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Pitts Wins Walmart Bass Fishing Savannah River Division On Lake Russell

McGee wins co-angler title

by: Jody White, Communications Specialist, FLW Outdoors

Butch Pitts of Watkinsville, Ga., weighed a five-bass limit totaling 17 pounds, 1 ounce Saturday to win the third Walmart Bass Fishing League Savannah River Division tournament of 2014 on Lake Russell. For his victory, Pitts earned $4,082.
Photo by FLW Outdoors
(Apr. 10, 2014 - ELBERTON, GA.)

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:

2nd: Scott Browning Franklin, N.C. five bass 16-12 $2,041
3rd: Joseph Marks Duncan, S.C. five bass 15-15 $1,362 +
$300 Evinrude Bonus
4th: Eddie Whiten Jr. Pickens, S.C. five bass 15-12 $952
5th: Todd Goade Suwanee, Ga. five bass 14-14 $816 +
$300 Evinrude Bonus
6th: Russell Clark Abbeville, S.C. five bass 14-1 $748
7th: Chris Nelson Social Circle, Ga. five bass 13-9 $680
8th: Mike Bouknight Greenwood, S.C. five bass 13-7 $612
9th: Greg Glouse Liberty, S.C. five bass 13-5 $544
10th: Greg Willimon Pickens, S.C. four bass 13- $476

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:

2nd: Bobby Smith Asheville, N.C. five bass 11-10 $1,021
3rd: Colby Stephens Demorest, Ga. five bass 10-8 $683
4th: Mark Brinkman Cumming, Ga. three bass 10-5 $476
5th: Terry McClure Cumming, Ga. five bass 9-14 $408
6th: Bobby Wade Gaffney, S.C. five bass 9-8 $374
7th: Tim Jackson Anderson, S.C. five bass 9-7 $340
8th: Spencer Woodson Jonesville, S.C. five bass 9-2 $306
9th: Nolan Pulley Simpsonville, S.C. five bass 9-1 $255
9th: Shane Swann Mars Hill, N.C. five bass 9-1 $255

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.