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Lineberger Wins Walmart Bass Fishing League North Carolina Division Event On Lake Wylie

Smelser wins co-angler title

by: Jody White, Communications Specialist, FLW Outdoors

(Apr. 10, 2014 - LAKE WYLIE, S.C.)

A 20-year veteran, Lineberger earned the fifth BFL win of his career - his first on Lake Wylie - and pushed his career earnings mark with FLW to over $100,000.

2nd: Jason Lowman Hickory, N.C. five bass 17-11 $2,118
3rd: Richard Stankwytch Troutman, N.C. five bass 16-13 $1,413
4th: Rob Digh Denver, N.C. five bass 15-15 $917 +
$300 Evinrude Bonus
4th: Marcos Malucelli Fort Mill, S.C. five bass 15-15 $917
6th: Matt Arey Shelby, N.C. five bass 15-10 $776 +
$300 Evinrude Bonus
7th: Kelly Logan Morganton, N.C. five bass 15-3 $706
8th: Klaus Hadschin Granite Falls, N.C. five bass 14-5 $635
9th: Brian Travis Conover, N.C. five bass 14-3 $565
10th: Chris Marshall Forest City, N.C. five bass 13-14 $494

Wayne Smelser of Rural Retreat, Va., weighed in a five-bass limit totaling 14 pounds, 11 ounces Saturday to win $2,118 in the co-angler division.

Rounding out the top 10 co-anglers were:

2nd: Nicholas Shaver Marion, N.C. five bass 14-8 $1,059
3rd: Shorty Vaow Cornelius, N.C. five bass 13-6 $706
4th: John Novinger Bluefield, W.Va. five bass 13-2 $494
5th: Andy Kearns High Point, N.C. five bass 12-15 $424
6th: Darrin Albertson Fort Mill, S.C. four bass 12-13 $388
7th: Dwight Martinez Whiteville, N.C. five bass 12-1 $353
8th: George Hirapetian Charlotte, N.C. five bass 10-14 $318
9th: Chris Carnes York, S.C. five bass 10-6 $264
9th: Cole Huskins Mt. Holly, N.C. four bass 10-6 $264

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.
Shane Lineberger of Lincolnton, N.C., weighed a five-bass limit totaling 18 pounds, 11 ounces Saturday to win the second Walmart Bass Fishing League North Carolina Division tournament of 2014 on Lake Wylie. For his victory, Lineberger earned $4,235.
Photo by courtesy FLW Outdoors