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McMahan Wins Walmart Bass Fishing League Choo Choo Division Event On Lake Guntersville

Biffle wins co-angler title

by: Jody White, Communications Specialist, FLW Outdoors

Kevin McMahan of Huntsville, Ala., weighed a five-bass limit totaling 28 pounds, 11 ounces to win the 3rd Walmart Bass Fishing League Choo Choo Division tournament of 2014. For his victory, McMahan earned $3,641.
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(Apr. 15, 2014 - SCOTTSBORO, AL.)

The spawn is in full swing in many southern states and McMahan took full advantage of it to notch his first BFL win.

"I couldnt see them at all because there was so much pollen and color in the water," said McMahan. "The fish were relating primarily to the red-clay banks with hard bottom and shell beds in large shallow coves. They were mostly in places in the mid-lake area that were warmer than the rest of the lake.

"I figure that I culled out a 24 pound bag. I probably had 15 keepers and some shorts," said McMahan. "I would catch a 12-inch little male and then pitch back into the same spot and catch a 5- or 6-pounder.

"Every fish I caught came on a 1/2-ounce Mean Mouth jig. I used a Duckett Fishing Micro Magic rod. It's an extremely sensitive rod and was the right action for that style of fishing.

"I was the very first person to weigh-in," finished McMahan, "I had to wait until the very end to figure out if I won or not."

Rounding out the top 10 pros were:

2nd: James SmithHampton Cove, Ala. five bass 28-8 $1,820
3rd: Gary Fleming Russellville, Ala. five bass 25-4 $1,214
4th: Pat Kelly Sr. Guntersville, Ala. five bass 24-1 $850
5th: Jim Leary Meridianville, Ala. five bass 22-14 $728
6th: Erwin Cole Murfreesboro, Tenn. five bass 21-15 $668 + Evinrude Bonus
7th: Chris Webb Decatur, Ala. five bass 21-11 $607
8th: Bland Morris Huntsville, Ala. five bass 21-3 $515
8th: Terry Tucker Gadsden, Ala. five bass 21-3 $515
10th: Marshall Deakins Dunlap, Tenn. five bass 20-10 $425

John Biffle of Chattanooga, Tenn., weighed in a five-bass limit totaling 27 pounds, 2 ounces Saturday to win $1,820 in the co-angler division.

Rounding out the top 10 co-anglers were:

2nd: Alan Barrett Cullman, Ala. five bass 22-9 $910
3rd: James Boyd Russellville, Ala. five bass 22-4 $516
3rd: Thomas White Iron City, Tenn. five bass 22-4 $516
5th: Robert Richardson Calhoun, Ga. five bass 21-10 $364
6th: Steven Dabbs Boaz, Ala. five bass 20-12 $334
7th: Collin Bruce Florence, Ala. five bass 19-1 $303
8th: Josh Dees Mount Olive, Ala. five bass 18-1 $273
9th: Brennon Binkley Nashville, Tenn. five bass 16-1 $243
10th: Chris Patterson Kimberly, Ala. five bass 15-14 $212

The top 40 boaters and 40 co-anglers based on point standings will qualify for the Oct. 2-4 Regional Championship on the St. John's River in Palatka, Fla. 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.