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Huggins Wins Walmart Bass Fishing League Arkie Division Event On Greers Ferry
Webster wins co-angler title
"I started out on the lower end of the lake looking for a kicker largemouth, but I never got it," said Huggins. "The water was up about four feet and back in the bushes, but I guess the fish hadn't moved back there yet.
"Around 9:30 a.m. I made the decision to move back up the lake and start fishing the first break of the old shoreline."
That decision proved to be a good one as Huggins managed to catch six keeper bass on his newly found pattern.
"The break was mostly rock and pea gravel," explained Huggins. "I was fishing a lizard on a Carolina rig, with about a four foot leader. I think the longer leader made a big difference, because it let the bait float higher up off of the bottom.
"When I got back to the ramp I texted my wife and told her that I'd probably have a top-20 finish," said Huggins. "I was shocked when I weighed in and they said I was the current leader. I've only fished five BFL events, and it feels pretty good to win."
Huggins said he caught most of his fish on a six-inch green-pumpkin-colored Zoom Lizard with a chartreuse-colored tail.
Rounding out the top 10 pros were:
Mike Webster of Atkins, Ark., weighed a five-bass limit totaling 9 pounds, 13 ounces Saturday to win $1,963 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. 16-18 Regional Championship on Sam Rayburn Reservoir in Jasper, Texas. 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.
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