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Quaintance Wins Walmart Bass Fishing League Mississippi Division Event On Pickwick Lake

Bruce wins co-angler title

by: Jody White, Communications Specialist, FLW Outdoors

Chris Quaintance of Muscle Shoals, Ala., won the Feb. 15 Mississippi Division event on a tough Pickwick Lake with three fish weighing 13 pounds, 10 ounces. For his efforts, Quaintance took home a check worth $3,879.
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Co-angler Collin Bruce of Florence, Ala., won the Feb. 15 Mississippi Division event on Pickwick Lake with three bass weighing 11 pounds, 3 ounces. He walked away with $1,940 for his efforts.
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(Feb. 18, 2014 - IUKA, MS.)

Chris Quaintance of Muscle Shoals, Ala., weighed a three-bass totaling 13 pounds, 10 ounces Saturday to win the first Walmart Bass Fishing League Mississippi Division tournament of 2014 on Pickwick Lake. For his victory, Quaintance earned $3,879.

Quaintance took home his first BFL win on the back of three big fish in a shockingly slow event where nobody weighed in a five-bass limit.

"It was a really tough event," said Quaintance. "I've been fishing there every winter for years and have never seen it like that. I think it was the cold, but I don't know. We had been catching them well up until Saturday. It was crazy."

Quaintance said that he fished a shallow main-channel ledge with some stumps and current and caught his three keepers and one non-keeper on a lipless crankbait.

"I told my co-angler that I might get into the check cut with what I had because I had three big ones. But in the winter it takes a lot to win on Pickwick; I never in my life would have thought I'd win on those three fish.

"I don't know what to think," finished Quaintance. "I'm still in the clouds, I'm blessed and thanking the Lord."

Rounding out the top 10 pros were:

2nd: Jeff Johnston Marion, Ark. four bass 12-13 $1,940
3rd: Raymond Owen Iuka, Miss. two bass 10-8 $1,293
4th: Tim Fox Meridian, Miss. four bass 10-3 $905 + $300 Evinrude Bonus
5th: Adam Shirley Meridian, Miss. two bass 9-8 $776
6th: Darrell Moon Corinth, Miss. three bass 9-3 $711
7th: Buzz Gallo Moselle, Miss. three bass 7-10 $647
8th: Chad Mayfield Brandon, Miss. two bass 5-14 $582
9th: Philip Atkins Columbus, Miss. two bass 4-05 $517
10th: Raymond Goodwin Independence, La. two bass 3-15 $453

Collin Bruce of Florence, Ala., weighed in three bass totaling 11 pounds, 3 ounces Saturday to win $1,940 in the co-angler division.

Rounding out the top 10 co-anglers were:

2nd: Sank Payton Bay Springs, Miss. one bass 5-15 $970
3rd: Lynn Watts Pelahatchie, Miss. one bass 5-6 $646
4th: Jesse Steadham Florence, Miss. two bass 5-4 $453
5th: Tim Davis Laurel, Miss. two bass 4-11 $388
6th: Jason Mitchell Hamilton, Miss. one bass 4-4 $356
7th: Ryan Lecompte Picayune, Miss. one bass 4-1 $323
8th: Chandler Roman, New Albany, Miss. one bass 3-15 $291
9th: Larry Stewart Jr. Clinton, Miss. one bass 3-9 $259
10th: Dustin Jones Greenwood, Miss. one bass 3-6 $226

The top 40 boaters and 40 co-anglers based on point standings will qualify for the Oct. 16-18 Regional Championship on the Sam Rayburn Reservoir in Jasper, Texas. Boaters will compete for a top award of a Ranger Z518C with a 200-horsepower Evinrude or Mercury outboard and a Chevy Silverado, while co-anglers will fish for a new Ranger Z518C 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. The 2014 BFL All-American is being held June 5-7 on Wilson Lake in Florence, Ala. Top winners in the BFL can move up to the Rayovac FLW Series or even the Walmart FLW Tour.

FLW is the industry's premier tournament-fishing organization, providing anglers of all skill levels the opportunity to compete for millions in prize money nationwide in 2014 over the course of 229 tournaments across five tournament circuits, four of which provide an avenue to the sport's richest payday and most coveted championship trophy - the Forrest Wood Cup. FLW tournament fishing can be seen on the Emmy-nominated "FLW" television show and is broadcast to more than 564 million households worldwide, making it the most widely distributed weekly outdoors-sports television show in the world. FLW is committed to providing a lifestyle experience that is the "Best in Fishing, On and Off the Water." For more information about FLW visit the FLWOutdoors website and look for FLW on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and YouTube.