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Deavers Wins Walmart Bass Fishing League Cowboy Division Event On Toledo Bend

Brown wins co-angler title

Randy Deaver of Blanchard, La., weighed a five-bass limit totaling 20 pounds, 5 ounces Saturday to win the third Walmart Bass Fishing League Cowboy Division tournament of the season on Toledo Bend Lake. For his victory, Deaver earned $4,963.
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(Apr. 08, 2014 - MANY, LA.)

Deaver, a part-time guide on Caddo Lake and 2012 BFL Cowboy Division angler of the year, picked up the first BFL win of his career despite losing a fish the he estimated at nearly 9-pounds.

"It felt really good to win," said Deaver. "I've been trying to get this for several years now. I've been real close but still, I didn't have a win. I'm pumped.

"One of the fish I weighed in came on a V&M swimjig, but the rest I caught off of beds," Deaver explained. "I had several fish marked on beds, but I couldn't get to several because of the wind. All the bigger fish that I weighed in were ones I'd marked in practice. I targeted the south end of the lake all day, in the clear water.

"My biggest fish was only about five and a half pounds," finished Deaver. "The one that I lost was close to 9-pounds, and I had fished for her for about 45 minutes trying to get her to bite. At the time I had a 2-pounder in my livewell, and I knew that fish would have put me way up."

Deaver said that his primary baits were a white-colored craw and a white V&M Split Tail Beaver.

Rounding out the top 10 pros were:

2nd: Randy Despino Colfax, La. five bass 18-9 $1,981
3rd: Andy Gaia Tomball, Texas five bass 18-6 $1,123
3rd: Bob Vote Kingwood, Texas five bass 18-6 $1,123 +
$300 Evinrude Bonus
5th: Dean Lee Longview, Texas five bass 18-4 $793
6th: Bill Cook Houston, Texas three bass 17-5 $727
7th: James Davis Jr. Ferriday, La. five bass 16-14 $660
8th: Ronnie Bickham Brookeland, Texas five bass 16-4 $594
9th: Dillon Lee Mount Pleasant, Texas five bass 15-13 $528
10th: Josh Moore Grand Cane, La. five bass 15-9 $462 +
$300 Evinrude Bonus

Ronnie Brown of Woodville, Texas, weighed in four bass totaling 15 pounds, 8 ounces Saturday to win $1,981 in the co-angler division.

Rounding out the top 10 co-anglers were:

2nd: John Semken Shreveport, La. five bass 14-2 $991
3rd: Audi Price Killeen, Texas five bass 12-4 $662
4rd: Roy Wise Nevada, Texas five bass 11-15 $462
5th: Ben Faucheaux Natchitoches, La. five bass 11-14 $396
6th: Paul Adams Houston, Texas four bass 11-10 $363
7th: Jared West Deer Park, Texas five bass 11-7 $330
8th: Randy Pewthers Pearland, Texas five bass 11-6 $297
9th: Eddie Lindley Ulm, Ark. four bass 11-2 $264
10th: Ryan Lejeune Eunice, La. five bass 11-0 $231

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, Instagram and YouTube.