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Pitts put together his first career BFL win on Lake Russell, a lake that he's been fishing since it was built in 1984.
"Lake Russell has been really tough," said Pitts. "It has been taking 15 to 16 pounds to win everything here for a while, so I knew I would be close.
"I was throwing a spinnerbait and a ChatterBait in standing timber for prespawn bass. I was fishing humps and pockets that were about 16-feet deep.
"I probably caught about 14 fish throughout the day," said Pitts. "I found the fish on Thursday, and went back on Saturday and they had stayed in that area. Persistence was key - I stayed on the same pattern all day and never left it. I was only getting about two fish an hour. I just kept my head down and stayed with it.
"It was a good weekend," finished Pitts. "I've fished BFL events for years, it felt good to finally win one."
Rounding out the top 10 pros were:
Jaris McGee of Honea Path, S.C., weighed in a five-bass limit totaling 12 pounds, 8 ounces Saturday to win $2,041 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. 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.
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