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Wagner Wins Walmart Bass Fishing League Music City Division On Center Hill Lake

Hill wins co-angler title

by: Jody White, Communications Specialist, FLW Outdoors

Adam Wagner of Cookeville, Tenn., weighed a five-bass limit totaling 18 pounds, 7 ounces Saturday to win the third Walmart Bass Fishing League Music City Division tournament of 2014 on Center Hill Lake. For his victory, Wagner earned $4,296.
Photo by courtesy FLW Outdoors
(Apr. 30, 2014 - SPARTA, TN.)

"My BFL win on Lake Guntersville last year was my favorite victory, but this one was special because it was on my home lake," said Wagner, who earned his ninth career victory in FLW competition and pushed his career earnings over the $300,000 mark.

"I started out bed fishing for largemouth," explained Wagner. "I think I caught four fish off of thier beds fairly early, but I had a couple more found that I couldn't get to bite. Around 10:30 a.m. I started dragging a Carolina rig for smallmouth. I was fishing in areas that had pea gravel mixed with a little bit of rock. You couldn't see them but I'm sure a lot of them were on beds."

Wagner said that his five-bass limit consisted of three smallmouth and two largemouth bass. He used a Zorro shaky-head rigged with a Yamamoto Kut Tail worm to catch the largemouth and a Carolina-rigged Zoom Lizard with a 7-foot long leader for his smallmouth.

Rounding out the top 10 pros were:

2nd: Josh Tramel Smithville, Tenn. five bass 17-14 $1,648
3rd: Matt Stanley Alexandria, Tenn. five bass 16-7 $1,099
4th: Drew Boggs Lebanon, Tenn. five bass 16-0 $769
5th: Tim Staley Dowelltown, Tenn. five bass 15-0 $659
6th: Brandon Tramel Smithville five bass 14-14 $604
7th: Anthony Nash Quebeck, Tenn. five bass 14-13 $521
7th: Lloyd Pickett Jr. Bartlett, Tenn. five bass, 14-13 $521
9th: Craig Dowling Franklin, Tenn. five bass 14-6 $439
10th: James Byrd Florence, Ala. five bass 13-11 $385

Complete results can be found at the FLWOutdoors website.

Randy Hill of Murfreesboro, Tenn., weighed a five-bass limit totaling 11 pounds, 12 ounces Saturday to win $1,648 in the co-angler division.

Rounding out the top 10 co-anglers were:

2nd: Mark Joines McMinnville, Tenn. four bass 10-15 $824
3rd: Dane Gamble La Vergne, Tenn. five bass 9-7 $549
4th: Charles Rutherford Moro, Ill. five bass 9-2 $357
4th: Chris Tarpley Murfreesboro, Tenn. five bass 9-2 $357
6th: David Welcher Burns, Tenn. , five bass 9-1 $302
7th: Ryan Benson Pinson, Tenn. four bass 8-5 $275
8th: Ryan Enko Murfreesboro, Tenn. four bass 8-4 $233
8th: Andrew Rice Mt. Juliet, Tenn. five bass 8-4 $233
10th: Robert Wade Jackson, Mo. three bass 7-14 $182
10th: Justin White Morristown, Tenn. three bass 7-14 $182

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. 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. For more information about FLW visit the FLWOutdoors website and look for FLW on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram and YouTube.