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Vance Wins Walmart Bass Fishing League Music City Division Super Tournament On Old Hickory Lake

Welcher wins co-angler title

by: Julie Huber,,

(Sep. 25, 2012 - GALLATIN, TN.)

Adam Vance of Mount Juliet, Tenn., had a two-day total of nine bass that weighed 20 pounds, 12 ounces to win the Walmart Bass Fishing League Music City Division Super Tournament on the Old Hickory Lake Sunday. For his victory, Vance earned $3,821.

"I knew it was going to be a tough tournament after I had such a bad practice," said Vance. "Being able to stay focused was probably the hardest thing about this tournament. I knew the fish were there but they just didn't want to eat so getting them to bite was a real challenge. I stayed in the same areas and would fish the same log for hours. I had nine keeper bites all weekend, I was going almost two hours between bites, it was tough!

"I was targeting wood in about 4 to 8 feet of water in the back of Spencer and Cedar creek with green pumpkin jigs," Vance continued. "It was very slow and very repetitive. But I had confidence in my area and I knew I just had to be patient."

Rounding out the top 10 boaters were:

2nd: Bryant Ailor Knoxville, Tenn. 10 bass 20-8 $1,911
3rd: Tim Smiley White Pine, Tenn. 10 bass 19-6 $1,273 plus $1,000 Evinrude bonus
4th: Jeff Lokken Lebanon, Tenn. 10 bass 16-14 $892
5th: Terry Steele Sparta, Tenn. eight bass 15-6 $764
6th: Kevin Tidwell Bon Aqua, Tenn. nine bass 14-3 $701
7th: William Merrick Mount Juliet, Tenn. eight bass 13-13 $637
8th: Scott Brummett Brentwood, Tenn. seven bass 13-6 $573
9th: Steve Caudell Portland, Tenn. seven bass 11-5 $510
10th: Archie Wilson Jr. Corryton, Tenn. three bass 7-5 $446

David Welcher of Burns, Tenn., weighed five bass totaling 9 pounds, 9 ounces Sunday to win $1,911 in the co-angler division.

Rounding out the top 10 co-anglers were:

2nd: Joey Myers Gallatin, Tenn. three bass 8-3 $955
3rd: Matthew Billings Cookeville, Tenn. five bass 7-15 $637
4th: Chad Johnson Sparta, Tenn. five bass 7-12 $446
5th: Matt Farrar Nashville, Tenn. five bass 7-6 $382
6th: Brennon Binkley Nashville, Tenn. three bass 6-12 $350
7th: Chris Hicks Hendersonville, Tenn. four bass 6-8 $318
8th: Matt Simcox Alpine, Tenn. two bass 5-14 $287
9th: Steve Melton Shelbyville, Tenn. three bass 5-5 $255
10th: Colby Coppinger Morrison, Tenn. three bass 4-3 $223

The top 40 boaters and 40 co-anglers in the Music City Division, based on point standings, have now qualified for the Oct. 4-6 Regional Championship on Lake Seminole 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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