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Militana Wins Walmart Bass Fishing League Mountain Division Event On Lake Cumberland
Botts wins co-angler title
Militana earned his first FLW win with four smallmouth bass that exceeded the 18-inch size limit.
"My goal was to hit as many spots as possible," said Militana. "I think I hit 30 spots in the tournament. The areas that I was fishing were transition areas near spawning flats. You can run to those areas and make five or six good casts and cover them pretty quickly. I didn't want to get bogged down in the flats, especially because I don't fish on Cumberland Lake very much.
"One of my keys was definitely the one-two punch of my swimbaits," explained Militana. "I threw a 5-inch swimbait in the morning and when the bite slowed in the afternoon I switched to a 3-inch swimbait and caught three more keepers.
"I could have seen that day going completely the other way," said Militana. "I was somewhat surprised that I won with just four bass. My home lake is Dale Hollow Lake and because of the limit there you can't fish for smallmouth in a five-fish tournament. This was the Dale Hollow tournament that I always wanted to fish. I feel very fortunate to win and I'm really pleased that it happened.
Militana said that he threw two different shad-colored swimbaits. One was a 5-inch model on a homemade 3/8-ounce jig head and the other was a 3-inch model on a homemade 1/8-ounce jig head.
Rounding out the top 10 pros were:
Kenny Bottts of Bowling Green, Ky., weighed in a four bass totaling 11 pounds, 9 ounces Saturday to win $2,288 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. 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.
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