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"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:
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:
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.
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