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Castledine Wins Walmart Bass Fishing League Cowboy Division Event On Sam Rayburn

West wins co-angler title

by: Jody White, Communications Specialist, FLW Outdoors

Todd Castledine of Nacogdoches, Texas, won the March 1 Cowboy Division event on Same Rayburn with 29 pounds, 6 ounces. Castledine was awarded over $5,500 for his efforts.
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(Mar. 03, 2014 - BROOKELAND, TX)

Todd Castledine of Nacogdoches, Texas, weighed a five-bass limit totaling 29 pounds, 6 ounces Saturday to win the second Walmart Bass Fishing League Cowboy Division tournament of the season on Sam Rayburn Reservoir. For his victory, Castledine earned $5,507.

After winning a pair of BFL events on Sam Rayburn last year, Castledine started on the path to a repeat in grand style, bagging nearly 30 pounds of bass.

"The day started pretty slow, I guess because of the fog," said Castledine." I don't think I even caught anything until about 10 o'clock. Around noon the fog started breaking and the sun came out, and it was like a light went on and they started eating.

"I stayed deep most of the day. Most of it was on main-lake points in 18 to 24 feet, close to the river channel. Because it's been so cold, the right points are still holding a lot of schools still out there. Find the right points and they're on them."

Castledine's win was part of a magical three-week stretch of huge limits for the Sam Rayburn expert.

"I've been on a neat little ride. All these weeks are blending together It"s pretty surreal. I"ve been catching a lot of bags like this. I"ve been weighing in over 25 pounds every time these last few weeks. My co-angler said, ?I"ve never seen someone reel in 7-pounders and not get excited." I'm just trying to take it all in now. You never know if it"s the last tournament you"re going to win. It never gets old."

Castledine said he caught most of his weight on a 6th Sense Crush 500DD crankbait and a Carolina rigged prototype 7-inch Kicker Fish Bubble Fry.

Rounding out the top 10 pros were:
2nd: Eric Hunt Buna, Texas five bass 26-6 $2,253
3rd: Randy Sitz Prosper, Texas five bass 24-13 $1,502
4th: Randy Deaver Blanchard, La. five bass 20-14 $1,052
5th: James Davis Jr. Ferreiday, La. five bass 19-5 $901
6th: Shane Hilton Alexandria, La. five bass 18-5 $826
7th: Jerrel Pringle Hemphill, Texas five bass 16-9 $751
8th: Tommy Rascoe Converse, La. five bass 15-14 $676 + $300 Evinrude Bonus
9th: C.J. Nichols Alexandria, La. five bass 15-13 $$601
10th: Kent Graham Nacogdoches, Texas five bass 15-9 $526

Jared West of Deer Park, Texas, weighed in a five-bass limit totaling 19 pounds, 9 ounces Saturday to win $2,253 in the co-angler division.

Rounding out the top 10 co-anglers were:
2nd: John Valentine Shreveport, La. five bass 15-7 $1,127
3rd: Audi Price Killeen, Texas five bass 14-3 $751
4rd: Richard Hooter Natchitoches, La. five bass 13-10 $526
5th: Percy Richardson Lufkin, Texas five bass 12-9 $451
6th: Roy Wise Nevada, Texas five bass 12-0 $413
7th: George Cox Silsbee, Texas five bass 11-14 $376
8th: Russell Lewis Pineville, La. five bass 11-13 $338
9th: Blake Womac Baton Rouge, La. five bass 10-15 $300
10th: Jason Chance Houston, Texas four bass 10-5 $263

The top 40 boaters and 40 co-anglers based on point standings will qualify for the Oct. 9-11 Regional Championship on Pickwick Lake in Florence, Ala. 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.