla. 10 bass 41-11 $2,248
4th: Keith Fels Ocala, Fla. 10 bass 40-15 $1,573
5th: Alex Pappas Jensen Beach, Fla. 10 bass 39-10 $1,349 + $1,000 Evinrude Bonus
6th: Norman Pellegrini Windermere, Fla. eight bass 38-2 $1,236
7th: Jim Folks Melbourne, Fla. nine bass 37-13 $1,124
8th: Steven Lake Sebring, Fla. 10 bass 37-10 $1,011
9th: Kyle Walters Grant Valkaria, Fla. 10 bass 34-11 $899
10th: Gary Simpson Gainesville, Fla. 10 bass 34-3 $787

Charles Alley of Stuart, Fla., weighed in 10 bass totaling 32 pounds, 11 ounces Sunday to win $3,372 in the co-angler division.

Rounding out the top 10 co-anglers were:

2nd: Michael Wiles Perry, Fla. eight bass 29-6 $1,686
3rd: Brad McCullough Ocala, Fla. 10 bass 29-0 $1,121
4th: Joe Ventrello Orlando, Fla. 10 bass 28-3 $787
5th: Raymond Riendeau St. Cloud, Fla. 10 bass 28-2 $674
6th: David Hunter Williston, Fla. nine bass 27-12 $618
7th: Thad Talley Pompano Beach, Fla. seven bass 24-14 $562
8th: Jason Pike Royal Palm Beach, Fla. 10 bass 24-3 $506
9th: Michael Davis Lake Wales, Fla. 10 bass 23-10 $450
10th: Andrew Pulliam Tampa, Fla. 10 bass 23-3 $393

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