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Wilkinson Wins WaLmart Bass Fishing League Hoosier Divison Event On Lake Monroe

Burgess wins co-angler title

by: Jody White, Communications Specialist, FLW Outdoors

Chris Wilkinson of Farmersburg, Ind., weighed in a five-bass limit totaling 14 pounds, 15 ounces on Saturday to win the second Walmart Bass Fishing League Hoosier Division tournament of 2014 on Lake Monroe. For his victory, Wilkinson earned $3,756.
Photo by Jody White, Communications Specialist
(May. 13, 2014 - BLOOMINGTON, IN.)

"This win was special," Wilkinson said of his third career BFL victory. "I pride myself on being consistent. Now, I can say I've won at the Ohio River, Lake Monroe and Lake Patoka - the three main places in Indiana the BFL series goes to.

"I started up the river and it was raining," said Wilkinson. "I was throwing a Hawgback Lures buzzbait and I caught my two best fish pretty quickly while it was raining."

Wilkinson said that the rain stopped after a few hours, along with the fish. It wasn't until the sun came out in the last hour that he finished his limit with three solid fish caught on a Hawgback Lures tube.

"I was fishing shallow sloughs," explained Wilkinson. "I targeted the bushes in the backs of them. The better fish seemed to be coming off the bushes that were on little points."

Rounding out the top 10 pros were:
2nd: Aaron Singleton Lagrange, Ky. five bass 13-8 $1,878
3rd: Dan South Corydon, Ind. four bass 10-13 $1,253
4th: Sean Gillenwate Bloomington, Ind. four bass 10-10 $876
5th: Donald Troy Rockville, Ind. three bass 9-11 $751
6th: Nick Teeters Martinsville, Ind. four bass 9-10 $689
7th: Kyle Weisenburger Ottawa, Ohio three bass 8-12 $626
8th: Charlie Smith Union, Ky. two bass 8-6 $563 + $300
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9th: Shane Egan Bloomington, Ind. four bass 8-5 $501
10th: Ryan Chandler Valparaiso, Ind. three bass 8-4 $398
10th: Travis Feuerbach Bloomington, Ind. three bass 8-4 $398
10th: Mike Seal Richmond, Ind. three bass 8-4 $398

Brian Burgess of Palm City, Fla., weighed three bass totaling 7 pounds, 11 ounces Saturday to win $1,835 in the co-angler division.

Rounding out the top 10 co-anglers were:

2nd: Charles Hardin Evansville, Ind. three bass 6-14 $918
3rd: Mike Marshall Paoli, Ind. two bass 5-8 $612
4th: Lance Hounshell Lexington, Ind. one bass 5-3 $428
5th: Coty Seals Vincennes, Ind. one bass 4-14 $367
6th: Travis Andres Georgetown, Ind. one bass 4-7 $321
6th: Gerald Shaw Pendleton, Ind. one bass 4-7 $321
8th: Christopher Hester Mooresville, Ind. two bass 4-0 $275
9th: Justin Clift Indianapolis, Ind. one bass 3-8 $229
9th: Marshall Lachecki Indianapolis, Ind. one bass 3-8 $229

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.