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Quaintance Wins Walmart Bass Fishing League Mississippi Division Event On Pickwick Lake
Bruce wins co-angler title
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:
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:
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.
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