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Lambert Wins Walmart Bass Fishing League Mississippi Division On Pickwick Lake

Hopper wins co-angler title

by: Joe Opager, Director of Public Relations,

Jason Lambert of Pickwick Dam, Tenn., wins Mississippi Division super tournament.
Photo by courtesy FLW Outdoors
(Oct. 01, 2012 - IUKA, MS.)

Jason Lambert of Pickwick Dam, Tenn., weighed a two-day total of 10 bass totaling 30 pounds even to win the Walmart Bass Fishing League Mississippi Division super tournament on Pickwick Lake in Iuka, Miss., on Sunday. For his victory, Lambert earned $6,761.

"It feels good to win this tournament again," said Lambert, who won the 2011 Walmart BFL Mississippi division super tournament on Pickwick Lake as well. "You don't get this special feeling too often, so I would love to keep on winning.

"I was fishing ledges in the mid-lake area," Lambert continued. "I was fishing about 15 to 20 feet deep, throwing two main baits - a green pumpkin-colored Yank'Em Football jig trailered with a Strike King Rage Craw and a Strike King 6XD crankbait. I covered a lot of water and hit a lot of locations. The fish schools on Pickwick are very small right now."

Lambert credits his Lowrance HDS with Structure Scan as the key to locating the fish and knowing exactly where to cast.

"I live on this lake and fish it 200 days a year," Lambert said. "The Lowrance Structure Scan was such a huge factor for me this weekend. I would not have been able to win this tournament without it.

"Coming back to the scales, I didn't think my 30 pounds was going to be enough to win," Lambert went on to say. "Coming in to this tournament I would have guessed that it would take in the mid- to upper- 30-pound range. The lake is fishing tough right now though, so it was a pleasant surprise when I had enough."

Rounding out the top 10 pros were:

2nd: Charles Watts Corinth, Miss. 10 bass 28-2 $2,880
3rd: Joseph Webster Fulton, Miss. 10 bass 27-8 $1,921
4th: Michael Wooley Collierville, Tenn. 10 bass 27-6 $1,344
5th: David Hammarstrom Brandon, Miss. 10 bass 26-12 $1,152
6th: Jeremy Utley Florence, Ala. 10 bass 26-11 $1,056
7th: Jerry Gilliam Ethelsville, Ala. 10 bass 26-10 $960
8th: Heath Gilmore Meridian, Miss. 10 bass 25-4 $864
9th: Chris Smalley Middleton, Tenn. seven bass 25-2 $768
10th: Gene Bishop Ridgeland, Miss. 10 bass 24-3 $672

John Hopper of Falkner, Miss., weighed in 10 bass totaling 24 pounds, 8 ounces Sunday to win $2,759 in the co-angler division.

Rounding out the top 10 co-anglers were:

2nd: Corey Craggs Horn Lake, Miss. 10 bass 21-6 $1,379
3rd: Ricky Dudley Greenville, Miss. 10 bass 18-14 $919
4th: Josh Cameron Starkville, Miss. 10 bass 18-14 , $644
5th: Bill Smith Ocean Springs, Miss. eight bass 18-2 $552
6th: John Tutor Saltillo, Miss. nine bass 17-10 $506
7th: Jason Mitchell Aberdeen, Miss. 10 bass 17-6 $460
8th: Craig Mayo Meridian, Miss. eight bass 16-5 $414
9th: Tim Cummings Waynesboro, Tenn. 10 bass 15-9 $368
10th: Lynn Watts Pelahatchie, Miss. 10 bass 15-5 $322

The top 40 boaters and 40 co-anglers based on point standings will qualify for the Oct. 18-20 Regional Championship on the Red River in Natchitoches, La. 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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