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Smith Wins Walmart Bass Fishing League Music City Division On Kentucky Lake

Whittaker wins co-angler title

by: Joe Opager, Director of Public Relations,

(Mar. 11, 2014 - CAMDEN, TN.)

Noel Smith of Ashland City, Tenn., weighed a five-bass limit totaling 20 pounds even Saturday to win the first Walmart Bass Fishing League Music City Division tournament of 2014 on Kentucky Lake. For his victory, Smith earned $3,418.

Rounding out the top 10 pros were:

2nd: Jeff Lokken Lebanon, Tenn. five bass 19-15 $1,709
3rd: Ryan Hollingshead Murfreesboro, Tenn. five bass 18-15 $1,138
4th: Brent Anderson Kingston Springs, Tenn. five bass 18-14 $798
5th: Rodney Clawson Nashville, Tenn. five bass 18-9 $684
6th: Brandon Sims Sparta, Tenn. five bass 18-2 $627
7th: David Gnewikow Mount Juliet, Tenn. five bass 17-5 $570
8th: Billy Hinson Mount Juliet, Tenn. four bass 16-14 $513
9th: Chris Hughes Centerville, Tenn. four bass 16-11 $456
10th: Roger Stegall Iuka, Miss. five bass 15-7 $399

Blake Whittaker of Monterey, Tenn., weighed a five-bass limit totaling 21 pounds even Saturday to win $1,709 in the co-angler division.

Rounding out the top 10 co-anglers were:

2nd: Jody Gallimore Almo, Ky. five bass 17-3 $855
3rd: Steve Melton Shelbyville, Tenn. four bass 16-1 $570
4th: Nicholas Griffin Dickson, Tenn. three bass 14-7 $399
5th: Mike Todd Cane Ridge, Tenn. five bass 13-13 $342
6th: Monty Escue Murfreesboro, Tenn. four bass 12-2 $313
7th: Jim Fontaine Smyrna, Tenn. five bass 11-15 $285
8th: Brandon Adcock McMinnville, Tenn. four bass 11-13 $256
9th: Derrick Harris Old Hickory, Tenn. three bass 10-3 $213
9th: Blaine Wimberly Nashville, Tenn. three bass 10-3 $213

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. 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.