(Feb 9, 2015 - SCOTTSBORO, AL.)
Chris Webb of Decatur, Alabama, weighed a five-bass limit totaling 28 pounds, 8 ounces Saturday to win the first Walmart Bass Fishing League Choo Choo Division tournament of 2015 on Lake Guntersville. For his victory, Webb earned $6,000.
Chris Webb of Decatur, Ala., weighed a five-bass limit totaling 28 pounds, 8 ounces to win the first Choo Choo Division tournament of 2015 on Lake Guntersville earning him $6,000.
“The competition was extremely tough,” said Webb of the 150-boater field that included multiple professionals that fish on the Walmart FLW Tour. “Lake Guntersville is a difficult lake to fish, so when you can come out on top of a field like that it feels pretty good.”
To claim top honors Webb said he fished the main lake around the Goose Pond area, in a range of depths between 3 to 12 feet. He caught seven fish throughout the day using a red Rat-L-Trap, a black and blue-colored jig and a swimbait.
“I caught my first fish at 8 a.m. and one more around 9:30,” Webb said. “It was between 1 p.m. and 3:15 p.m. when I really cleaned up. The fish became more active as the temperature rose, which helped me find my rhythm.
“A lot of guys were throwing jerkbaits,” continued Webb. “I even threw one a couple times, but my original three baits were what got me the win.”
The top 10 boaters finished the tournament in:
1st: Chris Webb, Decatur, Ala., five bass, 28-8, $6,000
2nd: Keystone Light pro Casey Martin, New Hope, Ala., five bass, 27-5, $3,000
3rd: Josh Driver, Hiram, Ga., five bass, 24-8, $2,000
4th: Tim Hurst, Oxford, Ala., five bass, 24-6, $1,400
5th: Cameron Gautney, Muscle Shoals, Ala., five bass, 24-4, $1,200
6th: Alex Davis, Albertville, Ala., five bass, 23-13, $1,100
7th: Kevin McMahan, Huntsville, Ala., five bass, 21-2, $1,000
8th: Tim Wilson, Gas City, Ind., five bass, 20-14, $900
9th: Robert Behrle, Hoover, Ala., five bass, 20-10, $800
10th: Tommy Henley, Oakfield, Tenn., five bass, 20-2, $700
Terry Lawless of Murfreesboro, Tennessee, weighed in three bass totaling 19 pounds, 10 ounces Saturday to win $3,000 in the co-angler division.
The top 10 co-anglers were:
1st: Terry Lawless, Murfreesboro, Tenn., three bass, 19-10, $3,000
2nd: Randy Evett, Grant, Ala., four bass, 19-1 $1,500
3rd: Jack Gumbert, Huntsville, Ala., five bass, 17-13, $1,000
4th: Jerry Armstrong, Shelbyville, Tenn., five bass, 17-9, $700
5th: Cory Johnson, Crane Hill, Ala., five bass, 17-6, $600
6th: Darrell Hester, Haleyville, Ala., three bass, 16-11, $550
7th: Brian Dodd, Florence, Ala., five bass, 14-11, $500
8th: Harold Driver, Powder Springs, Ga., four bass, 14-8, $450
9th: Davis Whitten, Tuscumbia, Ala., three bass, 14-2, $400
10th: Trent Wright, Scottsboro, Ala., five bass, 13-14, $350
The top 50 boaters and 50 co-anglers based on point standings will qualify for the Oct. 22-24 Regional Championship on Neely Henry Lake in Gadsden, Ala. Boaters will compete for a top award of a Ranger Z518C with a 200-horsepower Evinrude or Mercury outboard and $20,000, 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 50 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. 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 2015 over the course of 240 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.