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Ledford, Wallen Tie for Win at Walmart Bass Fishing League Mountain Division Event on Dale Hollow Lake
Helton wins co-angler title
Terry Ledford of Gray, Kentucky, and Brandon Wallen of Monticello, Kentucky, each weighed five-bass limits totaling 19 pounds, 1 ounce Saturday to win the Mississippi Division tournament on Dale Hollow Lake. For their victories, each angler cashed a check worth $3,897. (FLW)
The top 10 boaters finished the tournament in:
1st: Terry Ledford, Gray, Ky., five bass, 19-1, $3,897 + $2,000 Ranger Cup Bonus
1st: Brandon Wallen, Monticello, Ky., five bass, 19-1, $3,897
3rd: Shane Winchester, Glasgow, Ky., five bass, 17-12, $1,733
4th: Robert Reagan, Byrdstown, Tenn., five bass, 17-6, $1,213
5th: Tim McDonald, Prestonsburg, Ky., five bass, 17-4, $1,039
6th: Craig Powers, Harriman, Tenn., five bass, 17-2, $953
7th: Dylan Baker, London, Ky., five bass, 16-7, $866
8th: Adam Wagner, Cookeville, Tenn., five bass, 15-15, $780
9th: Nick Huff, Corbin, Ky., five bass, 15-14, $693
10th: Brian Wilson, Somerset, Ky., five bass, 15-10, $606
Jason Cooper of Shelbyville, Tennessee, caught the biggest bass of the tournament in the pro division, a fish weighing 6 pounds, 1 ounce and earned the day’s Big Bass award of $810.
Tracy Helton of London, Kentucky, weighed in a five-bass limit totaling 13 pounds, 6 ounces Saturday to win $2,566 in the co-angler division.
The top 10 co-anglers were:
1st: Tracy Helton, London, Ky., five bass, 13-6, $2,566
2nd: Kevin Allen, Louisville, Ky., five bass, 12-13, $1,283
3rd: Ryan Rayburn, Salt Lick, Ky., five bass, 12-3, $855
4th: Coleton McDonald, Prestonsburg, Ky., five bass, 11-2, $599
5th: Zack Smith, Middlesboro, Ky., five bass, 11-0, $513
6th: Bruce Dean, Harrodsburg, Ky., four bass, 10-11, $471
7th: Matt Chiodi, West Chester, Ohio, five bass, 10-6, $428
8th: James Worley, Whitley City, Ky., four bass, 10-4, $385
9th: Kevin King, Byrdstown, Tenn., five bass, 9-15, $342
10th: Shane Sparks, Allardt, Tenn., five bass, 9-10, $299
James Martin of Farmersville, Ohio, caught the biggest bass of the tournament in the co-angler division and earned the day’s Big Bass award of $400.
The top 50 boaters and 50 co-anglers based on point standings will qualify for the Oct. 15-17 Regional Championship on Kentucky Lake in Gilbertsville, Kentucky. 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.
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