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Major Wins Walmart Bass Fishing League Mountain Division Event On Dale Hollow Lake

Morris wins co-angler title

by: Jody White, Communications Specialist, FLW Outdoors

Mitchell Major of Lancaster, Ky., weighed a five-bass limit totaling 21 pounds, 7 ounces Saturday to win the second Walmart Bass Fishing League Mountain Division tournament of 2014 on Dale Hollow Lake. For his victory, Major earned $5,380.
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(Apr. 08, 2014 - BYRDSTOWN, TN.)

Major earned the first BFL win of his career by putting down the umbrella rig and throwing a jig for pre-spawn Dale Hollow bass.

"It was an awesome, awesome weekend," said Major. "It just worked out. I've had my chance to win before but it seems like I've lost fish or broken off fish. This weekend it was just meant to be.

"I caught ?em on a jig and a spinnerbait," Major continued. "Every fish that I weighed in came on the jig. I was catching them on laydown logs in pockets off of Wolf River.

"The key was making the right change," explained Major. "I started out throwing an umbrella rig, because I didn't want to get beat on it again. But I came to a laydown and picked up a jig and caught a 4-pounder. Then I moved a little way down the bank and did it again. So I just started throwing the jig and a spinnerbait for the rest of the time."

Major said all the fish he weighed in came on a 3/8-ounce D&L Tackle jig in the Cumberland Craw color

Rounding out the top 10 pros were:

2nd: James King Monroe, Tenn. five bass 19-13 $2,690
3rd: Matt Salmons, Bronston, Ky. five bass 18-8 $1,794
4th: Jason Chasteen Richmond, Ky. five bass 18-5 $1,255
5th: Tyler Gregory Pine Knot, Ky five bass 17-14 $1,031
5th: Barrett Moss Somerset, Ky. five bass 17-14 $1,031
7th: Joe Slagle Bristol, Tenn. five bass 17-10 $897
8th: Mark Mauldin Knoxville, Tenn. five bass 17-6 $807
9th: Jeff Coots Yeaddiss, Ky. five bass 17-4 $717
10th: Jack Poindexter Livingston, Tenn. five bass 17-3 $596
10th: HC Sumpter Nancy, Ky. five bass 17-3 $596

Michael Morris of McKee, Ky., weighed-in a five-bass limit totaling 16 pounds, 14 ounces Saturday to win $2,636 in the co-angler division.

Rounding out the top 10 co-anglers were:

2nd: Brian Copeland Rickman, Tenn. five bass 16-8 $1,318
3rd: Cody Loveless Somerset, Ky. five bass 15-8 $879
4th: Seth Graves Tompkinsville, Ky., five bass 14-8 $615
5th: Adam Frye Burnside, Ky. five bass 13-9 $527
6th: Jason Stigall Tateville, Ky. five bass 13-6 $483
7th: Phillip Brannum Byrdstown, Tenn. five bass 13-5, $439
8th: Wendell Madewell Jamestown, Tenn. five bass 13-2 $395
9th: Dustin House London, Ky. five bass 13-1 $352
10th: Joe Wasson Campbellsville, Ky. five bass 12-9 $292
10th: Tim Kempf Louisville, Ky. four bass , 12-9 $292

The top 40 boaters and 40 co-anglers based on point standings will qualify for the Oct. 9-11 Regional Championship on Lake Cherokee in Morristown, Tenn. 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, Instagram and YouTube.