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Wyman Wins Walmart Bass Fishing League Bama Division Event On Lay Lake

Findley wins co-angler title

by: Jody White, Communications Specialist, FLW Outdoors

Warren Wyman of Calera, Ala., weighed a five-bass limit totaling 18 pounds, 1 ounce Saturday to win the third Walmart Bass Fishing League Bama Division tournament of 2014 on Lay Lake. For his victory, Wyman earned $3,889.
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(May. 08, 2014 - COLUMBIANA, AL.)

"I had to change my game plan because we had a long fog delay," said Wyman. "Normally, I would have started off with topwater but I didn't get to do that because the sun was already up by the time we got to go out.

"I went and targeted some prespawn and spawning fish in a spawning area. It was an area with rocks, sand and grass altogether and the fish really like that. I started off flipping a jig and a Brush Hog around the grass until the sun got up enough so that I could see them.

"Later on I went to some other areas where I normally do really well, but I noticed that the water was very dingy," added Wyman. "It seemed to me that the water had just gotten dirty, so I went back to where I started which was the only place I had seen clear water.

"Once I caught my last big one around 1 o'clock I was feeling pretty good," finished Wyman. "But, I didn't get any practice time for this event and I had caught some bed fish, so I thought someone else may have found some big ones in practice on a bed. I think that the dirty water actually helped me because the area that I chose to fish had fairly clear water."

Wyman said that he used a variety of baits to put together his limit including a homemade jig, Zoom Brush Hog, a white Zipper finesse worm and a watermelon-colored homemade finesse worm.

Rounding out the top 10 pros were:

2nd: Terry Tucker Gadsden, Ala. five bass 15-8 $1,944
3rd: Straight Talk Wireless pro Scott Canterbury Springville, Ala. five bass 15-6 $1,297
4th: Kyle Mabrey McCalla, Ala. five bass 14-6 $907
5th: Bill Spratlin Chelsea, Ala. five bass 14-5 $745
5th: Terry Stevens Marianna, Fla. five bass 14-5 $745
7th: Matthew Owens Dothan, Ala. five bass 14-0 $648
8th: Ronnie McDonough Birmingham, Ala. five bass 13-15 $583
9th: Chris Rutland, Wetumpka Ala. five bass 13-13 $519
10th: Chad Lynch Birmingham, Ala. five bass 13-12 $454

Ezekiel Findley of Montevallo, Ala., weighed a five-bass limit totaling 14 pounds, 5 ounces Saturday to win $1,944 in the co-angler division.

Rounding out the top 10 co-anglers were:

2nd: Marcus Corbett Heflin, Ala. five bass 11-12 $972
3rd: Charlie Allen Newnan, Ga. five bass 10-6 $649
4th: Taylor Smith Dallas, Ga. three bass 10-0 $454
5th: Jeff Huddleston Oxford, Ala. five bass 9-13 $389
6th: Josh Wissinger Hayden, Ala. four bass 9-9 $356
7th: Bill Granberry Moody, Ala. four bass 9-7 $324
8th: Matthew Hale Gardendale, Ala. five bass 8-14 $275
8th: Scott Noles Woodland, Ala. four bass 8-14 $275
10th: Riley Yeargan Clanton, Ala. two bass , 8-0 $227

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. 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.